Due to recent advances in reliability, accuracy and performance, the use of facial recognition technology in both security and commercial applications has grown significantly. Unlike other biometric systems, facial recognition requires no physical or active interaction with the subject, making it one of the least intrusive yet highly accurate biometric modes. It enables faces to be recorded and archived at a distance, act as a crime deterrent, and help identify a person in real-time.
The contact-free non-obtrusive approach makes for a more easily integrated and acceptable identification solution using existing CCTV cameras. Webcams can also be used to match images to records stored in a database. Biometric facial recognition has achieved a high profile, not only in security applications, it has also become increasingly important in registering and verifying individuals.
A radical overhaul of security at Australia’s international airports is the first step towards the government’s goal of automating 90% of air traveller processing by 2020.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals this year, Fairfax reported in January 2017 – the most ambitious stage of the Seamless Traveller initiative announced in 2015.
Incoming paper passenger cards would be abolished and manned stations would be replaced by electronic stations and automatic triage.
Passengers would not need to show their passports, instead being processed by biometric recognition of their faces, irises and/or fingerprints.