The Gold Coast International Airport in Queensland, Australia has become the seventh Australian airport to be outfitted with the biometric SmartGates developed by biometrics company SAGEM Australasia, according to an IT News article.
The new technology in the airports is designed to automatically authenticate a traveler’s identity via face recognition if they have a new Australian or New Zealand ePassport embedded with their biometric information.
Australia’s Customs and Border Protection says that the SmartGates have been used by more than 900,000 travelers this financial year at the seven airports.
The next airport the Australian government is considering for future roll-outs of SmartGates is at Darwin Airport sometime next year. In addition to use for easing lines for people with biometric passports, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has also been trialing a potential use for similar technology that would identify individuals biometrically if they do not have the proper documentation to otherwise ascertain their identity.
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