White Paper: Secunet on kiosk systems in border control

30/06/20

Why do kiosks play a key role in the launch of the European Entry/Exit System? A new whitepaper summarises the key advantages and long-term benefits that arise for border control and the authorities tasked with border control operations through the use of kiosks.

In connection with the Smart Borders Initiative, the European Parliament has agreed to introduce the common biometric Entry/Exit System, EES for short, in order to register all travellers from Third Countries. This means that, as of 2022, nationals of Third Countries will have to register with four fingerprints and a facial image when entering Schengen countries through land, sea and air borders. The challenging process of collecting biometric data in particular will be highly time-consuming. 

EU Regulation 2017/2226 implies that the use of automated methods and self-service systems, as defined by Article 2, Number 23 of Regulation (EU) 2016/399, can simplify and speed up the border control process. The pre-enrolment of data enables early verification to be performed at self-service systems. The traveller is then referred to border control officers, who decide whether to permit or deny entry into the country after examining the travel document, the acquired facial image and possibly the fingerprints. As a result, self-service systems, also known as kiosks, can help simplify and speed up processes at critical points. 

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