IT and telecommunication provider SITA has supplied 100 of its automated border control kiosks for installation in three major international airports in Mexico.
The SITA iBorders BorderAutomation ABCKiosks have been installed at the Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos airports.
The kiosks are equipped with biometric technology to verify passengers’ identities and are expected to help the Government of Mexico to improve border control by automating the entry process.
The kiosks will initially be used to identify passengers when they enter the country.
Over time, the kiosks will assist the full admission process for Mexican citizens and non-citizens who do not require a visa for entry.
They will be used by arriving passengers to provide standard travel information to the authorities by placing their hand to be scanned for fingerprints. After verifying the identity of the passengers against the National Institute of Immigration (INM) database, the kiosks will allow the passengers to enter the country.
Travellers from up to five SITA kiosks can be managed from just one immigration counter. The kiosks have reportedly reduced the time passengers spend in queues by as much as 40%.
Mexico Ministry of Communications and Transportation secretary general Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said: “The installation of these kiosks represents another example of the implementation of state-of-the-art technology in Mexico, aimed at preserving the safety of people and their goods, as well as facilitating activities related to aviation.
“Automating the entry of domestic and foreign passengers who do not require a visa is achieved by capturing biometric data (fingerprints, photography and scanning of the passport), which quadruples the capacity of passenger attention for each migration agent.”
Mexico Ministry of Tourism secretary general Enrique De la Madrid also said that the newly installed kiosks are set to improve security and facilitate the arrival of visitors to the country in the wake of growing number of visitors at international airports.