Facial recognition to replace passports

Passport, a special document required for traveling to different parts of the World. Soon their position may be replaced by something new. Yes, you heard it right. The Australian Immigration and Border Protection is seeking tenders for the new system which will be launched by the end of this year.

As a part of overhauling the security at its international airports is looking for replacing the passports for identifying passengers.

They have set the year 2020 as the target for effective implementation of the new identification system. The New system will use Finger Print scan, Facial structure recognition, and iris or may be all at major airports and sea ports.

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Peter Dutton, Australian Immigration Minister, said that they are aiming for more than 90 percent of passengers to avoid doc work or manual processing by staff. “In many cases that will mean people, while they’ll still have to carry their passport, may not have to present their passport at all in the long term,” Dutton said on Sunday. “But in the immediate term, this will make it easier; it will make it quicker, for people going in and out of our airports.”

If the new technology were implemented successfully, then it would reduce and abolish the incoming paper passenger cards.Everything will be automated with less involvement of the human and electric stations will be seen in the place of manned stations.

It also enables passengers to just walk through the electronic gateways rather than standing in the ques with passport in their hands. The automatic E-Gateways would identify the passengers by scanning their faces, irises, and fingerprints.

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This new automatic system would be a bane for the humans in one way as it lessens the number of security officers working and they all will be unemployed. On the other hand, it will be boon since it strengthens the security and takes it to the next level which will eventually reduce the mishaps.


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