UK boosts numbers of biometric border gates
17 November 2014 17:35 GMT

There are 109 ePassport gates in the UK at 18 airport terminals.

Airports in London and Manchester are installing new ePassport gates as part of plans to improve security and the general airport experience for passengers arriving at the UK.

While London City Airport installed its first five new egates in the airport’s immigration hall last week, staff at Manchester Aiport also said it plans to add five of the gates to its Terminal 3 by Easter 2015 - there are already ePassport gates in Terminals 1 and 2.

There are 109 ePassport gates in the UK at 18 airport terminals with an average of more than one million passengers using them every month - the gates use facial recognition technology to provide identity and security checks in a matter of seconds.

 A rollout of the technology is set to continue for the next two years, replacing and expanding existing sites and installing at new sites including rail and sea ports.

“Keeping the UK's border secure is our priority,” says James Brokenshire, UK Immigration and Security Minister. “At the same time we want to welcome visitors, tourists, and businesspeople who can contribute to the UK economy.

“Using the latest technology helps us to do both and is popular with passengers. The ePassport gates at London City Airport will provide a fast and convenient way for tourists, business visitors and Britons returning home to pass through the border securely.”

The gates have been developed by Vision-Box. Ian Stamatakis-Brown, the company’s UK Country Manager, commented: “Vision-Box’s eGates ensure a reliable automated passenger identification process, while helping airports strive towards improved passenger satisfaction by speeding up control processes and reducing queuing times in immigration halls. The process is simple, hassle-free and an enjoyable technological experience.”