Cairo International Airport (CAI) has selected digital security specialist Gemalto to introduce automated document readers at its border control stations.
Helping to speed up the scanning and processing of passports, it is hoped the new technology will enable faster border crossing for passengers passing through Africa’s second busiest airport.
Commenting on the new technology, Magdy Ishak, chairman of Cairo Airport Co., said: “Cairo International Airport is Egypt’s most important gateway for business visitors, tourists and citizens returning home.
“Investment in Gemalto’s highly efficient document readers demonstrates our commitment to both enhancing the traveller experience and protecting Egypt against ID fraud."
Gemalto is set to deploy its AT9000 MK2 document reader, which is capable of rapidly authenticating ICAO-compliant passports. The platform is also capable of scanning other official documentation, such as visas, ID cards, and driver licenses.
Additionally, the unit automatically reviews document security features, which include fine print visible only under UV and IR light. The AT9000 MK2 also boasts anti-glare technology that can help minimise interference by shiny laminates.
Mohamad Eit, regional manager for Identity Management System in the Middle East for Gemalto, said: “Border control is an important first impression that a country makes on its overseas visitors … The automated document readers will put Cairo International airport at the leading edge of fast, accurate authentication of travel documents, helping authorities strike the right balance between a warm welcome for legitimate passengers and water-tight defence against security threats.”