On Friday 14 December 2018, Aéroports de Lyon opened its facial recognition system PARAFE (Passage Automatisé Rapide de Frontières Extérieures - quick automated crossing of external borders) to the public. Along with IN Groupe and Gunnebo, the airport operated the switchover of all its fingerprint recognition gates to the facial recognition technology. This opening was officially inaugurated on Monday 17 December 2018.
Facial recognition offers more services to passengers without any compromise on security
In a context where intra-Schengen border checks are being re-established, the share of passengers controlled in Lyon-Saint Exupéry now reaches 70% against 30% previously.
Aéroports de Lyon has chosen to switch over its 10 existing biometric gates, using the system developed jointly by IN Groupe and Gunnebo, and has also announced the deployment of 10 new gates equipped with facial recognition technology. In all, 20 new PARAFE gates equipped with this cutting-edge technology will therefore equip Terminal 1. A choice to the height of Aéroports de Lyon’s ambitions, both as regards security and the fluidity of its passenger flows, when the IATA (International Air Transport Association) is expecting the global air traffic to increase twofold, reaching 8.2 billion passengers in 2037.
Thus, switching over PARAFE gates to facial recognition enables adult passengers, who are nationals of 32 countries* and hold a biometric passport, to spend less time in border controls. The system enables the checks to be done 5 times quicker (1 agent for 5 simultaneous passengers). It also reduces the number of failed checks due to its greater ease-of-use and ergonomy (free hands and easy presentation in front of the biometric sensor), and accelerates passport reading. These investments, borne by Aéroports de Lyon, must help improve the fluidity of passenger flows as well as the service quality Aéroports de Lyon and VINCI Airports wish to offer their passengers.
*28 countries of the European Union including the United Kingdom, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Island and Lichtenstein.
a forerunner airport
Very early on, Aéroports de Lyon has actively worked with Border Police forces to find solutions to accelerate the processing while guaranteeing border control the maximum level of quality. This is shown by its participation, from February to August 2016, in the experiment led with Thales and the Ministry of Home Affairs, the DGEF, DCPAF, and DSIC, through the installation of 5 experimental PARAFE gates in Terminal 1 for a duration of 6 months.
In 2017, the call for tenders for the deployment of permanent gates over all the terminals was allocated to IN Groupe in partnership with Gunnebo. In late 2017, 2 sets of 5 biometric PARAFE gates natively programmed to use both fingerprint and facial recognition were operational with Fingerprint technology in the arrivals/departures areas of the new Terminal 1. In December 2018, these gates were switched over to facial recognition. In the first quarter of 2019, 2 new sets of gates will be deployed in the Departures and Arrivals areas of the satellite processing low-cost flights in Terminal 1.
Therefore, 20 PARAFE gates will be operated over 4 control points, enabling passengers of 80% of the flights to be checked to benefit from these new gates.
A state-of-the-art solution
IN Groupe, the worldwide specialist of self-sovereign biometric identity, partnered up with Gunnebo, the global leader for security solutions and services, to deliver these next generation PARAFE gates.
Developed by IN Groupe engineers, this equipment, which complies with the PARAFE system, makes it possible to speed up identity border checks, while ensuring a very high level of security. When a passenger enters into the gate, facial recognition compares his/her face with the photo stored in the microprocessor of his/her biometric passport. The check is secure, quick and relevant, as in theory, all biometric passports are eligible for facial recognition. For its part, Gunnebo set up a modular, scalable and highly-flexible concept, both as regards the integration of the different identification and authentication technologies, as well as the overall design and user-friendliness of the solution, in order to optimise the fluidity of border checks and passenger comfort.
These are the latest generation of gates, with a sleek and transparent design, which improves the passenger experience by integrating perfectly into the airport environment and reducing the “physical barrier” effect.
the challenge for tomorrow’s air travel
65% of airports throughout the world wish to install facial recognition systems, at a time when air transport is in full expansion with a growing number of passengers. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) anticipates that the number of air passengers will reach 6 billion by 2030. In Europe alone, the number of flights is expected to increase by 50% by 2035, to reach 14.4 million. As a member of the IATA, IN Groupe has long been thinking of providing a solution to these issues that is both reliable and immediately operational.
About IN Groupe
A partner of the French government for close to 500 years, IN Groupe offers identity solutions and secure digital services, at the leading edge of technology and integrating electronics and biometrics. From components to services and from documents to interoperable systems, IN Groupe is a global specialist in identity and secure digital services. The institution plays a daily role in facilitating everyone’s life: helping states exercise their sovereignty, citizens protect their identity and businesses preserve their integrity. Whatever the issue, IN Groupe, a company for digital sovereignty, contributes to asserting a fundamental right for everyone: the right to be you.
IN Groupe is the new brand of Imprimerie Nationale Group.
IN Groupe in figures:
Turnover: €283.2 M - 1,000 employees – 4 sites in France – 8 business offices throughout the world – 77 countries hosting IN Groupe solutions – 28 partner governments.
To know more: www.ingroupe.com
Gunnebo is one of the worldwide leaders in the supply of security equipment and systems for banks, business, the tertiary and industrial sectors, as well as transport premises. The company develops a holistic approach to security: designing and manufacturing its equipment, as well as ensuring its installation and maintenance. The advantages of Gunnebo are those of a multi-specialist able to provide all-inclusive security solutions. With recognised expertise in the areas of physical protection, the management of pedestrian flows, securities and electronic systems, Gunnebo helps its clients with their security strategy to face changing risks durably and build together a more secure future.
About Aéroports de Lyon
Aéroports de Lyon steers the operation of Lyon–Saint Exupéry, the 2nd French regional airport for commercial aviation, and Lyon–Bron, the 3rd French airport for business aviation. Lyon-Saint Exupéry is the largest airport of VINCI Airports Group in France with 10.3 million passengers in 2017, offering 128 direct destinations including 40 new lines launched in two years, and connected to the main international hubs. It is linked with the city centre in 30 minutes by the tram-train Rhônexpress, and its new infrastructures guarantee a high-quality passenger experience and operational excellence for airlines. Certified Level 3+ from the ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) and ISO 50001, the Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport is developing while fully controlling its environmental impact.
To know more: www.lyonaeroports.com
About VINCI Airports
VINCI Airports, one of the 5 main international players in the airport sector, ensures the development and operation of 44 airports in France, Portugal (including the Lisbon hub), the United Kingdom, Sweden, Cambodia, Japan, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Costa-Rica, Chile and Brazil. Served by over 250 airlines, the VINCI Airports network welcomed over 180 million passengers in 2017. Through its expertise as a global integrator and the commitment of its 12,000 employees, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports by providing its ability to invest, its international network and its expertise in optimising the management and performance of existing platforms, expansion projects and full builds of airport infrastructures. In 2017, its total managed revenue amounted to €3.2 billion, for a consolidated turnover of €1.4 billion.
To know more: www.vinci-airports.com