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Indian airport to implement facial recognition

Hyderabad Airport in India is to begin implementing facial recognition ticketing technology from March onwards.

A trial of the biometric technology has been successfully completed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA).

The first phase of the trial involved GHIAL employees, while the second phase, which is due to launch at the end of January, will include regular fliers.

If all goes well with stage two, facial recognition technology will be fully introduced in March at the airport, which welcomes 12 million passengers per year.

GHIAL has already installed cameras in the Hyderabad airport, allowing for passengers’ imaging to be scanned.

The system would have a centralised registration system for passengers, with each person’s face attached with his/her photo identity like a passport. Identification details and facial mapping will be scanned and stored by GHIAL through the centralised registration system at the airport. It will then be sent to the e-boarding gate.

Airlines will also be given passenger information and biometrics, allowing them to alert the airport authorities when a booking is made. 

The facial recognition technology will help security personnel, check-in staff, and security check-in workers to identify each person. A mobile boarding pass will then be sent to the passengers’ phone.

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