At the GSMA we constantly explore ways of improving our attendees’ experience at MWC and make available to them leading cutting-edge technologies.
The Biometric Recognition Easy Entry Zone (“BREEZ”) provides a way for attendees to enter an event at which BREEZ is available (each an “Event”) and restricted areas without providing further identification or scanning a badge. BREEZ relies on facial recognition technology for the purposes of identification and verification of enrolled attendees, in order to allow access to the Event’s premises and restricted areas.
BREEZ lanes are currently available at MWC Barcelona perimeter access points as well as at the Ministerial Programme perimeter at MWC Barcelona.
Where BREEZ is available, all registered attendees can enrol to BREEZ and take advantage of a quicker and smoother access control fuctionality during Event days. Enrolment to BREEZ is voluntary
Either during or after you complete your Event registration, you can enrol in BREEZ by following these simple steps:
1. Grant your explicit consent to use BREEZ.
2. Upon consenting, you will be directed to upload or take a photo via ScanVis Facial Recognition System for the creation of your biometric profile.
3. The uploaded BREEZ photo will pass through a quality verification (QV) check to ensure that it is suitable for facial recognition. If the defined parameters are met, your biometric profile will be created. If they are not, you will be asked to complete the previous step again.
4. Activate your BREEZ enrolment by presenting your passport or EU issued ID card at any of our Event badge collection locations. Your identity, registration and BREEZ credentials will be verified.
Please note the following if you are enrolling in BREEZ on a mobile device:
You can use a mobile device to complete the registration process, which includes BREEZ enrollment, however to ensure the best experience and maximum compatibility we have the following mobile browser recommendations depending on the device’s operating system;
- iOS – If you are using an iPhone or iPad we recommend that you use the safari mobile web browser to complete the registration process.
- Android – If you are using a device running an Android operating system we recommend that you use Chrome or Firefox for the best registration experience.
Your consent to participate in BREEZ remains valid for as long as you maintain your MWC account or until you opt-out of BREEZ.
You can opt out of BREEZ by withdrawing your consent at any time by accessing your registration account via https://register.mwcbarcelona.com/register and deselecting the BREEZ option, or by contacting [email protected].
If you withdraw your consent prior to or during the Event, you must present your government issued photo identification in the form of a passport or EU national ID card along with your Event badge in order to enter the Event.
Please note that although your consent remains valid for as long as you maintain your MWC account, your biometric data is only kept for 4 weeks after the Event. This is an important step to protect your information. Only when you register to a subsequent Event using your MWC account, the biometric token will be re-generated.
After you consent to BREEZ and upload a photo, our facial recognition software analyses facial features by taking measurements of data points that make up the face. These data points include the distance between your eyes and the distance from forehead to chin, etc. The technology processes a number of data points to create a real-time map of your face. This is converted into a secure anonymous data pattern using a complex algorithm to create your biometric token.
Your biometric token will be stored and retained in the European Union for the duration of the Event and securely destroyed within 4 weeks post-Event. GSMA is committed to protecting your personal data. We have implemented appropripriate technical and organizational measures to ensure that your data is secured at all times. Each biometric token is encrypted and stored in a database separate from the raw data used in its creation.
If you are a returning BREEZ-enrolled attendee, once you register for the Event your biometric token will be re-created following the steps listed in the first paragraph.
During the registration process, you will also have the opportunity to upload your passport / EU National ID information using a camera capture or an image upload. If you choose to input your passport / EU National ID information using one of these methods the image captured will be compared to your BREEZ profile to verify that the document being entered matches the registrant. This process is engineered to improve the onsite experience by removing the need for an attendee to validate their identification at the point of check-in and keep an ID within their possession in order to collect a badge and access the event venue.
At the Event, BREEZ will be used for the purposes of identification of enrolled attendees. When you enter the BREEZ lane and approach a camera you will be recognised and granted access to the Event. This is done by matching the real-time image of your face with the biometric token created during the registration process.
All attendees are required to have their printed badge on them at all times since MWC badges are visually checked on arrival and further used to scan attendees into certain event sessions.
Everyone in Spain is legally required to carry a valid ID or passport at all times. Therefore, attendees should keep such identification documents with them during the Event.