Sydney Airport to pilot app-based enrolment for facial recognition system

01/06/18

Sydney Airport is working with Vision-Box to develop a mobile app that will allow travellers to capture an image of their face and their passport and use that data to enrol in a planned biometric-based authentication system.

Australia’s busiest airport expects to launch a pilot in mid to late 2018 of a facial recognition based system as part of its Fast Passenger Processing Project. The project team was stood-up in 2017.

(Last year the federal government revealed that it had awarded Vision-Box a $22.5 million contract to implement facial recognition at immigration processing in airports.)

Sydney Airport project manager, terminal design and planning, Lisa Airth told the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference that the aim is to facilitate a more efficient journey for passengers and minimise the points at which they need to produce physical documentation, such as a passport or boarding pass. The process is also expected to have security benefits, she said.

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