The airport will be able to offer advanced biometric technology and improve safety and security for passengers at an important regional hub.
Vision-Box,a provider of biometric-based travel and digital identity solutions, is set to supply Bahrain International Airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building with a state-of-the-art Automated Border Control platform.
Located in Muharraq, Bahrain International Airport (BIA) serves as an important hub in the Gulf region. It is currently being transformed through the Airport Modernisation Programme (AMP), one of the biggest national projects in the Kingdom’s history.
The AMP will elevate BIA’s infrastructure, facilities, and services, transforming it into a world-class boutique airport and a key driver of national economic growth. The crowning jewel of the AMP is the new Passenger Terminal Building, which will increase BIA’s capacity to 14 million passengers a year and offer users an improved travel experience.
The new Passenger Terminal Building will be equipped with advanced biometric technology to improve safety and security while offering passengers added convenience.
Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif AlBinfalah, said: “One of the Airport Modernisation Programme’s most important objectives is to enhance the overall airport experience. The new Automated Border Control platform will play a key role in achieving this goal by giving passengers more control over their journeys and streamlining time-consuming immigration and security formalities. BAC is pleased to partner with Vision-Box to bring this state-of-the-art technology to BIA. I am confident that the new platform will help to reinforce our status as a friendly and efficient airport.”
The Vision-Box-designed Automated Border Control platform will streamline border control monitoring and inspection for both Departures and Arrivals at BIA. In addition, 22 new eGates will enable travellers to pass through immigration checkpoints faster and with less staff involvement, while still maintaining a high level of security. The eGates will verify passengers’ identities, using biometrics including facial, iris, and fingerprint recognition.
The new Passenger Terminal Building will utilise a complete multi-modal biometric identity management solution, catering for different passengers’ profiles. Vision-Box continues to support these advancements in the region, currently operating more than 200 airport solutions in the Middle East.
Miguel Leitmann, Vision-Box CEO, said: “Vision-Box technology naturally matches BAC’s goals. It’s a proven solution that will significantly augment the terminal processing capacity, streamline the passenger flow, improve security and enhance the appeal of using the airport.
“Bahrain International Airport now joins the leading group of airports in the region that are using trusted biometric-based technology to support their growth plans. It’s an honour to be part of this program together with BAC. We believe the new airport has what it takes to be a passenger experience benchmark and will certainly have a positive impact in Bahrain and the region, and on the lives of passengers.”
The Vision-Box-designed solution will be inaugurated with the opening of the new Passenger Terminal Building in the third quarter of this year.