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Morpho deploying facial recognition technology at Changi Airport


Changi Airport in Singapore has selected a biometric control system by Morpho (Safran) that includes self-bag drop, integrated border clearance and self-boarding gates to increase the airport’s operating efficiency and improve the passenger travel experience.

This solution is based on the MorphoPass Biometric Applicant Management System and MorphoWay automated gates to support the airport’s Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) concept for Terminal 4, which is due to open in 2017.

MorphoPass uses biometric identification to manage a passenger’s journey through an airport and makes checkpoints faster and less intrusive for travelers at bag drop, airside access and passport control, as well as the boarding control point.

The automation and traceability of all passenger checks makes MorphoPass an ideal solution for airlines, airports, regulators and passengers. The solution comprises a central system that manages passenger identification, or applicant management, through the various identity checks needed for authentication and identification of the passenger.

“We partnered with Morpho to deploy this integrated passenger processing system with the objective of transforming passenger experience. It’s the first time that facial recognition technology will be used at Changi Airport. The solution eliminates the need for manual identity verification by staff”, said Mr Steve Lee, CAG’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Technology.

Morpho CEO Anne Bouverot added, “We are very pleased that Changi Airport entrusted us with this project after an extensive evaluation process. With Changi Airport Group, we are building the checkpoint of the future, combining the best in biometric accuracy, design efficiency and program execution. We look forward to pursing this partnership and expanding into other areas of collaborative innovation.”

Changi Airport handled more than 54 million passengers in 2014.

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