Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport acquires self-service border control system


11 September 2013

Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Gemalto is equipping the Norwegian National Police Directorate with its Coesys eBorder solution, a self-service border control system for Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport. Based on sophisticated automatic passport verification and facial recognition technology, the solution offers Norwegian citizens travelling from non-Schengen countries a faster journey through Norway’s busiest airport. The eGate, an expedited border crossing system designed to streamline the immigration clearance process, features a highly secure, two-stage verification. At the first step, the passport is authenticated and if approved, the traveller is allowed to move on to a second gate for automatic facial recognition. The traveller can continue his or her journey when the system confirms that the picture matches the electronic portrait securely stored on the e-passport. By allowing Norwegian passengers to verify their identity themselves with their ePassports, the Coesys eBorder solution reduces queuing time and improves the travelling experience, without compromising security. “This 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,” said Tommi Nordberg, Senior Vice President for Government Programmes at Gemalto. “Every year more than 700 million EU citizens cross the EU’s external borders, and by 2030 this number will nearly double.”

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