Facial Recognition for Airport Checkin
Tech firm eyes new biometric gates.
Don’t like downloading your boarding pass into your smartphone? One day you may be able to leapfrog that technological step. The future may bring e-gates that recognize passengers’ faces and irises before allowing them to board planes. The technology, developed by Silicon Valley-based AOptix, has been tested at California’s San Jose International Airport. AOptix already makes e-gates that identify passengers based on an iris scan alone, used at airports in Britain and Qatar. To add facial recognition, a scanner maps an enrollee’s face and eyes in seconds. Biometric data stored in computers is synced to bar codes on boarding passes or other documents, the company said.