The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service has awarded IDEMIA and Easier (a traveler self-service company) the contract to build a biometric entry/exit border control system that meets new European Union requirements by the deadline of September 2022.
The EU Entry/Exit System (EES) regulation is aimed at ensuring that EU members within the region’s Schengen zone register information (including biometric data) about non-EU nationals.
Lithuania is the third EU member state, after Iceland and Demark, to engage the expertise and services of IDEMIA to help bring them into compliance with the upcoming European Union rules for border control.
Equipment and capabilities for more secure borders
IDEMIA and Easier will provide Lithuanian authorities with more than 70 self-service Entry/Exit System kiosks. The kiosks will enable the collection of travellers’ biometrics (facial recognition and fingerprints).
The system will also include more than 30 Automated Border Crossing (ABC) lanes at border checkpoints. The lanes will be equipped with technology to read and authenticate travel documents, verify passenger identity, detect fraud, and confirm passenger eligibility.
Support from Frontex
Earlier this year, Frontex launched a new operation at the EU’s external land border, beefing up protection for 12 EU Member States at 62 border crossing points. Frontex has announced that it will also support the entry/exit system Lithuania is planning to build.