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people crossing the border even daily, for example on their shopping trips. The border checks are carried out on the ve-hicle lanes in such manner that the trav-ellers do not need to exit their vehicle.    For the first time in Europe, the FastPass project established an ABC at a land border where vehicles were driven through the border check gate. Before arriving at the gate, the passengers and the vehicle had to be registered at a kiosk. Because of the trial nature of the project, the kiosk was located at the border crossing point. Indeed, the passengers needed to exit the vehicle during the registration, which would not be done during normal traffic. During the registration, the vehicle documents were scanned in addition to storing the passenger information.    As it approached the ABC gate, the system identified the vehicle by its license plate and opened the boom. Once it had stopped within the gate, the units with face recognition cameras and passport readers approached the vehicle’s opened windows. During the demonstration, there was one such unit on both sides of the vehicle, but during normal traffic, there could be four units, allowing the simultaneous border check of backseat passengers as well.    In the Moravita demonstration, the gate solution was surprisingly ready and refined, although this was the first trial in Europe. Weather and lighting condi-tions create the same kinds of challenges for this technology as elsewhere along the eastern land border of the European Union. The first ABC trial resulted in good expectations for the future. Both the passengers and research-ers are learning The FastPass project tested a border check process that was as similar as possible at all three types of borders. The registration kiosk was identical, although due to its modularity, equip-ment and features could be included in it according to the border type or pas-senger 51 RAJAMME VARTIJAT profiles, for example fingerprint readers and a query intended for third-country citizens. The same kind of two-step process worked for all the different border types, which would make the use of this equipment easier for the travel-lers without special guidance required at the first time of use.    Particular attention was paid to the smoothness of the traveller’s pro-cess in the FastPass project. On air and sea borders, the traveller does not need to turn to the side while handling the business at the gate. On a land border, the unit with a face recognition cam-era and a passport reader automatically approaches the vehicle, coming close enough to the passenger so that they do not need to reach for the unit. Dur-ing the demonstrations, we noticed that travellers behaved according to their old experiences even at the new gates, so the new processes must be complete and as similar as possible to the old rou- The travellers drove to the gate in a ve-hicle, at which point a unit with a facial recognition camera and a passport reader automatically moved next to an open window of the vehicle. tines in order not to confuse travellers.    All demonstrations were estab-lished at existing border check points, and were temporary constructions. Placing the equipment in a functionally purposeful way was one of the greatest challenges. It would be best if the auto-matic border check lanes could be de-signed already during the construction or renovation of a border crossing point.    The FastPass project will end in March 2017. For many partners, Fast- Pass was the first project related to bor-der security, due to which everybody has amassed experience. Most of the partners will continue in projects re-lated to border security and biometrics also in the future. You can find further information on the project website www.fastpass-project.eu


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