Courtesy of Planet Biometrics
Portuguese biometric eGate firm Vision-Box has revealed that Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International has decided to expand its use of the Aruba Happy Flow project solution at both arrivals and departures. Described as the the first 100% self-service passenger flow ever, the Aruba Happy Flow pilot project was inaugurated nearly a year ago. The ABC eGates in operation alongside the Aruba Happy Flow eGates at Arrivals have already processed to date more than 130,000 passengers from 33 different countries. Vision-Box noted that the Aruba Airport Authority (AAA), manager and operator of the Aruba Airport, has decided to expand the solution at both Arrivals and Departures with new Automated Border Control eGates to take further advantage of the potential of the ABC technology.
Last December, a dedicated Automated Border Control area was inaugurated for US Departures, to address the increasing flow of American. Since the inauguration, more than 20,000 passengers have already been processed. For the Aruba Immigration Services (IASA), this upgrade means a significant enhancement of security levels as they are relying on secure and robust common-use biometric passenger touch points and a powerful software suite integrating the entire infrastructure and monitoring all passenger operations. Integrated with IASA’s system, a full-fledged management platform allows operating officers to monitor all Automated Border Control eGates through a smartphone, supervising all operations and passenger processing status, biometric captures, identification document security features and authentication response, results of background checks, VISA status, among other possibilities.
Furthermore, this innovative inspector software integrates data related to the announced digital Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card), a new convenient and green alternative to the existing paper version, which can be easily completed by the passengers with the required information before embarking on their journey. This means that, as soon as this digital document becomes mandatory, the ABC eGates will only clear passengers upon Arrival that have successfully submitted their ED-card, in addition to all the checks already being performed. Jean-François Lennon, Vice-President for Global Business Development & Sales of Vision-Box, remarks: “Aruba is riding the crest of the wave of passenger experience!
Having given stage to the first ever 100% self-service passenger journey, Queen Beatrix International Airport is having the privilege to feel what Aruba Happy Flow is about: happy, returning passengers. Adding the recent expansion of eGates is just a natural step towards increased efficiency, safety and a welcoming passenger-friendly airport.”