Vision-Box, the world leader in Passenger Experience and Automated Border Control solutions, reinforced its support to border control officials in Portugal, sponsoring the Conference “SEF and the Economy”, organized by the SCIF-SEF

Lisbon, Portugal | May 30, 2017– Vision-Box is pleased to announce its continuing sponsorship of the “SEF and the Economy” Conference that took place on 26 May, 2017. The conference was held at the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences in Lisbon, Portugal, and organized by the Border Control Services Inspectors (SEF) Union, with Security and economic growth in a Europe without borders and SEF’s role as the event’s main theme.

The conference’s panel discussions explored various critical and essential topics currently affecting European borders such as “Investing in Security for Tourism Promotion” and “Security and Economic Development”. On-hand to discuss the conference’s main themes were several expert government and industry distinguished guests and dignitaries that included the Ministry of Interior Constança Urbano de Sousa, the President of the Portuguese Airline TAP, Fernando Pinto, the President of CIP (Confederation of Portuguese Business), among others.

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, estimates that the number of passengers will reach 7.2 billion by 2035, doubling the 3.8 billion recorded in 2016. In a scenario of very significant increase of international passenger numbers and a significant traffic entering the Schengen zone, measures should be taken in Portugal, but also advantage.

Pedro Alves, Vision-Box Business Development Director, at Vision-Box, explained «Portugal is becoming more and more an internationally desirable tourist and business destination. The adoption of border management solutions able to manage the flow of people safely and conveniently is of the utmost importance. A country’s image, its tourism and finance are intimately linked and are positively affected with the adoption of innovative technologies, modern processes and visitor-centric experiences The Vision-Box designed passenger flow management solutions, available in Portugal and many other border control points around the world, are just another proof that the Portuguese people knows how to welcome our visitors!»

Vision-Box and SEF have long maintained a close partnership. Last year, the Automated Border Control solution – RAPID (Automatic Recognition of Documental Identified Passengers), implemented back in 2007 in the largest airports in the country, became available to more passengers in addition to citizens of the European Union, European Economic Union and Switzerland. With this expansion, Vision-Box biometric recognition solution, renamed RAPID4ALL, was opened for citizens of nine countries – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America and Venezuela, totaling 35 nationalities. This was an innovative and key project under the European Commission’s Smart Borders program, which aims to test the control processes of Arrivals and Departures of the Schengen area through airport, land and sea borders, and to outline the future border control strategy across the European Union.

In its ongoing commitment to improving the passenger experience and safety across borders, Vision-Box is proud of its relationship as a SEF key partner in the delivery of Automated Border Control solutions, and the ability to provide key tools to border control inspectors to enhance border security, traveler clearance facilitation, and innovative solutions to tackle current capacity challenges.