Vision-Box face biometrics launched to Osaka Airport and extended to AirAsia India at Bengaluru
Pre-security gates with biometric facial recognition, supplied by Vision-Box, have been deployed at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan to provide faster and more efficient travel experiences.
Five banks of 12 gates were installed at the airport’s Terminal 1 as part of wider efforts to promote ‘Fast Travel’ experiences. A self-scan with facial biometrics replaces boarding pass checks for a smoother departing procedure, and reduces contact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We are delighted to announce a partnership with Kansai Airports. This is another positive step forward in increasing our presence in the country as we aim to deliver innovate projects which focus on seamless travel and identity management,” states Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann. “We believe that the team at Kansai International Airport share our vision to modernise and change the landscape of the travel and aviation industry for the better. While Vision-Box continues to drive such technology in the field, Japan is no doubt one of the leaders in technological development and this partnership is testament to our hard work and expertise in delivering such innovation.”
Kansai International is the second-largest airport in the Vinci Group, and handles more than 30 million passengers a year.
Survey results recently released by Vision-Box show that most aviation companies and governments are planning to put biometrics in place to support contactless processes for air travel.
AirAsia India, meanwhile, has taken up the biometric boarding process offered by Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) under the DigiYatra program, Business Traveller reports.
The biometric kiosks used at Bengaluru airport were implemented by Vision-Box last year for Vistara (Tata SIA Airlines).
Eleven kiosks installed at the airport’s entrance can be used by AirAsia passengers the option to enroll their face biometrics and validate their ID cards, after which authentication is performed with biometrics at each touchpoint, according to the report. A few hours after the flight is completed, passenger data is deleted.
“The implementation of biometric recognition systems is quickly proving essential to enable safe, convenient and contactless travel experiences. To enable enhanced safety and security for our guests, AirAsia India has collaborated with Bangalore Airport for the implementation of the DigiYatra facility,” says Sunil Bhaskaran, managing director and chief executive officer, AirAsia India.