Thursday, February 07, 2019

Face-recognition entry at RGIA soon

GMR’s Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport will be introducing face recognition technology to usher in select passengers quickly through the transit without the mandatory physical frisking and patting, within the next few months.

Airport authorities are taking up trial runs with its own staff and those of other airlines and in about “three to four months” pilot runs are also to be taken up with passengers volunteering for the same, according to Chief Executive Officer S.G.K. Kishore.

“Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports have been cleared by the Government of India to introduce new technologies like face recognition to make air travel seamless under the ‘Digiyatra’. We will roll out the facility once we complete all the pilot studies so that we can come out with a robust solution,” he said, in a recent interaction.

The plan is to bring in ‘algorithms’ which will give prior information to the security agencies stating that a particular individual is ‘clean’ or ‘safe’. “Once we get more data we can focus on the real problem areas rather than doing the current physical patting process,” he said.
Face-recognition entry at RGIA soon
07/02/19 V Geetanath/The Hindu