Expanded use of facial recognition at Prague international airport approved

The Czech government has approved a plan to expand the use of facial recognition cameras at Prague’s international airport, AP news reports.

The cameras with the biometric surveillance technology will now be deployed across Vaclav Havel airport, not just the transit areas, increasing the total numbers of the cameras to 145 from 100. The government is also planning to boost security measures at the country’s remaining international airports.

The deployment of the cameras in the transit areas at Vaclav Havel airport was first approved in 2015 as a security measure with a $7.8 million project covered by the Czech government’s interior ministry, security information service and finance ministry.

According to a recent report from Acuity Market Research airport biometrics are expected to generate $1.3 billion in revenue in the next five years.

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