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Gemalto aims for faster immigration control

Launches integrated Border and Visa Management solution

Gemalto aims for faster immigration control
Hisham Surakhi, Managing Director, Gemalto Middle East.

Digital security provider Gemalto has introduced a visa and border management technology said to simplify travel procedures.

According to Gemalto, Coesys Border and Visa Management solution will enhance security of border checkpoints and significantly reduce waiting times through automated document verification and border control systems.

Hisham Surakhi, managing director of Gemalto Middle East said: "We have reached a point where the sheer volume of passenger traffic is increasing at a rapid pace throughout the GCC. This increase is forcing airport management to look at alternative solutions to deal with the influx of passengers. Gemalto's solution is [timely] and comes to the region when governments and airport authorities need to fast track travellers through international airports with limited hassle and zero compromise on security."

According to Airports Council International, Dubai currently ranks as the second busiest airport in the world and the busiest in the Middle East, with passengers increasing from 60m to 75m per annum. In January 2014 passenger traffic reached 6,400,706, up 15.1% from 5,559,760 recorded during the same month in 2013. The increase in passengers is not just confined to the UAE; Qatar estimates that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will attract at least 1m visitors to the country.

Over the next few years, the GCC is predicted to attract tens of thousands more tourists due to Expo 2020 in the UAE and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Gemalto's visa and border management technology is designed to enable government authorities to implement an electronically connected system for easy deployment of immigration policies and help high volumes of airport traffic. The solution is said to deliver higher rates of detection and prevention through official international databases and it can check if a travel document has been lost or stolen.

The new technology also incorporates automated e-gates at border immigration check points with traveller verification systems to verify that an e-passport is authentic and facial or fingerprint recognition technology to match the holder to the electronic data securely stored on the e-passport.

"This new solution capitalises on Gemalto's security expertise and the hundreds of millions of electronic travel documents with the associated services that we have deployed so far," said Frédéric Trojani, executive vice president, Government Programmes at Gemalto. "With air passenger traffic expected to double by 2030 and 53% of all passports issued forecast to embed the electronic feature in 2017, Coesys Border and Visa Management comes about just when governments need to fast track travellers through major international airports, with no compromise on security."

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