NEC Corporation has received an Immigration Services Agency and Japan Customs order for the installation of immigration and customs declaration kiosks

The kiosks will be used to facilitate seamless immigration and customs procedures at Haneda Airport Terminal 2, as well as for the design of related systems. In situ testing of the kiosks will begin on January 31.

With more and more overseas visitors coming to Japan, there has been a sharp increase in the number of passengers who choose electronic options for immigration and customs. Moreover, with the government having set a target of welcoming 60 million overseas visitors to Japan by 2030, it is vital to ensure smooth and efficient procedures at airports. As such, electronic procedures are garnering more and more attention.

Upon arrival at Haneda Airport, foreign nationals will register the QR code for entry records and customs declaration information generated using the Visit Japan web service provided by Japan's Digital Agency and scan their IC passport at an immigration and customs declaration kiosk, take a photo to verify their identity using face recognition, and undergo fingerprint scanning. Powered by NeoFace, the core technology in NEC’s Bio-IDiom portfolio of biometric authentication solutions and what NEC describes as ‘the world’s most accurate face recognition AI engine’, the kiosks can be used to reliably verify the identity of travellers. In addition, since the most appropriate camera is automatically selected according to the user’s height, recognition can be performed quickly regardless of their height or whether they are using a wheelchair. NeoFace can also automatically detect masks, sunglasses, or other accessories, prompting only applicable users to remove them and therefore minimising the number of steps necessary to take photographs suitable for immigration procedures, NEC said. In addition, NEC’s fingerprint identification technology makes it possible to scan fingerprints at higher speeds without compromising matching accuracy.The appropriate language is automatically displayed when the user scans their QR code, eliminating the hassle of having to manually change the language. In addition, user-centric design featuring illustrations and colour schemes on the screen enables even first-time users to follow the instructions with ease.

The kiosks will help deliver seamless processes
The kiosks will help deliver seamless processes NEC Corporation