Thales selected to prepare France for the new Schengen entry / exit system

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Thales selected to prepare France for the new Schengen entry / exit system


In 2022, Schengen area member states will be required to have a biometric entry and exit system to register non-EU citizens crossing an external EU border. Thales has been selected by the Ministry of the Interior to deliver several hundred pre-registration kiosks to various border crossing points. Thus, France will acquire a state-of-the-art biometric solution to rationalize and secure its air, land and sea border crossings.

In accordance with the directive approved by the European Union, the countries belonging to the Schengen area will deploy pre-registration kiosks or similar equipment in order to allow non-Schengen visitors to register their identity quickly and securely, including their biometric data (fingerprints and facial biometrics).

To this end, the “Thales Gemalto Border Kiosk” will provide a self-service, intuitive and interactive terminal to guide travelers through every step of check-in and identity verification.

These kiosks, designed and manufactured in Europe, will integrate various document verification and biometric technologies. They will offer rapid traveler check-in, highly accurate identity verification, data management protection and advanced operational fluidity at border crossing points.

Biometric data verification is an extremely efficient and reliable technology, allowing Member States to accurately identify any attempted identity fraud and prevent people with false documents, multiple identities, etc. to enter the country.

“This new European entry and exit system represents a major challenge for the Member States. On the one hand, they must be ready and compliant with regulations by 2022; on the other hand, they are confronted with the operational reality and the fact that millions of people must be treated each year, for whom we want to offer the most fluid experience possible. Thales’s expertise in identity and border management provides us with technological reliability, without having to choose between security and ease of use, ”said the French Ministry of the Interior.

“The pre-registration kiosks manufactured by Thales are equipped with our cutting-edge technologies for identity creation and verification. They are based on software optimized for ultra-fast checks of document authenticity and intelligent detection of any attempted identity fraud. We were thus able to develop powerful tools to support operations, without compromising the security and protection of passenger data, ”says Youzec Kurp – SVP Identity and Biometric Solutions at Thales.
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