Portugese biometric border solutions firm Vision-Box has implemented face recognition-enabled ABC biometric gates at French border for the Eurostar rail link in St Pancras station in London.
The company has noted in a statement that this is the first time that biometric self-service tech has been deployed at a border within an international rail hub.
The ABC deployment is the result of an initiative between Eurostar, the French border police (DCPAF) and the French Ministry of Interior.
Currently the border has to process some 26,000 passengers/day at borders, and there is an estimated 20% expected increase in traffic levels in the coming years.
Mikaël Lemarchand, Director of Stations at Eurostar, declared: “Eurostar’s mission is to deliver a memorable experience to our customers. At every single touch point of their journey with Eurostar, whether in business lounges, on board the brand new trains or at border controls in our terminals, the customers are offered delightfully easy solutions. That is why we selected Vision-Box to accompany us on this very innovative journey.”
He added that the firm is now planning to deploy automated border controls throughout the Eurostar network, in Paris and Brussels.
Miguel Leitmann, CEO and Founder of Vision-Box, added: “Since the first day of our journey with Eurostar and the French Ministry of Interior, together in close relationship with the Border Police (DCPAF), we have been engaged in a enthusiastic, hard-working and intense multi-stakeholder partnership which materializes its apogee through the successful operation of a truly innovative passenger facilitation process at a landmark rail hub.”
The eGates solution has been deployed at St Pancras International as part of a Private/Public innovative initiative between stakeholders, for use by all passengers from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland over 18 years old and holding a valid electronic Passport.