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Face It – Airport Passport Flashing May Be On Way Out

The Department of Home Affairs’ initial “face-on-the move” passenger recognition technology trials at Canberra airport have correctly matched 94 percent of travellers at arrival counters, the Homies say.

The new system seeks to match individuals against facial images stored in airlines’ advanced passenger processing systems, removing the need for frequent travellers to present their passports at the gate.

Home Affairs is in the process of replacing its fleet of ageing Morpho-based arrival smartgates at Australia’s international airports with the facially aware system.

Last year it awarded border technology provider Vision-Box – which currently provides smartgate technology at departure gates around the country – a $22.5 million deal to overhaul the arrivals process.

The department is aiming for 90 percent of international travellers to be processed by automated means by 2020.

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