INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND BORDER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
DEMIA was chosen for its competence in biometrics and border control, which, when combined with cutting-edge technology, would result in more secure external borders and more efficient passenger flow.
Philippe Barreau, IDEMIA’s Executive Vice President for Public Security and Identity, stated
“IDEMIA is happy to stand beside Iceland as one of the first Schengen Area countries to change its border control system to conform with the European Entry/Exit System. We are committed to providing a comprehensive set of multi-biometric solutions that will ensure a future-proof programme, making Iceland our innovative partner in the EU-EES implementation “.
IDEMIA equipment will soon be visible to passengers at Icelandic border control:
- TravelKioskTM EU-EES
- Multi-biometric border self-service kiosks
- Automated TraveLaneTM eGates
According to Barreau, this technology will simultaneously boost security and speed up and improve the passenger experience at border crossings.
Those worried about privacy should rest easy knowing that the system would be held to very tight data protection guidelines, according to Jón Pétur. The EU is adamant about following the rules when processing personal data, and all new procedures will do the same.
Managing a rise of Icelandic tourists
Over the past few years, Iceland has grown in popularity among tourists from outside the EU. Many of these visitors benefit from the EU’s visa-exemption policy, which allows citizens of more than 60 third countries to enter the Schengen Area for up to 90 days without a visa.
While greater tourism is beneficial for the economy, it has raised security worries throughout the shared transit zone.
ETIAS for Iceland and the entry/exit system are two systems established in response to rising visitor numbers and the need for greater control over who crosses borders and how long they stay.
Icelandic border security will improve with the upcoming implementation of the new entry/exit system and will be boosted further when ETIAS is implemented.