Australia’s SmartGate system opens to US passengers
The very first US passenger to use the SmartGate in Australia! SmartGate is now available to US passengers who are members of the United States’ Global Entry programme.
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have announced that Australia’s automated border control system, SmartGate, is now available to Global Entry members on a trial basis.
The SmartGate system, which uses biometric facial recognition technology to automatically process eligible passengers, was previously only available to Australian and, during another trial, New Zealand passengers.
Now, members of Global Entry are able to use SmartGate upon arrival in Australia if they travel on a valid US ePassport and are at least 16 years of age.
The Australian Government’s Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, said: “The extension of SmartGate to US Global Entry Program members will mean more travellers than ever before will have a choice about how they are processed when they arrive in Australia.”
More information can be found here.
FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam from 25-26 April 2016.
Prepare for the passenger experience of 2025 at FTE Europe 2016, 25-26 April, Amsterdam
Future Travel Experience Europe 2016 (25-26 April, RAI Amsterdam) will be the region’s most forward-thinking passenger experience event this year, thanks to the ‘Passenger Experience 2025’ theme, inspirational keynote addresses by Philips Head of Design Pierre-Yves Panis and SkyTeam CEO Perry Cantarutti, two unique conference agendas, an Air France-KLM Innovation Symposium, the Co-creation Forum Europe, the FTE Bag Drop Symposium, an end-to-end exhibition and a social agenda based around the world famous King’s Day celebrations.
Senior figures from the likes of Google, IATA, easyJet, CitizenM, Vueling, daa, Air France-KLM, Schiphol Group, Ryanair, Gatwick Airport, Finavia, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and Swedavia will address delegates in the ‘On the Ground’ conference, providing an unmatched learning environment. Each of these leading industry experts will share their passenger experience visions and outline how they are planning to leverage new and emerging technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics, to biometric technology and mobile-enabled digital personalisation, to improve the passenger experience and enhance operational efficiency.
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