By Elke Oberg, Cognitec Systems.
Cognitec’s automated passport control product FaceVACS- Entry features in eight ABC gates (eGates) at Venice Marco Polo Airport, following the airport’s decision to facilitate expedited border control checks at the international terminal. The eGate implementation project was delivered by N-Aitec, an airport IT provider and system integrator.
As the traveler enters the eGate, FaceVACS-Entry detects the person’s face, adjusts the position of the cameras according to the person’s height and then captures best-quality images that guarantee high verification accuracy. The software instantly verifies the live images against biometric photos stored in passports or other ID documents, and a confident comparison result opens the gate door.
Since the initial rollout in July 2015, more than 600,000 passengers have used the self-service eGates for immigration processes, with four gates serving arrivals, and four gates the departure area. Venice airport sees a growing number of travelers favoring the speed and usability of the automated procedure.
“Our partnership with N-Aitec contributes to further development of face recognition technology for automated border control. We are excited to see such positive eGate user response, and look forward to working on more installations at Venice airport,” says Alfredo Herrera, Cognitec CEO.
“We are receiving positive feedback from eGate users,” says Corrado Fischer, COO at SAVE, the Venice Airport management company. “We started with two gates in 2015, and now a total of eight is placed in the arrival and departure areas, as we experienced their high reliability and impressive throughput—this is why we are planning to further increase the number of eGates and offer a better journey experience for all our passengers.”
FaceVACS-Entry combines smart hardware for facial image acquisition with market-leading software for verification processes, and is ready for integration into electronic gates (eGates) at border control checkpoints. The latest software release, FaceVACS-Entry 5.3, includes Cognitec’s current matching algorithm B10 and generates higher accuracy rates for passport images with low resolution and other image quality problems. Cognitec also optimized the performance of FaceVACS-Entry’s unique presentation attack detector, which recognizes fraudulent attempts to use photos, videos or masks. Cognitec also improved various user experience features. Persons entering the gate can overlay the moving contour around their live facial image with a static head silhouette in an optimal position for face recognition measures. The display also alerts users to remove sunglasses. Additional feature upgrades provide system administrators with more streamlined calibration and configuration procedures.
Since the introduction of FaceVACS-Entry in 2014, Cognitec has spent significant development efforts to advance product utilities and respond to increasing demand for accurate, fast and convenient face recognition technologies at borders.