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Yoti revealed as facial recognition provider for Heathrow curb-to-gate deployment


Heathrow’s planned £50 million facial recognition roll-out it hails as a “biometric revolution” will leverage passenger authentication through the Yoti app, combining traveler information and the boarding pass to create a token linked to facial biometrics.

In a blog post, Yoti describes an initial proof of concept in which Heathrow staff used the app to share passport information and facial biometrics for the check-in process.

The original announcement, which does not mention Yoti, says the system could speed up passengers’ journeys through the airport by one-third.

Passengers have been trialing the new end-to-end service throughout 2018, according to the announcement.

“As our passenger numbers continue to grow, we must look for innovative ways to make it easier and quicker for them to travel through Heathrow with choice, whilst keeping our airport secure,” comments Heathrow Customer Relations and Service Director Jonathan Coen. “Biometrics are key to helping us do that and we are really excited about the biggest roll out of this equipment at any UK airport.”

Yoti also recently reached a deal to provide its facial recognition technology for use in self-service checkout machines at UK supermarkets.

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