Sagem Securite Launches SmartGate in New Zealand

(Paris, December 3, 2009) -- SmartGate, an automated border control system using facial recognition, is now available at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand. This launch is the first step of the new long term partnership signed between New Zealand Customs Service and Sagem Securite (SAFRAN Group) for the implementation of improved border control solutions. Accessible to New Zealand and Australian ePassport holders, SmartGate identifies travellers in real time using facial recognition from the photo stored in the chip of the ePassport. The solution is designed to help the New Zealand Customs Service to efficiently and securely process international travellers. "SmartGate is a welcome initiative that will improve the efficiency of trans-Tasman air travel, particularly for frequent flyers" said Comptroller of the New Zealand Customs Service, Martyn Dunne. "This success not only confirms the leadership of Sagem Securite in facial recognition technology, but also demonstrates its major role and involvement for secured border control solutions in New Zealand and Australia. A border systems technology working group comprising of Sagem Securite, and border control authorities in New Zealand and Australia, is to be created in order to develop further synergies and optimise co-operation in a 2-way joint relationship." said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Securite.
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Source: Sagem Defence & Security, A Safran S.A. Company (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Dec 4, 2009