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Baidu’s facial recognition technology being tested at Beijing Airport

Chinese search engine Baidu has signed a partnership agreement to provide smart and automated management solutions, including AI-based facial recognition technology, to Beijing Capital International Airport, according to a report by Technode.

Under the partnership, Baidu is currently testing its facial recognition solutions at the control centers of the airport for mostly staff admission and data monitoring purposes by the ground crew.

If the pilot is successful, it is likely that the airport will expand Baidu’s facial recognition technology use for boarding passes, baggage claim or other scenarios of passenger ID verification.

Over the last few years Baidu has focused on developing AI technologies of which facial recognition is a key unit.

Baidu’s technology has already been used in several physical deployments, including verifying the identities of visitors at historical town Wuzhen, and facilitating checking in and boarding processes for travelers at Nanyang Jiangying Airport of Henan Province.

In addition to face recognition, Baidu said it may incorporate partnership in more diversified areas, including indoor navigation, smart parking and passenger credit management.

Last month, audio and voice technology solutions firm Conexant partnered with Baidu to release development kits and reference designs for device makers to develop voice-enabled artificial intelligent (AI) devices running on Baidu’s DuerOS platform.

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