Air transport solutions provider SITA has upgraded the automated passport control (APC) kiosks of Orlando International Airport with facial recognition capabilities, the company has announced. The airport now has APC kiosks in place capable of matching travelers’ faces to their images in their passports.
The upgrade was undertaken in an effort to comply with new regulations from the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) requiring that American airports outfit their APC kiosks with facial recognition capabilities. While the CBP has recently been exploring the implementation of this kind of facial recognition technology on a more comprehensive basis, for now it seems that it has implemented the biometric requirement specifically for APC kiosks. Orlando International Airport is the first to comply with this new regulation.
For its part, SITA says it “is supporting other airports to meet the CBP requirements.” In a recent market analysis from Acuity, SITA was named as one of America’s two major APC kiosk vendors, so it does indeed appear likely to benefit further from the new regulations; it’s fair to expect more of these kinds of upgrades at other airports in the near future.
October 2, 2015 – by Alex Perala