Facial recognition to shorten screening times at Narita Airport immigration gates

Japan’s Narita International Airport will deploy facial recognition technology at immigration gates in an effort to shorten screening times and improve security, reports NHK WORLD-JAPAN. The system will roll out this week.

The eGates compare a traveler’s passport photo with an image taken on the spot. The gates open automatically with a successfull match. The new technology will enable a single official to manage six gates at a time. Facial recognition gates are to be introduced at four other airports across Japan later this year.

The initial plan is to use the eGates for Japanese nationals returning home and to assign more staff to screen the growing number of overseas visitors. 28.7 million foreign tourists visited Japan last year, up nearly 20 percent from a year ago.

According to World Travel & Tourism Council President and CEO Gloria Guevara Manzo, the deployment of biometrics technology is the key to handling growth in global travel.

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