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Curacao International Airport inaugurates automated border control solution

A new self-service passenger clearance solution by Vision-Box has gone live in Curacao (Caribbean) to expedite border control processes at both arrivals and departures.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – Curacao International Airport has just inaugurated a state-of-the-art integrated Automated Border Control solution that will help with the challenges of expediting and facilitating traveler airport clearance and make the airport even more welcoming to the eyes of all visitors.

Experiencing an exponential growth in the number of leisure and business travelers combined with a strategic planning to expand their capacity from 1.6 to 2.5 million passengers a year, Curacao International Airport Holding turned to Vision-Box, the leading company in Identity Management and Passenger Experience, at the end of 2015, to help increase the airport capacity through the design and implementation of an intelligent Passenger Flow system.

The result of this collaboration was the launch of a customized integrated Border Control solution based on self-service eGates, combining attractive and ergonomic common-use hardware and intuitive graphical interfaces for a unique Passenger Experience. Whether arriving or departing, locals and tourists (staying up to 3 months).

This powerful software suite is interfaced to the new electronic Embarkation / Disembarkation system (tourists staying up to 3 months have to fill in the E/D Card online, 24 hours before departure, to use the system). It also natively integrates with the AODB flight list supplied by the Curacao Airport Partners and with the Border Management System of the Curacao Police Force (Korps Politie Curacao) for improved real-time passenger background checks including API (Advance Passenger Information) on arrival.

Devised for managed services, the system combines smart management dashboards of relevant data inputs and outputs for all stakeholders (border control authorities, government, airport and airlines), always complying with the Privacy by Design principle for secure, segmented information transactions.

According to Jean-Francois Lennon, Vice-President for Global Business Development and Sales, “Curacao International Airport is now endowed with a future-proof technological framework that guarantees improved security and the expedited flow of low risk passengers, thus establishing the sustainable foundations of the island’s planned growth. The intricate, intelligent security infrastructure won’t scratch passenger experience – on the contrary! This will be experienced by the modern traveler as a positive leap, right into the future. Either on holiday or on business visit, the passenger will feel empowered, excited and fulfilled to experiment this hassle-free way of crossing the border. In fact, he is at the very heart of it.” Mr. Wilhelmus Ignacio, one of the main pioneers behind the eGates project, spoke about the ease in experience brought by the eGate use at the Curacao International Airport: “the eGates allow the airport to become more modern, inviting passengers to enjoy easy border control check. Aside from this benefit, it also allows the airport stakeholders, to increase airport security, facilitation of travel, and enhanced border system integrity. It’s a transformation that is placing Curacao International Airport in the forefront of Innovation in Airport Management and Passenger Experience in the region.”

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