Thai Immigration Speeds Up Border Control

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As a popular travel destination, Thailand is taking steps to speed up biometric identification and monitor its borders.

The Kingdom has 16 international airports and 49 land borders and seaports. With millions of travelers coursing through these checkpoints, the Thai Immigration Bureau wants to ensure travelers are correctly identified and not create a chokepoint at the same time.

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has added a new sense of urgency in monitoring borders. As the number of deaths and infected soar across the world, Thailand is looking to quickly identify travelers who may need additional observation or quarantine.

The new DERMALOG biometric sensors are designed to address these challenges. Going beyond fingerprint scans, the new border control system uses data from passports, fingerprint, facial and iris scans to identify a traveler within 0.1 seconds using what the company calls as its Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). At present, the company claims it is the world's fastest multi-biometric systems for so-called one-to-many matching.

The new biometric border control system has been installed at 65 border crossings throughout Thailand. A total of 1,020 biometric counters for entry and exit are now in operation nationwide. Since its launch in May 2019, the DERMALOG solution has already checked about 49 million travelers.

"We are very satisfied with the new Dermalog biometric border control system, as it has increased the rate of catching criminals at our borders tremendously," says Immigration Bureau chief Sompong Chingduang.

The new system has helped the Thai Immigration Bureau to identify more than 4,300 blacklisted persons and about 127,000 people who had violated visa regulations. Also, 3,166 persons had been arrested for fraud attempts, detected by the biometric system.

Today, 16 countries use DERMALOG's innovative biometric systems for border security. More than 240 government agencies in 90 countries are using this latest biometric technology from Germany.

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