secunet easygates speed up border control process at land borders
The land border crossing in Röszke between Hungry and Serbia is one of the major external Schengen borders in Europe. During peak times in 2019 massive traffic jams have been reported due to the duration of required checks for all travellers as well as vehicles. In order to reduce waiting times, the Hungarian National Police was seeking a solution to speed up the process of checking passengers travelling in busses while at the same time guaranteeing the required depth of border control checks.
Four secunet easygates were installed at the bus terminal of the land border crossing in Röszke to allow the more efficient checking of bus passengers. This installation, which secunet undertook together with its partner Adaptive Recognition Hungary (ARH), represents the first automated border control system (ABC gates) at a bus terminal throughout the Schengen area.
Arriving at the border control in Röszke, travellers in busses are asked to exit the vehicle and proceed to border control, while border police personnel inspects the vehicle.
The installed secunet easygates feature a so-called integrated two-step process, whereby step one is an eligibility check through document verification and step two is the biometric check of the traveller. The easygate includes an entry kiosk with an integrated document reader by ARH, a mantrap as well as entry and exit door(s).
Persons entitled to freedom of movement (FOM travellers) can use the ABC gates, while third country nationals (TCN) continue to be checked at the stationary border control booth.
The new ABC gates in Röszke complement 14 other secunet easygates that the Hungarian authorities have already been operating since 2019 at the international airports in Budapest and Debrecen.
In total, more than 350 secunet easygates are now used at international airports in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and Iceland among others. Travellers have already used these eGates around 100 million times.