Brisbane Airport hosts trial of biometric-enabled ‘walkthrough experience’


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Passengers participating in the trial have their biometric data captured at the point of check-in. 

Brisbane Airport has teamed up with Air New Zealand and SITA to host a trial of a biometric-based “walkthrough experience”.

The system being trialled, SITA’s Smart Path, uses facial recognition technology. Passengers can check-in using a self-service kiosk, which captures an image of their face, and then their identity is verified using facial recognition technology at the boarding gate.

As the travel documents are linked to the biometrics at check-in, passengers don’t have to show their passport and boarding pass at the boarding gate.

The biometric technology integrates with the airport’s existing common-use systems. In the coming months, other carriers will join Air New Zealand in participating in the pilot.

Roel Hellemons, General Manager Strategic Planning and Development, Brisbane Airport Corporation, lauded the “opportunity for passengers to help shape the future of travel”. He continued: “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.”

Hellemons also said the project team hopes to bring government systems for immigration and border checks into the trial at a later date.

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