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Vision-Box facial recognition technology piloted at Charles de Gaulle airport


Vision-Box facial recognition software is being tested at Charles de Gaulle airport, according to a report by Bloomberg Technology.

The Vision-Box solution will check passport images with people’s faces from EU countries. “If trials go well and the French state signs off on use of the software, the number of people using biometrics to speed passage could climb to as much as 20 percent of the average 180,000 people passing through daily,” said Franck Goldnadel, chief airport operations officer.

Charles de Gaulle currently uses Parafe, an automated system for French citizens that scans their biometric passports and fingerprints but only 3 percent of people passing through the airport use it. The airport operator, Groupe ADP, has invested $6.3 million for 87 more units through 2021 to help reduce passenger wait times.

Just last week, KLM and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol announced they have begun a voluntary biometrics-based boarding program using Vision-Box technology that identifies passengers using facial recognition rather than a boarding pass and passport.

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