International digital security company Gemalto has deployed its self-service border control system, Coesys eBorder, at the Norwegian National Police Directorate at Oslo's Gardermoen Airport.
eBorder, an automated border control gate leveraging electronic secure travel documents, is based on the latest automatic passport verification and facial recognition technology, and makes journey easier at the airport for Norwegian citizens commuting from non-Schengen countries.
Designed to simplify the immigration clearance process, the eGate is equipped with a highly secure, two-stage verification system.
The passport is authenticated and, if approved, travellers go to a second gate for automatic facial recognition, from where they can continue the journey after confirmation from the system that the picture matches the electronic portrait stored on the e-passport.
Gemalto Government Programs senior vice president Tommi Nordberg said that the self-service border control project is a major step towards the EU 'Smart Borders' initiative, which aims at enabling smooth and swift border crossing to simplify life for citizens frequently travelling to the EU.
"Every year more than 700 million EU citizens cross the EU's external borders, and by 2030 this number will nearly double.
"Gemalto is proud to make the journey as easy as possible for tourists and business travellers visiting Europe," Norberg added.
The eGate system does not carry any personal data in order to ensure complete protection of sensitive data, and is continuously monitored by a border control guard.
The Coesys eBorder Gate, which allows passengers to verify their identity themselves with their ePassports, cuts queuing time while improving the travelling experience with adequate security.
Oslo's Gardermoen Airport currently handles more than 20 million passengers annually.
The latest automated border control project is an extension of the e-passport programme, which is already entrusted to Gemalto in 2010, will help remove bottlenecks at passport control points, and maintain safe and secure borders.
Image: Oslo's Gardermoen Airport currently handles more than 20 million passengers annually. Photo: courtesy of Oslo Airport; photographers Trond Isaksen & Knut Bry.