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Brisbane Airport to Introduce Facial Recognition Technology

Brisbane airport to introduce facial recognition technologyBrisbane Airport is going to be Australia's first airport to introduce facial recognition technology, which aims to make passenger processing more efficient and secure. It is part of a major overhaul of security at Australia's international airports which aims to automate 90 percent of passenger processing by 2020.

How Will it Work?

Brisbane Airport is trialling the SITA Smart Path, in partnership with Air New Zealand and IT firm SITA. When a passenger checks in they will give their details at a self-service kiosk, linking their travel documents to their biometric profile.
Then when it's time for them to board their plane they will pass through an automated boarding gate that will recognise their face and allow them entry. 
The Smart Path will allow passengers to carry out the boarding process without needing to show their boarding pass, passport or any other travel documents. “This is a great opportunity for passengers to help shape the future of travel," Brisbane Airport strategic planning and development general manager Roel Hellemons said.
"We’re always striving to improve the airport experience at Brisbane Airport and this trial will allow us to test and refine new technology that we hope will make standard check-in and boarding processes more efficient and secure in the very near future.” 
The first airline to trial Smart Path is Air New Zealand, though it is going to be extended to other airlines over coming months. 

What are the Benefits of Smart Path?

The ultimate purpose of facial recognition technology is to remove much of the hassle from the experience of moving through an airport. The hope is that one day it will become a simple walk-through process from check-in all the way to the aircraft door, without passengers having to constantly join a line and prove their identity. 
It not only speeds up passenger processing, making the often frustrating journey through an airport far quicker, it also increases the security oversight.
This will give greater peace of mind to everybody that their journey will be a safe one. On top of that, the level of resources the airport and airlines need to funnel into passenger processing will be greatly reduced, which will ultimately lead to cheaper flights for passengers. 
“A key benefit of working with SITA is its technology integrates with our existing common-use infrastructure – check-in kiosks and boarding gates – and can be used by any airline that operates on a common-use kiosk," Mr Hellemons said. "As we progress we hope to integrate with various government systems for immigration and border checks."

Where to From Here?

The introduction of facial recognition technology at Brisbane Airport is merely the first step in a plan by the Australian Government to have self-processing systems introduced at airports throughout the nation. 
The ultimate goal is for more than 90 percent of passengers to be able to board their flight without the need for any paperwork or manual processing by staff.
"In many cases that will mean people, whilst they'll still have to carry their passport, may not have to present their passport at all in the long term," Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said. "But in the immediate term, this will make it easier, it will make it quicker, for people going in and out of our airports."
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