A pilot is underway at Dublin Airport, allowing certain arriving passengers to use self-service immigration through automated border control gates. SITA’s iBorders biometric gates use facial recognition technology to identify each passenger, verifying that they are the passport holder and are authorised to enter the country. Up to 1,000 passengers per day are currently being processed, in as few as 7.5 seconds each.
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D said: “Border control arrangements at Dublin Airport are currently undergoing major change. Immigration control processes are being reviewed and leading-edge border technology such as automated gates is being tested. Many major European airports are adopting a similar trend towards the deployment of automated gates for immigration control functions to enhance passengers’ experience on arrival at airports while also strengthening border security. The trial period will test the suitability of e-gates for use at Dublin Airport with a view to providing a more secure and efficient means for clearing passengers through immigration control. I look forward to receiving recommendations on the future use of such technology on conclusion of the trials.”
The automated border control gates will be at Dublin Airport until October.