World Border Security Congress

Site Visit

Site Visit to Madrid Barajas International Airport

Tuesday 20th March – 8.30am-12noon

Courtesy of the Spanish Police Nacional.

Madrid-Barajas Airport is located on the northeast of Madrid only 12 kilometers from Madrid city centre.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas is the first airport in Spain, regarding passenger traffic, transport of goods and operations. It occupies the 5th position in the ranking of European airports based on the Eurostat agency data from year 2014, and is the fifteenth in the world by passenger traffic, according to ACI agency statistics from year 2014, with more than 29 million passengers and transported in 2014.

The airport provides four passenger terminals, one Executive terminal, one air cargo area, and two main areas of hangars, on one side the Old Industrial Area, between terminals T3 and T4 and the Industrial Area La Muñoza on the other side.


Spain’s Smarter Borders Project
The smarter borders project aims at managing the Spanish border through a comprehensive vision, in which there is Border Crossing Points at airports, seaports and land borders. At these control points, they can have both automatic control systems (ABC Systems) and manual control systems, and different physical equipment such as passport readers, fingerprint readers, ID card readers, etc.

There are three key components of the ABC system which are the Identification Modules, in which the traveller performs, in an unattended way, the process of document validation and identification through facial and finger biometry.

The ABC in Spain began in 2010 with a pilot project in the airports of Madrid and Barcelona, with a total of 24 Identification Modules installed.

Download the Spanish Smarter Border feature from Border Security Report May 2017 >>

The World Border Security Congress is delighted the Spanish National Police will be demonstrating the new ABC gates, with integrated fingerprint recognition, along with other initiatives on airport procedures, immigration and customs, for delegates of the 2017 World Border Security Congress on Tuesday 20th March.

Spaces are limited so ensure you book your place on the site tour early.


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