eu-LISA checks in at Passenger Terminal Expo

Passenger Terminal Expo 2016, one of the largest and most well-known airport-focussed events globally, took place in Cologne, Germany last week. eu-LISA was invited to participate in a panel discussion on border crossing in emergency situations along with representatives of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN Security Council and also to provide a presentation detailing some outcomes of the Smart Borders pilot. Both sessions were well attended and participants expressed strong interest in the Agency’s current work and future possibilities for IT development in the areas of migration and security.

Other sessions of interest at the event included those on aviation and border security that included presentations on the US CBP and DHS developments in the domain and Australia’s use of interactive API, a session on biometrics and the role of IT in ensuring airport security going forward, a panel discussion on the future of airports in which the problems created by border control were heavily debated by participants from airports and a session on Trends in Check-In and Self-Service at which concepts such as the Aruba Happy Flow system were presented. The latter theme was particularly notable in the associated technology expo. Companies including Vision Box, Gunnebo, Magnetic and MODI demonstrated a variety of ABC systems, self-service gates and kiosks and other similar devices. Others demonstrated biometric enrolment solutions, document reader technologies and mobile apps for use in the airport environment to facilitate travel. Although heavily debated throughout, the preponderance of innovative and interesting devices and tools shown at the expo suggested that technology will continue to play an increasing role in the airport travel experience going forward.

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