Gemalto and IER have teamed up to create Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate, a self-service airport experience for travellers.Gemalto says: “Airport travel is booming; in 2016, there were 3.8 billion passengers and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects this to double by 2035. This means that the industry and authorities will need to deploy automated solutions to optimise the flow of passengers while guaranteeing stringent security.”According to the partners, Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate is designed to provide a self-service experience that takes travellers from their home to the departure gate. A typical Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate departure solution gives the traveller the choice between mobile check-in or self-service kiosks and includes bag drop points, border control, security and boarding gates.Fly to Gate combines IER's self-service equipment and services with Gemalto's border management solutions. It supports multimodal biometric verification including facial recognition, document verification and straightforward integration with immigration systems.”For airports and airlines alike, the opportunities created by strong growth in passenger numbers go hand in hand with the challenges of more stringent border and security checks,” says Maxime Boulvain, CEO at IER. “This new partnership between IER and Gemalto squares the circle, using world-class automation techniques to improve customer satisfaction, implement consistent identity and document verification procedures, and maximise commercial revenues.”FrÉdÉric Trojani, executive vice president of Government at Gemalto says: “The appetite for automated, self-service travel experiences is already evident in the success of electronic travel authorisation, online check-in and automated border eGates. For the first time, Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate offers a chance to reap the full benefits of this trend, working with leading partners whose solutions have been proven in numerous deployments.”