Aviation

Passengers to board planes just using face recognition tech

Daisy Melwani

We never thought we’d be saying it, but Brisbane Airport leaves the others in Australia in the dust when it comes to revolutionary technology.

The airport, in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand, has launched an Australian first trial of facial recognition technology that is set to transform the “future of travel”, or so it tells us.

So what is it? Well, in a nutshell the new SITA Smart Path™ technology uses sophisticated biometrics which allows passengers to present their details at a self-service kiosk at check-in then, when ready to board, use an automated boarding gate to be verified using face recognition technology to access the aircraft.

Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this and with SITA Smart Path, once travel documents are linked to the biometric at check-in, the passenger can complete the boarding process without the need to present a boarding pass, a passport or travel documents.

Air New Zealand passengers are the first to trial Smart Path at Brisbane Airport, with plans to expand the service to more international airlines in the coming months.

Smart Path can be extended throughout the airport to include any processes and checkpoints that require document checks. Over the coming months, Brisbane Airport and SITA will work together to use the technology in a variety of scenarios.

 

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