Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Face detection plan for airport

Calcutta: Passengers will be allowed into the terminal building of the city airport and to board a flight without any physical identity proof once a facial recognition technology is installed early next year, officials said.

A Tokyo-based company, NEC Corporation, has won the bid to set up the system, which passengers can avail themselves of only if they want to. A team from the company has inspected the airport ahead of the installation.

“We are expecting the first phase of the project to be implemented by February 2020. Initially, it will be set up in the domestic wing of the terminal. We will select two entry gates (for the installation of the facial recognition system),” airport director Kaushik Bhattacharya said.

Gates 2A and 2B or 3A and 3B are likely to be the ones where the system will make its debut.
“The existing system of entry and boarding an aircraft will not be discontinued because the facial recognition system will be optional,” the director said. “At entry gates there will be two queues for the two systems.”
The facial recognition system is part of the Centre’s DigiYatra scheme.
06/11/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph
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