Egypt’s Cairo International Airport has started using a biometric passenger screening system, according to an article in The Cairo Post. The system was set in motion at an inaugural ceremony attended by Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab along with other government officials.
It uses facial recognition to identify travelers, matching the biometric data against their electronic passports. The aim, as in so many other biometric eGate systems, is to automate the passenger screening process, making it more efficient and secure.
It’s an increasingly popular means of conducting these security checks. In America, such efforts are being spearheaded by MorphoTrust (Safran) in collaboration with the government’s Transportation Security Administration in a program called PreCheck, while many countries in Europe are adopting such systems partly in an effort to promote ease of travel between EU member countries. While many of those deployments are in border crossing areas on land, demand for biometric security in airports specifically is also taking off.
May 19, 2015 – by Alex Perala