Cairo International taps Gemalto for document readers


Gemalto has announced it is supplying Cairo International, the second busiest airport in Africa, with automated document readers that will enable faster border crossings for millions of travellers, while ensuring rigorous security checking of passports and other identity credentials. 

Cairo International Airport welcomes 15 million passengers every year. With global air travel continuing to grow, authorities are under intense pressure to reduce queues at border control and strengthen protection against threats such as illegal immigration. 

Gemalto says it is delivering the AT9000 MK2 document reader to Cairo International Airport. This authenticates ICAO-compliant passports as well as other official documents such ID cards, visas and driver's licenses.  The reader automatically detects and checks document security features, including those visible under UV and IR light. Anti-glare technology minimises the interference that can be caused by materials such as shiny laminates. 

“Cairo International Airport is Egypt’s most important gateway for business visitors, tourists and citizens returning home,” says Magdy Ishak, chairman of Cairo Airport Co. “Investment in Gemalto's highly efficient document readers demonstrates our commitment to both enhancing the traveller experience and protecting Egypt against ID fr?aud.”

“Border control is an important first impression that a country makes on its overseas visitors,” says Mohamad Eit, regional manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto. “The automated document readers will put Cairo International airport at the leading edge of fast, accurate authentication of travel documents, helping authorities strike the right balance between a warm welcome for legitimate passengers and water-tight defence against security threats.”


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Cairo International taps Gemalto for document readers
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