Hungary’s busiest airports welcome the installation of Automated Border Control gates (ABC gates or eGates) by ARH as a means to manage the steady increase of travelers. The multi-factor personal identification operating in the eGates involves biometric authentication of passengers during border control at both arrival and departure. In fact, e-passport reading and verification, combined with the biometric authentication and identification of passengers, goes beyond the context of homeland security: for many passengers arriving from outside the Schengen area, Hungary is the gateway to Europe – in this sense, Budapest is responsible for the safety and security of half a billion EU citizens.
ARH supports air terminals like Budapest Airport to optimize the reliable identification and flow of travelers – by establishing trusted biometric identity verification and authentication processes – with direct support from the Home Affairs Fund of the European Union.
The cooperation between ARH and Secunet
- ARH is Prime contractor for the delivery and installation of the ABC solution. ARH contributes their Combo Smart Kiosk document reader to perform the optical reading of printed information in the travel document and the digital reading of the smart chip in e-passports, plus the verification of the authenticity of the travel document;
- secunet as subcontractor provides 14 secunet easygates – incorporating ABC hardware and software to complete an efficient, secure, future-proof eGate system.
About the eGates
The eGate system meets requirements for maximum security by incorporating the latest technology to protect against fraud while at the same time assuring convenient passenger processes through intelligent sensors and user guidance. Features include:
- Tailgating prevention via cameras and sensors
- Checking identity of passport holder by comparing live face camera image with facial image stored on chip
- Cross-checking of blacklists of national and international databases
- Checking eGate status, e.g. left object detection
- Liveness and spoofing detection, also known as Presentation Attack Detection (PAD), to prevent fraud using printed photographs or masks.
The ABC gates are compatible with effective EU regulations and are already compliant to the requirements of the new EU Entry/Exit system that will be implemented in 2021.
More than 250 easygates are currently operating at major international airports, e.g. in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Iceland.