Consulting and technology firm Indra says it has successfully deployed Automatic Border Control (ABC) systems at five Spanish airports and the Port of Algeciras in the first six months of 2015.The systems are designed for faster processing of adult citizens of the European Economic Area returning from non-member states.The company says it has deployed a total of 124 ABC systems at the airports of Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, South Tenerife and Malaga, with the latter being operational since 2014.The system has also been introduced for the first time at a port, in this case the Algeciras Maritime Station, which is used by travellers from all over Europe crossing to Africa. This system records passengers entering and leaving the Schengen area.Deployment of these systems follows technology trials at the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona-El Prat Airport. They have been operational at both airports since 2010 as part of a pilot initiative in Europe, which was subsequently extended to Malaga Airport.The ABC solution comprises a kiosk where passengers show their digital passport or other eID. Each post features a digital fingerprint sensor and facial recognition cameras. The system uses biometric information included in digital passports, and also verifies the authenticity of these documents and checks police databases. The entire process takes a few seconds, after which the traveller can continue to the border gate.The project is part of the Smart Borders programme, co-funded by the EU, which aims to integrate air, sea and land borders.Indra says it is also working on the next generation of ABC systems. It is leading the European ABC4EU project, financed by the EU as part of the 7th Framework Program, which includes 15 partners (industry, research centres, SMEs and end users).The project, which will run until June 2017, aims to reconcile management of ABC systems on the continent, so that passengers have the same border experience regardless of the country they happen to be in or the company that deployed the system. It is also designed to be operable by all users, whether they belong to a Schengen member state or not.