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Unlocking the Smart City using biometrics as single token Print E-mail
Friday, 25 November 2016 20:53

What if you could land at your holiday destination, swiftly go through the immigration process just by presenting your face to a camera at the Automated Border Control eGates, take a selfie with your phone to prove who you are and get both your electronic car key and hotel room key delivered to your phone? And what if you could book your seats for that special concert using biometrics, and get into the venue without having a ticket, just by showing your face, like a VIP? If you think this is too futuristic, get ready: Happy Flow is arriving in town! Following the widespread use of biometrics in electronic documents, border control and plenty of other contexts, as well as the ongoing adoption of face biometrics as the single token at major international airports, it’s time for Happy Flow to extend the positive traveler experience outside the airport and into the city. Cannes was the city selected by Vision-Box™ to announce the innovation, during the internationally renowned Trustech, taking place from November 29th to December 1st, and this year incorporating Cartes Secure Connexions. Happy Flow Smart City has brought biometrics into every identification process of your daily life.

“Have you ever thought about how many times we are identified every day? Every time we use our credit card, every time we insert a password or every time we provide our passport, ID card or driver’s license. Identification happens everywhere and for the most varied purposes. So why not make it simpler, using one single key?” Miguel Leitmann, CEO at Vision-Box™, asks. The vision of Happy Flow Smart City is to revolutionize the interaction model among citizens, governments, travel stakeholders, and additional private interests, whereby the former will access, in a quick and streamlined manner, a series of services usually characterized by bottlenecks of time and efficiency, stemming from the need to verify and authenticate their identities. Identity thus is verified by way of biometrics, in replacement of passport, ID Card, boarding pass, keys, passwords among other traditional tokens, easing access to multiple services, in a quick, uncomplicated, modern way.

So what is Happy Flow Smart City?

Happy Flow Smart City is a user-centric multi-environment   identification ecosystem based on smart touchpoint technology, biometric tokens and web-based services integrated into a system designed to facilitate citizen enrollment and identification processes in official or commercial transactions with government, travel and private enterprise stakeholders.

Whether requesting new documents, crossing borders, booking hotels, buying souvenirs or entering casinos, the system securely verifies the user’s identity through facial, iris, or fingerprint authentication.

What is the system composed of?

There are several crucial pillars to build a Trusted Chain of Identity:

  • User-centric biometric touch-points devised to enroll or verify the identity of a passenger. Regardless of the form - mobile app, a check-in kiosk or an eGate – they are endowed with secure authentication algorythms to allow or deny transactions, whether access to a plane, a payment, among others.
  • A digital Passenger Data Envelope (PDE), an individual, privacy-protected data structure. Created at the first interaction with a touchpoint, it gathers key biometric  and biographic features and follows its owner through all interactions, updating the history of transactions.
  • Orchestra™, a powerful orchestration platform integrating the whole infrastructure, capturing, matching, processing and distributing large amounts of data from and to different sources, leveraging actionable information for all stakeholders and securing citizen privacy. 

How will Happy Flow impact Smart Cities?

According to Pedro Torres, Head of Marketing at Vision-Box™, “this revolutionizing concept will change people's lives. The impact of generalized biometric identification is measured by convenience and trust. It offers governments enhanced security through elimination of identity fraud, efficiency through optimization of personnel, and gives commercial interests an innovative leap forward in service levels and Business Intelligence-driven revenue.” As to benefits for the traveler, he adds “It enhances purchasing and utilization experiences which require consumer identification, transforming them in fully user-centric experiences, allowing consumers to use biometric tokens as proof of identity and authorization, in agile and seamless document-free processes.”

What’s new @Trustech 2016?

Vision-Box™ Stand #D088 at Trustech will receive the first ever biometric Smart City. Don’t miss out on the demonstration. CEO Miguel Leitmann will be presenting his vision at the Main Trustech stage on November 30th 2016.

About Vision-Box™

Founded in 2001, Vision-Box™ is the leading provider of electronic identity solutions, intelligent security management, and automated border control systems that use ICAO-compliant standards.

The biometric border control portfolio aimed at airports, airlines and immigration authorities includes solutions addressing a variety of operational scenarios which englobe security check- points, self-boarding gates and automated border control gates.

Every second, millions of images are being captured and processed by Vision-Box™ systems installed right at the heart of the most prestigious organizations, who trust our biometric identity and digital video management solutions for their critical applications.

Covering the entire ID management life cycle, Vision-Box™ also delivers to governments and issuing authorities solutions ranging from live biometric enrollment stations to document verification kiosks and digital document dispensers.

Starting with the process of identity enrollment, covering the life cycle of a biometric identity document and finally assuring its verification and identification towards the user, Vision-Box™’s product portfolio is linked together through a powerful service platform, which orchestrates the trusted chain of identity of the citizen. Vision-Box™’s solution portfolio enables the implementation of advanced border management systems, integrated with advanced digital video analytics solutions, intelligent biometric and biographic data management engines and danger management functionalities.


Vision-Box™ operates over 1200 automated border control systems in more than 60 international airports and has over 3000 electronic identity systems deployed across the globe. In the USA, Vision-Box™ has deployed nearly 400 Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks over a dozen large international airports for facilitating the immigration process of inbound travelers. []

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