The Minister of Internal Affairs launched today, in Terminal 2 of the Lisbon Airport, the new electronic border - RAPID – Automatic Recognizing of Passengers with Credentials.
This is the first system worldwide to allow an automatic control of passengers who hold electronic passports, thereby removing the need for human action. This system combines the operations of reading and checking electronic passports with an innovating feature for assessing the biometric data which operates an automatic door opening device.
This feature checks, on a first instance, the genuineness of the electronic passports and validates all data stored in the chip, and, on a second instance, it appraises the passenger’s identification by establishing a comparison between the photo stored in the chip and the image of the passenger in loco, automatically opening the passage door when the features of both images are coincident. RAPID was made secure by an intelligent system that allows the entry of one passenger alone and automatically adjusts the reading camera to his / her height.
This innovating system will permit a highly rationalized management and a significant boost to the efficiency of the means for border control. By reducing the process of border crossing to an average of less than 20 seconds it will speed up significantly the movement of passengers at border control.