Research centre develops best practices for ABCs


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and its partners have developed a set of best practices for automated border control.

The centre has, in cooperation with European partners, VTT has developed a set of best practices for the development and introduction of next-generation automated border control systems.

The guidelines aim to tackle passenger self-service at border control because it is a growing trend at Europe's external frontiers.

The group notes that harmonised solutions will provide faster border checks and shorter waiting times for passengers. At the same time, security and cost-effectiveness will be promoted as equipment and usability are harmonised at EU level.

"During the project, we evaluated the risks and vulnerabilities in relation to automated border control systems to identify individuals. We have developed border control processes that have been successfully tested and evaluated in various operating environments at airports, on cruise ships, and for passenger cars at land borders. We developed alert systems based on intelligent data-processing," says Sirra Toivonen, who is in charge of the project at VTT.

"FastPass provided a great opportunity to develop of our fingerprint recognition technology in cooperation with VTT's world-class experts and other companies. Through the project, we obtained confirmation that our expertise and experience are among the best in the world," says Jukka Hosio, CEO of Deltabit Oy.

"The project has enabled the development of new features in our control software, improving our ability to respond rapidly to emerging customer needs. We do not believe that these advances would have occurred without extensive international collaboration via FastPass," says Petri Bäckström, CEO of Mirasys Oy.

However, self-service machines have yet to become established; passengers, in particular, are still learning about and getting use to them. If more people pass efficiently through automatic border control systems, staff can focus more effectively on passengers who require closer control.

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