Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) by Vancouver International Airport has reconfigured its line of self-service, biometric-enabled kiosks to meet the requirements of the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) modernized NEXUS program. The new BorderXpress NEXUS features ‘tap-and-go’ RFID technology and utilizes state-of-the-art facial recognition software to verify members’ identity, replacing the old iris recognition technology.
NEXUS is the joint CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operated Trusted Traveller program designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the U.S. Vancouver International Airport introduced 11 next generation NEXUS kiosks in October 2019, dedicated to facilitating the trusted traveller program. Using the new kiosks, NEXUS members will tap or scan their NEXUS card and capture a photo to verify their identity using facial recognition technology before proceeding to a CBSA officer for final inspection. If they have something to declare they must do so verbally, to an officer, at a clearly marked area in the customs hall after using the kiosk.
CBSA’s modernization initiative aligns the NEXUS program with international trends on traveller processing and supports the CBSA’s goal to increase efficiencies without compromising security.
ITS has also sold its BorderXpress NEXUS solution to Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, with deployments scheduled later this year.