Vancouver International Airport’s Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) announced installation of two BorderXpress kiosks on Ferries del Caribe’s cruise ship, the MV Kydon.
This marks a milestone for the industry as it is the first time border control kiosks have been installed onboard a cruise ship or ferry.
ITS is a team at Vancouver International Airport that specializes in developing and delivering innovative travel technology to enhance travelers’ overall experience and the airport’s performance.
The borderXpress kiosks are designed to reduce border wait times. Chris Gilliland, director of ITS, Vancouver Airport Authority said “borderXpress kiosks enable immigration officers to process more passengers per hour, reduce passenger wait times and overall operating costs, and free up border officers to focus on security, intelligence and enforcement activities.”
One important feature of these cruise ship kiosks are that they can connect via satellite with a secured, segregated virtual local area network (VLAN.) This enables groups of devices from multiple networks to be combined into a single logical network.
Currently, more than 1,300 BorderXpress kiosks are in use at 39 airport and seaport locations. As of December 2017, BorderXpress kiosks have processed over 160 million passengers in 36 languages.