ePassports EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests
Prague, September 7th - 12th 2008

e-Border Control in Europe / The 2009-2019 Airport Passenger Queuing Perspective

It’s more than high time to prepare our European international airports to process the new European biometric passports and visas.

After some slides presenting our Sagem Sécurité company and its specific e-passport and e-visas skills, the presentation sums up the new European border control regulations and milestones as regards the e-passports and VIS systems. It highlights the projected increased manual processing time at the border, be it for European passengers, or non European with or without visa. All in all, these times will be multiplied around three times including the biometric e-passport chip EAC opening and control.

Through simulation modelling in an international West-European major airport, taking into account the arrival flight schedules, the passenger categories (EU, non EU, priority) and proportions and the traffic increase due to the EU US open skies new regulations, it quantifies the foreseen consequences as regards police staff on duty or passenger queuing time.
When every passenger will be controlled through biometrics, passenger queuing time may be multiplied three to five times : massive automation through e-gates will be the only efficient solution, with shared benefits for every air transport stakeholder.

It presents some of Sagem Sécurité operational automated border control, the tokenless IRIS using iris in Great Britain, SMARTGATE using the e-passport face in Australia and BIG using fingers from a RT card in Egypt, with lessons learnt.

It ends with some slides around the French project PARAFES which will massively use the European e-passport.