Singapore airport to install facial recognition technology in new terminal

July 9, 2015 - 

Singapore’s Changi Airport will install facial recognition technology at the new Terminal 4 to eliminate the need for security staff to manually identity passengers at various check points, according to a report by Today.

The terminal, which spans 195,000 square meters (639,764 square feet), will feature many other fast and seamless travel (FAST) facilities, including self-service and automated options for check-in, bag tagging, immigration clearance and aircraft boarding.

The new terminal will also offer passport validation, and automated scanning and verification of boarding passes to facilitate faster clearances.

“With T4’s emphasis on innovation and productivity, airlines can look forward to longer-term growth coupled with lower operating cost and manpower savings,” said Yam Kum Weng, CAG’s executive VP of air hub and development. “Passengers can expect passage through the various touch points to be smoother and stress-free.”

T4 has an annual handling capacity of 16 million passengers. With more than 70% of construction in the main building completed, the terminal is set to open in 2017, said Changi Airport Group.

“The brand new terminal has many new innovative features that will complement and enhance AirAsia’s brand value to our passengers,” said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia’s group CEO. “The full rollout of FAST will allow us to further streamline processes for our passengers and enjoy gains from higher manpower productivity.”

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