Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) in Barbados has expanded its use of self-service border control kiosks.
The airport now has 48 border control kiosks. It has added adding 32 new kiosks to the 16 already installed in August 2018.
The aim of the biometric system is to enhance security, simplify the border clearance process, reduce wait times and improve the overall passenger experience.
The kiosks can be used by all arriving passengers. Using the biometric kiosks, passengers scan their travel documents and complete their declaration.
Eligible passengers verify their identity and admissibility using facial recognition technology before proceeding to a border services officer for final inspection.
This process ultimately reduces time spent with the border services officers and decreases overall processing times for arriving passengers.
The BorderXpress kiosks come from Innovative Travel Solutions, an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Chris Gilliland, Director of Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority:
The implementation of an additional 32 BorderXpress kiosks at Grantley Adams International Airport will ultimately simplify the border clearance process for all arriving passengers and reduce wait times significantly.
“BorderXpress continues to prove its effectiveness globally and we are excited to explore new opportunities to optimize the border clearance process for passengers, airports and governments.”
In a press release, Innovative Travel Solutions says that its BorderXpress kiosks are proven to reduce passenger wait times by more than 60 per cent. They site a recently published White Paper by InterVISTAS, (prepared for Innovative Travel Solutions) that concluded that the use of kiosks for border control significantly outperforms competing technologies, such as eGates, providing a much higher throughput of passengers.
N.B. Image credit: Innovative Travel Solutions