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Amadeus expands in biometrics with acquisition of Vision-Box

photo_camera 470 staff will transfer as part of the acquisition

Airline technology firm Amadeus has bought tech company Vision-Box for approximately €320m. Vision-Box is a provider of biometric technology for airports, airlines, and border control customers. and as part of the deal approximately 470 employees will transfer to Amadeus.

The acquisition is expected to bring Amadeus new capabilities around biometrics hardware and software and enable it to provide products into the border control market.

The deal is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in H1 2024.

Decius Valmorbida, President, Travel, Amadeus, comments: “Biometrics is a strategic and fast-growing industry, and Vision-Box’s capabilities will allow us to accelerate our growth in this area.” He added that the acquisition will enable Amadeus to expand it’s ‘ecosystem approach’ of products, enabling travellers to move through an airport seamlessly. “It’s how travel works better,” he concluded.

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Miguel Leitmann, Founder & CEO of Vision-Box, concurred: “I’m extremely excited about the growth opportunities for Vision-Box as we join Amadeus, a leading travel technology player with a global footprint. Together we can deliver the next big step in the travel experience: to unite all separate players and systems in a single, digitally- integrated, and orchestrated ecosystem.”

IATA’s Global Passenger Survey 2023 found that 75% of passengers are keen on using biometric data to expedite processes at the airport instead of showing passports and boarding passes. Frictionless touchpoints allow passengers to arrive at the boarding gate on time, reducing stress levels and freeing up time to spend at lounge or retail areas. A faster and smoother boarding experience powered by biometrics also enables airlines to improve their on-time performance targets.

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