Fast and secure border control

Border controls should be fast and secure – no easy feat, considering the hundreds of different ID documents in use around the world. We can support you with tailored solutions.

During a time when demands on security at international borders are growing, it has become essential for travellers' identities and their right to enter a country to be checked both quickly and reliably.


Since the terror attacks of 2001, nations around the world have introduced comprehensive border controls in response to the growing international need for security. The number of flights, passengers and state-of-the-art large aircraft is also increasing. More air passengers at border control desks and more thorough checking of passports automatically mean longer queues, annoyed travellers and stressed border control officers.

The solution is automated border control systems with integrated liveness detection to protect against forgeries, so-called eGates. In 2014, Bundesdruckerei and its partner Secunet Security Networks AG began equipping Germany's busiest airports with innovative eGates. These systems have now been installed at the airports in Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin-Tegel, Berlin Schönefeld and Cologne/Bonn. At present, the EU only permits these gates to be used by adult passengers with an electronic passport from the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland.

With our eGates, passenger flows can be handled faster. Passengers themselves can conveniently have their documents checked. The electronic passport is placed on the reader integrated into the eGate where a background system checks the document to see if it is genuine and valid. The glass door to the gate then opens and the passenger stands in front of a camera which then takes a photo. The live image is compared to the photo stored on the chip of the passport. If the images match, the second gate opens and the passenger can pass through. This entire procedure takes less than 18 seconds. If the images do not match, a border control officer will take the traveller for further clarification.

eGates are very secure and easy to handle, they save time and relieve border control officers of routine tasks.

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