Vision-Box has entered into a strategic partnership with ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal /VINCI Airports and launched the “Biometric Experience by VINCI Airports” across Portugal’s five biggest airports. The program was launched at the beginning of this year in Lisbon and Porto airports and will be available during the second half of 2024 in Faro, Funchal, and Ponta Delgada.
Funded by the European Union through the NextGenerationEU program and by the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) through the “Accelerate and Transform Tourism Agenda” the “Biometric Experience by VINCI Airports” powered by Vision-Box, signifies a major leap toward digitisation in the European travel industry and sustainability in global tourism.
The initial phase of the program is being enabled on TAP Air Portugal flights within the Schengen space. In a subsequent phase, additional airlines, and a broader array of destinations, encompassing extra-European flights, will be incorporated. The initiative program consists of the overall automation of the traveller journey with biometrics, ushering in a new era of seamless and contactless journeys at the airports in Portugal, where a traveller’s face becomes the only thing needed to fly.
The entire biometric experience is orchestrated by Vision-Box’s Seamless Journey Platform, which integrates all stakeholders into one single journey and identity management ecosystem. The experience starts with enrolment, where the traveller can enrol at home effortlessly via ANA Aeroportos’ mobile app, powered by Vision-Box Seamless Mobile SDK. Alternatively, at the airport, travellers can register on their own at biometrically enabled self-service check-in kiosks via Vision-Box’s Seamless Kiosks® or assisted at check-in counters via Vision-Box’s Seamless Desk.
Once enrolled the traveller can move through the airport by only using their face at biometrically enabled Vision-Box’s Security Gates and when time to fly, at the boarding process of selected flights via biometric Vision-Box’s Self-Boarding Gates, all powered by Vision-Box’s Facial Recognition Algorithm.
Miguel Leitmann, CEO and founder at Vision-Box, said “Vision-Box is proud to be further taking the lead in Seamless Travel Experiences. As pioneers in biometric-based travel solutions, the launch of the ‘Biometric Experience by VINCI Airports’ in our home country, underscores our commitment to redefining the traveller journey in Europe and globally. This project represents a dedication from Vision-Box to elevate service quality, enhance the airport experience, and contribute to Portugal’s tourism goals with paperless arrivals and departures. We are proud to support this program, reflecting our commitment to revolutionising seamless travel practices globally and taking one step forward towards a more connected world.”