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Dublin Airport now using biometric gates to quickly process passengers

@denschaal

May 11, 2013 8:30 am

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These sorts of biometrics will soon become standard at modern airports. The airport of the future, in some respects, has already arrived.

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The biometric gates at Dublin Airport use facial-recognition technology to speed passengers through border control. SITA


This pilot program is for Dublin Airport passengers, some of whom are navigating automatic border control gates to get through immigration control as quick as 7.5 seconds, authorities say.

The new program, which processes up to 1,000 passengers per day, is powered by SITA’s iBorders biometric gates. In Dublin, the system uses facial recognition and vets it against the biometrics contained in the passport. And, after ensuring that the individual is not on any border control checklists, the passenger can speed through the gate.

“Many major European airports are adopting a similar trend towards the deployment of automated gates for immigration control functions to enhance passengers’ experience on arrival at airports while also strengthening border security,” says Alan Shatter, Ireland’s minister for justice, equality and defense.

“The trial period will test the suitability of e-gates for use at Dublin airport with a view to providing a more secure and efficient means for clearing passengers through immigration control. I look forward to receiving recommendations on the future use of such technology on conclusion of the trials.”

Here’s a SITA video on how its biometrics program works:

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