Cognitec’s automated passport control product FaceVACS-Entry features in eight ABC gates (eGates) at Venice Marco Polo Airport, following the airport’s decision to facilitate expedited border control checks at the international terminal. The eGate implementation project was delivered by N-Aitec, an airport IT provider and system integrator.
As the traveller enters the eGate, FaceVACS-Entry detects the person’s face, adjusts the position of the cameras according to the person’s height and then captures best-quality images that guarantee high verification accuracy. The software instantly verifies the live images against biometric photos stored in passports or other ID documents, and a confident comparison result opens the gate door.
Since the initial rollout in July 2015, more than 600,000 passengers have used the self-service eGates for immigration processes, with four gates serving arrivals, and four gates the departure area. Venice airport sees a growing number of travellers favouring the speed and usability of the automated procedure.
“We are receiving positive feedback from eGate users,” says Corrado Fischer, COO at SAVE, the Venice Airport management company. “We started with two gates in 2015, and now a total of eight is placed in the arrival and departure areas, as we experienced their high reliability and impressive throughput—this is why we are planning to further increase the number of eGates and offer a better journey experience for all our passengers.”