Advanced Biometric Systems to Be Deployed in Europe


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A new biometric entry and exit system that will go into effect in Europe next year will require the processing of millions of people each year. 

In accordance with the Schengen Agreement signed in 1985, 26 European countries have officially abolished all passports and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. In 2017 the European Union adopted a new directive for the deployment of a biometric entry and exit registration system (EES) for Member States in order to strengthen the security of the Schengen Area and modernize border crossings. 

In accordance with the directive, these countries will deploy pre-registration kiosks or similar equipment in order to allow non-Schengen visitors to register their identity quickly and securely, including their biometric data (fingerprint and facial biometrics).

To this end, the Thales Gemalto Border Kiosk will provide a self-service, intuitive and interactive terminal to guide travelers through every stage of identity registration and verification.

These kiosks, designed and manufactured in Europe, will incorporate various document verification and biometric technologies offering rapid registration for travelers, highly accurate identity verification, data management protection and advanced operational fluidity at border crossings.

The effective verification technology of biometric data allows Member States to accurately identify any attempted identity fraud and prevent individuals with false documents, multiple identities, etc. from entering the country.

The pre-registration kiosks are software optimized for ultra-rapid checks of a document’s authenticity and intelligent detection of any attempted identity fraud, according to the company’s announcement on