Vision-Box® will supply a substantial number of next generation eGates to ports of entry to the UK for the next four years. Having previously installed 46 of the UK Border Force’s first generation eGates since 2009, Vision-Box® has now been awarded the contract to deploy up to 180 of the 2nd Generation of eGates, Vision-Box® vb i-match® 5.
To date, more than 13 million passengers have passed through Vision-Box® eGates located at seven of the UK’s busiest International Airports. The expectation is for this number to increase rapidly once the rollout of the new eGates has taken place at these and other airports.
To deliver this project Vision-Box® have sub-contracted ESP Global Services for rapid on-site engineering support and Accenture to provide accreditation and consulting services. The 2nd Generation eGates present a slim, unique form factor, developed in conjunction with UKBF, which complies with specific design requirements for UK airports and makes the most of the limited space in the immigration halls.
Miguel Leitmann, Senior Vice President of Vision-Box® S.A., stated that “today, as in 2009, Vision-Box® is fully committed to supporting Border Force protect the UK borders by offering a secured, unparalleled and positive experience to passengers entering the country.”
From UK Border Force, Haroona Franklin, Director of Border Systems Strategy & Capability, highlights the fact that “this deployment will represent the biggest ePassport Gate project in Europe. The new gates will allow Border Force to improve the passenger experience while maintaining security at the border and enabling the effective deployment of our resources to areas of highest priority”.
Gatwick Airport is leading the way, having recently officially opened the first bank of 15 new Generation ePassport Gates to the public.
I think you’ll find the new gates are the v3 models, as the v1 is in Manchester T1, other sites are v2, and Gatwick South is v3.