Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

“… the government is looking to use biometric technology for security screening, with facial, iris, and fingerprint recognition being potential modalities.”

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is looking to move to a 90 percent automated, contactless passenger processing system for the country’s airports, and is aiming to start rolling it out this year, reports The Guardian.Australian Gov't Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

While specifics are still very much up in the air, the government is looking to use biometric technology for security screening, with facial, iris, and fingerprint recognition being potential modalities. In a statement, the department said it “is asking tenderers to provide innovative solutions to allow arriving travellers to self-process,” adding that it “has not therefore defined the specific solution” to be adopted.

The government is aiming to trial the system – whatever it turns out to be – at Canberra Airport in July, and to launch it in November, with a full, cross-country rollout to be finished by March of 2019. The project would presumably take its funding from the $94 million budgeted to a airport and seaport modernization program initiated in 2015.

It’s an ambitious plan, but one that reflects very real trends emerging around the world, with increasing numbers of airports implementing automated and biometric passenger screening and processing systems.

Source: The Guardian

January 23, 2017 – by Alex Perala