“…TOMS International emphasizes not only the reliability but also the speed of the system.”
An Australian diving tour operator is testing out a biometric customer identification system with the aim of making sure that no one is left behind on a dive.
The trial is underway about a year after two American tourists were left behind on a dive in the Great Barrier Reef, and were never seen again. While such dire cases are rare, ABC News reports that there have been several other recorded cases.
To combat this danger, a new company called TOMS International has adapted Fujitsu’s palm vein scanning technology to build a Tourist Onboard Management System (“TOMS”). The idea is to get a biometric register of tourists for each diving excursion, with each customer being scanned at the end of a dive to make sure that no one is left behind.
It’s perhaps a bit elaborate compared to a standard head count procedure, but TOMS International emphasizes not only the reliability but also the speed of the system. The company is planning to enhance the system with a facial recognition capability going forward, and says its current trial will continue for a few months, with the aim of having a completed TOMS ready for commercial launch within 12 months.
Source: ABC News
May 23, 2018 – by Alex Perala