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Airport Facial Recognition: Could It Spell The Beginning Of The End For Passports?

Postby sunnyd » Thu May 18, 2017 11:19 am

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Forget boarding passes. In future, our faces could be the only thing needed to board a plane. Finland's national airline Finnair and airport operator Finavia are trialing the use of facial-recognition technology to speed up airport check-ins.

"Face recognition is one of the new technologies that, in addition to our trial, are being tested at a few airports. There's an interest in it from the aviation world and elsewhere," Timo Rissanen, head of Helsinki ground experience at Finnair tells ZDNet. "With this trial, we want to test how it suits our [processes] in practice."

During the three-week trial, 1,000 of Finnair's frequent fliers are invited to be guinea pigs for the new system. They register on an Android app, take three pictures of their face, which are turned into untraceable biometric IDs to avoid storing the images, and choose a designated check-in desk at the airport.

A ceiling camera recognizes them in the queue, and all the relevant details flash up on the customer service agent's screen when the passenger approaches the desk. The agent then checks their documents and confirms whether the facial recognition has been successful.

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