Germany's biometric-based eGates go live
24 July 2014 17:51 GMT

Europe's largest eGate project moves out of pilot phase

Germany's biometric-based EasyPass eGates have officially gone live, following a pilot that started in February this year.

The Bundespolizei (Federal Police) awarded the EasyPASS eGate contract last August to Bundesdruckerei and secunet Security Networks. Adding to the “Made in Germany” feel, Cognitec Systems provides the face capturing and matching solution, while Magnetic Autocontrol Group is the provider of the physical gate.

Planet Biometrics has learned that 45 new EasyPASS eGates and 4 old EasyPASS eGates are already operational at 10 locations at Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf Airport. More than 500,000 passengers have now been processed by the new eGates.

By the end of 2014, it is understood that at least 32 more eGates will be installed and additional deployments are scheduled for Q1 & Q2 in 2015. When awarded the contract was valid for 10 years and included an option for 180 more eGates.

The ambitious solution is usable by holders of 1st and 2nd generation EU/EER/CH ePassports, as well as German eID card holders. The EasyPASS eGates deployed are two door (entry and exit) mantrap solutions. This approach was mainly chosen for security reasons – as such a solution is able to prevent travelers “escaping” if there is a positive hit against a watch list, for example. The face capturing unit (camera and illumination) is integrated in the exit door ensuring a smooth passage of the traveler through the eGates.