Cases Schiphol automated border control gates

Self service border control.

What’s the best way to cope with the increasing passenger demand at Schiphol? We took a field trip to the location. Turned the strict customs counters 90 degrees and developed automated border passages. E-gates that fit seamlessly into the flow and experience of Schiphol.

Helping you forward, not holding you back.

Until 2012 only technology-driven e-gates were available on the market. Robust metal structures with loud, screeching interfaces. Starting with the service design, we developed automated border passages that help you as a traveller move forward, rather than holding you back.

Research in the departure hall.

First step: carry out an extensive analysis. On location. How does the traveller approach the crowds? What are the user expectations? Should we reassure users, support them or put them under pressure? How do we ensure a safe but still enjoyable process?

Flow and space at harmony.

We built a life-size replica of the e-gate, to check out the dimensions and flow, get a better idea of the whole thing. That’s how we got all the steps – screen instructions, scan camera, passport control and opening and closing of the gates – to come together.

Inviting and supportive.

Shape and interactivity guide the traveller. Rounded contours invite you to step into the device. The interface supports you as a traveller. Lit-up lines direct you intuitively through the steps, lets you see which parts need your attention and when.

Travellers by the millions.

Schiphol is the fourth airport in Europe to serve over 50 million passengers per year.

In their first half year of use, the 36 e-gates have already helped one million people cross the border.

Based on our vision and concept development, technology companies Accenture and Vision-Box were able to develop first versions of the e-gate. November 2012 saw the first 36 new e-gates put to use.

Continuous development.

We’ll go on to guide the further implementation of the passages. Continue to measure user experiences, which will serve as input for future passage developments. This way, the traveller remains the prime focus.


Portret van Frank van Leeuwen


van Leeuwen

Project management

Portret van Patrick Sanwikarja



Interaction design

Portret van Sjoerd van der Kooij


van der Kooij


Portret van Anna Offermans



Interaction design

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