Winnipeg deploys ABC eGates

6 ABC eGates for NEXUS arriving passengers

Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) has introduced six Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates using facial recognition biometrics for NEXUS passengers.

The new biometric ABC eGates use facial recognition to speed up the border clearance of arriving NEXUS enrolled passengers from all international locations using safe and secure automated biometric facial matching.

This system gives Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Winnipeg International Airport added flexibility with faster dedicated lanes that simplifies the airport border clearance process along the way.

How it works

  • the passenger scans their NEXUS member card in the eGate
  • the ABC eGate takes a picture of the passenger’s face (i.e. captures their facial biometrics)
  • a secure identification match is made against the biometric facial information in the passengers’s NEXUS membership profile

Winnibeg is the only international airport in the Province of Manitoba. It is the seventh busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic with close to 5 million passengers in 2019.


NEXUS is a trusted traveller program operated by CBSA that speeds up border crossings into Canada for pre-approved and enrolled Canadian, American, and Mexican citizens. Passengers enrolled in NEXUS avoid border entry lines by using specially reserved lanes equipped with identity screening platforms for faster checks when entering the country from anywhere in the world.

This is the first use of ABC eGates processing NEXUS enrolled passengers instead of the regular NEXUS kiosks. It is also the first NEXUS touchless solution.


The Winnipeg ABC eGates are from Vision-Box. They are part of Vision-Box’s newest generation identity systems and use the latest in biometrics to clear passengers using facial recognition. The GT-11 ABC eGates offer a smaller footprint than the previous NEXUS kiosks and are part of a modernising process for a seamless passenger trip from curb to boarding at Winnipeg International Airport.

Vision-Box has installed eGates at a number of airports in the Americas, including:

N.B. Image credit: Vision-Box

Internet links

Winnipeg International Airport (YWG)

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)