To help airports speed up the border inspection process, Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) has announced a biometric upgrade to its BorderXpress Automated Passport Control (APC) system. The new kiosks are currently available at YVR and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
BorderXpress automates the administrative function of the border inspection process to reduce traveller wait times, passenger congestion and airport processing costs. YVR has now announced an upgrade to the kiosks with biometric technology from Cross Match Technologies.
This will enable international travellers with Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval to use BorderXpress. Previously only available to U.S. and Canadian passport holders, BorderXpress will accept eligible travellers from 38 countries which do not require US entry visas, including Australia, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.
By enabling more travellers to use the kiosks, congestion and wait times are further reduced at airports. In internal tests it was found that BorderXpress APC kiosks reduce the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection process by 89 percent while lowering overall airport wait times by 50 percent.
The kiosk technology, BorderXpress, is a product of Vancouver Airport Authority. In its first year, BorderXpress kiosks have processed more than 4.4 million U.S. passengers and counting. BorderXpress Automated Passport Control is currently available at 10 airport locations.