Cairo Airport to get new automated document readers

Digital security company Gemalto said on Sunday that it will supply Cairo International Airport with automated document readers that will enable faster transfers for millions of travelers whilst ensuring rigorous security checks of passports and other identity credentials.

Gemalto said that document reader AT9000 MK2 rapidly authenticates ICAO-compliant passports as well as other official documents such ID cards, visas and driver’s licenses.

A simple scanning of documents enables quick processing by staff, the company said. The reader automatically detects and checks document security features, including those visible under UV and IR light. Anti-glare technology minimizes the interference that can be caused by materials such as shiny laminates.

For his part, the Chairman of Cairo Airport Company Magdy Ishak said that investment in Gemalto’s highly efficient document readers demonstrates the airport’s commitment to both enhancing the traveler experience and protecting Egypt against ID fraud.

“Border control is an important first impression that a country makes on its overseas visitors,” said Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto.

“The automated document readers will put Cairo International airport at the leading edge of fast, accurate authentication of travel documents, helping authorities strike the right balance between a warm welcome for legitimate passengers and water-tight defense against security threats,” Eit added.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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