IDEMIA and RCL trial tech

16/11/17

IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) have completed a trial with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using facial recognition to validate passengers’ identities for entry and re-entry of cruise ships to further secure and expedite passenger processing at US sea-ports of entry.

A Sea Re-entry trial, conducted at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, used IDEMIA’s facial capture and recognition solution to confirm the facial identities of individuals disembarking Royal Caribbean ships with the facial identities of ticketed passengers who boarded the ship at the start of a cruise. According to the partners, the trial demonstrated high quality/high speed facial matching with large passenger populations, expedited Customs egress and confirmed that individuals embarking the ship were the same as those disembarking. Surveys of disembarking passengers showed high degrees of satisfaction regarding speed of clearing customs and intuitive engagement with the facial camera.

“Passengers need to move securely, but also fast and conveniently through the border processes,” says Bob Eckel, president of IDEMIA North America. “The biometric solutions we are testing with RCL and CBP allow us to demonstrate the important technology that can be used in border management applications today in an efficient and safe manner. Facial recognition in particular is a non-intrusive way to easily and securely facilitate US and non-US citizens entering and exiting the country, an initiative important to the Federal government.”

Captain Thomas Hinderhofer of RCL and director of Cape Liberty Port Operations comments: “Royal Caribbean’s commitment to providing our guests a pleasurable experience includes making the final step of clearing customs fast, secure and frictionless. The trial exceeded our expectations in terms of being able to quickly process passengers re-entering the country while at the same time addressing key border management requirements.”

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