All You Need To Know About Automated Border Control

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Countries around the world are seeking more creative ways to increase the security of their borders. They are also focusing on providing seamless travel experiences. Automated Border Control (ABC) is one of the emerging forms of ensuring security, and also providing a frictionless travel experience.  

What is automated border control?

An automated border control (ABC) system is an automated system that uses biometrics, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, to verify the identity of travelers at border control points. These systems are designed to speed up the process of crossing borders. This eliminates the need for travelers to present physical documents such as passports. It works by automating the process of comparing the traveler’s biometric information against a database of authorized individuals. Some examples of ABC systems include e-Gates and Smart Gates, which are in use at airports in several countries. These systems are typically used in conjunction with other security measures, such as immigration checks and baggage screening. This is done to make sure ensure the safety and security of the border. 

How automated border control works

ABC systems can be used at various border control points including airports, seaports, and land borders. They can be used by both national and international travelers. The process of using an ABC system typically involves the following steps:

  1. The traveler presents their biometric information, such as a fingerprint or facial image, to the system
  2. The system compares the biometric information against a database of an authorized individual
  3. If the traveler’s biometric information matches an entry in the database.
  4. The system grants the traveler permission to proceed through border control.

Globally, several countries that have implemented the use of ABC systems. They include Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, and many European Union countries. The main advantages of the use of ABC systems are increased speed and efficiency at border control points. However, the systems still need to be used alongside other security measures. Such as immigration checks and baggage screening, to ensure the safety and security of the border.

Additionally, ABC systems raise concerns around data privacy and security, as well as potential biases in the technology that could lead to discrimination against certain groups of people.

Advantages of automated border control

The main advantages of using automated border control (ABC) systems include:

Increased speed and efficiency: By automating the process of verifying travelers’ identities, ABC systems can significantly reduce the time it takes for travelers to pass through border control. This can lead to shorter wait times and reduced congestion at border control points.

Improved security: ABC systems can help to improve security at border control points by comparing travelers’ biometric information against a database of authorized individuals. This can help to prevent the use of fraudulent documents, and reduce the risk of human error in the identification process.

Better tracking and monitoring of travelers: ABC systems can help to improve the tracking and monitoring of travelers by creating a digital record of the identity of each traveler and their entry/exit from the country.

Enhanced traveler experience: ABC systems can enhance the overall experience for travelers by reducing wait times, and eliminating the need for travelers to present physical documents such as passports.

Increased accessibility: ABC systems can be used by travelers of all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities or mobility issues, which may find it hard to provide a physical passport.

M2sys Border Management System

The M2sys Border Management System is a solution that offers a comprehensive approach to e-gate technology, allowing travelers to bypass long lines when they arrive at an airport or seaport. The system utilizes biometric technology, such as fingerprint or iris scans, to pre-register travelers, allowing them to quickly and easily pass through e-gates by simply scanning their passport and looking at a camera. The system is designed to provide a seamless and efficient experience for travelers, while also improving security and reducing wait times at border control points.

M2SYS is a global provider of biometric technology. The biometric border control is one of the many projects that M2SYS has done. M2SYS has been fueling the needs of governments and enterprises around the world for over a decade using e-Government solutions and biometric turnkey solutions. For more information on how M2SYS can help you with your next biometric project, please get in touch with us. 


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