SITA has installed 100 Automated Border Control
kiosks at three major airports in Mexico.
The international airports, in Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos,
are operated by three airport companies Aeropuerto Internacional
de la Ciudad de México (AICM), Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste
(ASUR) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP).
Enrique De la Madrid, Secretary General,
SECTUR, the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, said, As visitor numbers
at international airports grow, the need for migration agents
grows as well, but we have the technology to help us overcoming
that challenge. This automation will ensure security and
facilitate the arrival of visitors to the country."
Initially, the SITA automated
border control kiosks will be used to securely identify passengers
as they enter the country. In time, they will facilitate the full
admission process for Mexican citizens and those non-citizens who
do not require a visa for entry.
Arriving passengers will use the
kiosks to provide standard travel information to the authorities,
place their hand to be scanned for fingerprints and then once
their identity is verified against the INM (National Institute of
Immigration) database they will be given the all clear to enter
Ruiz Esparza, Secretary General, SCT, the Mexican Ministry of
Communications and Transportation, said, The installation of
these kiosks represents another example of the implementation of
state-of-the-art technology in Mexico, aimed at preserving the
safety of people and their goods, as well as facilitating
activities related to aviation. Automating the entry of domestic
and foreign passengers who do not require a visa is achieved by
capturing biometric data (fingerprints, photography and scanning
of the passport), which quadruples the capacity of passenger
attention for each migration agent."
Automating the entry process will help speed
up passenger processing while maintaining high levels of security.
SITA border technology enables governments to clear large numbers
of passengers in record time. Travelers from up to five SITA iBorders BorderAutomation ABCKiosks
can be managed from just one immigration counter and these kiosks
have been shown to reduce the time passengers spend in line by as
much as 40%.
Gerardo Garcia, Commissioner to INM, the
National Institute of Immigration, said, Automation increases
security and efficiency. Increased numbers of low-risk passengers
are processed quickly, conveniently, and cost-effectively while we
maintain the security and integrity of our border. By automating
the arrival process using SITAs world-class biometric kiosks, we
will improve the speed and accuracy of checks of passengers
arriving in Mexico.
The 100 SITA kiosks are expected to securely process close to
eight million arrivals in the first year.
Elbson Quadros, SITA
Vice President, Latin America, said, This is an exciting
development in Mexico. The country is well known for its tourism
and our automated border control kiosks will improve the
experience for passengers at these key airports. As with most
border management operations, making this improvement involves
many government agencies working together with various airport operators. SITA is the integrator working with all parties,
drawing on our decades of border automation experience with more
than 40 governments worldwide, to deliver a secure and seamless
passenger journey in Mexico.