Vision-Box, a provider of self-service biometric-based airport solutions, in collaboration with the Finnish Border Guard (RAJA) has deployed the EU first entry/exit system (EES) project at Helsinki Airport (HEL) in the Schengen area.

The entry/exit system project looks to expand and upgrade the existing border control infrastructure and boost operational efficiency at the airport.

Vision-Box secured a contract from RAJA to provide a scalable system, enabling Finland to implement Smart Borders at the airport.

Since early 2019, RAJA and Vision-Box have executed the project in phases, at Helsinki Airport, which is the biggest and busiest airport in the country.

According to Vision-Box, the implementation of the new system will ensure that Finland is in compliance with the EU regulations on biometric and biographic data capture at entry and exit points in the Schengen area.

It is also expected to support officers on the duty and improve operational efficiency.

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Featuring a suite of digital tools, the new infrastructure minimises or eliminates passenger contact with touchscreen surfaces.

Besides, contactless biometric identification addresses safety concerns by reducing physical interaction with the airport and border control officers.

Once the system becomes operational next year, EES would replace traditional border controls of third-country nationals with digital passenger processing and automated biometric data collection.

RAJA is already using the solution with transitional workflows that include the self-service processing of physical visas for TCN-VH (Visa Holders).

Vision-Box strategic sales and global partnerships vice-president Jeff Lennon said: “Finland has become the Smart Borders pioneer by implementing the first EES project inside the Schengen space, leveraging Vision-Box’s expertise and innovative solutions.

“The country is now the reference for a successful, secure, safe and compliant solution for EES’ enablement at air borders.”