The Australian government will roll out a “contactless traveller” clearance process for travellers arriving at the country’s international airports, after Vision-Box signed a contract to deliver the service.
The three year contract will deliver upgraded biometric technology, enabling the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to use biometric data to clear passengers arriving at Australia’s international airports.
It will also deliver a new capability that will eventually enable known travellers to self-process through the border without producing their passport, relying wholly on facial recognition technology.
Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, said the project is another step towards “contactless traveller” processing.
“Australia is committed to being a world leader in the use of biometrics at our border to facilitate legitimate travel, protect our community and prevent the activities of potential terrorists and criminals,” Dutton said.
“The government’s investment in advanced state-of-the-art biometric systems continues to enhance existing border automation measures and further improves the efficiency and speed of border processing for legitimate travellers, who represent the vast majority of people crossing Australia’s border.”
This investment is part of the government’s broader $123.6 million investment in improving the experience for passengers at the border.