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Authorities test new biometric systems at Tokyo area airports


Recently, Japanese authorities began testing new biometric identification systems at Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita airports. The latest biometric system utilizes both facial recognition and fingerprint technology. It primarily aims to collate biometric data that is stored in machine-read e-passports to the actual passport holder in order to automate immigration procedures.

The new biometric identification system involves taking photographs and fingerprints of travellers to be compared with their e-passport data. Consent of travellers is necessary to participate in the trial.

The new biometric identification system test will be limited to Japanese nationals and will last until September 30. The final decision on whether the authorities will opt to adopt the new automated system is expected to be made by March 2013.

Will this new biometric identification system be able to streamline security and border control?

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