German eGate contract largest in Europe

23/08/13

Germany has announced the winners of a major Euro 30 million tender that will see biometric-based eGates rolled out across the country on a scale yet to be seen in Europe.

Some 90 eGates will be implemented across Germany’s major airports, including, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. The contract is valid for 10 years and includes an option for 180 more eGates.

The Bundespolizei (Federal Police) awarded the EasyPASS eGate contract to Bundesdruckerei and secunet Security Networks. Adding to the “Made in Germany” feel, Cognitec Systems will provide the face capturing and matching solution, while Magnetic Autocontrol Group is the provider of the physical gate.

Bundesdruckerei will provide document readers (VISOTEC Expert 600 readers) and the document database. These will be integrated into the secunet easygate solution, which takes advantage of secunet’s biomiddle middleware and software backbone.

When rolled out the ambitious solution will be usable by holders of 1st and 2nd generation EU/EER/CH ePassports, as well as German eID card holders.

The EasyPASS eGates that will be deployed are two door (entry and exit) mantrap solutions. This approach was mainly chosen for security reasons – as such a solution would be able to prevent travelers “escaping” if there is a positive hit against a watch list, for example. The face capturing unit (camera and illumination) is integrated in the exit door ensuring a smooth passage of the traveler through the eGates.

A consequence of this new project roll out is that the existing iris recognition-based registered traveler system in Frankfurt - ABG (Automatisierte Biometriegestützte Grenzkontrolle) – will in future be replaced with the new eGates.

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