Schiphol to Process Millionth Passenger Using E-Gate Technology

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is expected to process its one millionth passenger via its automated electronic border crossing gates (often referred to as e-gates) before the end of 2012.  The e-gates, which were deployed in March 2012, were developed by Accenture and Vision-Box for the Netherlands Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The 36 e-gates at Schiphol process passengers through the border in an average of eight seconds from placing a passport on the scanner until the exit doors open. The fastest recorded processing time is under four seconds.  Additionally, the airport records that 65% of passengers do not have to queue to enter an e-gate and 97% wait less than four minutes to enter a gate during peak times.  To use the e-gates, passengers must hold a biometric passport, which contains a contactless chip that has been issued by a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Region (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland). Rather than having their passports manually checked, travellers enter an e-gate and place their passport on an automated device that reads and authenticates it.  Once the identity of a passenger has been validated with a biometric face match and a background check has been done by the Dutch government, he or she can proceed to flight departure areas.