Gemalto and its partner Automatic Systems have been selected to supply, install and maintain automated border control gates at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports.
The project, which will be carried out as part of the French PARAFE programme, will involve the installation of 87 e-gates at the airports.
From early 2017, passengers will be able to pass through Gemalto’s new e-gates using only their passport and fingerprint, saving time on departure and arrival at Paris’ main airports.
Gemalto government programmes executive vice-president Frédéric Trojani said: “From a passenger point of view, our solution gives the experience of an uninterrupted passage through the gates as it only takes a few seconds.
“It allows optimum use of biometric technologies and also improves border control security as it allows for increased detection of fraud cases.”
Passengers are required to present their electronic passport, then their finger at the e-gate.
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The fingerprint is matched against biometric data stored in the document to verify the passenger’s identity.
The information will be monitored by border protection officers in real-time.
Over time, the technology is expected to evolve to enable facial recognition.
Gemalto said it has partnered with two Bolloré Group subsidiaries, Automatic Systems and IER, to carry out the project.
Image: E-gates at an airport. Photo: courtesy of Gemalto.