Facial recognition technology to replace passports in Australia


Australia plans on eliminating the need to carry travelling document’s such as passports by implementing facial recognition of faces, irises and fingerprints. The country’s international airports are in the process of automating 90 percent of air traveller processing by 2020.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia has stated that it will make a tradition towards a contactless  system for arrivals this year and under this system, manned counters will be replaced by automatic electronic booths and the existing Smart gate that scans passport’s electronically will also be overhauled.

The program is set to begin by July 2017 at Canberra Airport and by March 2019, the technology will have been implemented in all major airports in Australia.

The immigration department explained in a statement that biometric capability will reduce manual processes allowing a fast, seemed self processing experience for up to 90 percent of travellers and enabe border control officers to concentrate on passenger of interest.

This technology has also been introduced in 2 airports in the USA – John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in 2015 and 2016 respectively with similar plans  of introducing to other major airports.

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