Gemalto is going to deploy biometric passenger screening systems at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports, the company has announced. It’s going to implement the systems in collaboration with Automatic Systems.
In a statement announcing the project, Gemalto suggested that it’s primarily meant “to increase capacity and improve traveler experience.” The screening will be based on a combination of ePassport and fingerprint scanning, with Gemalto’s Coesys Automated Border Control eGates allowing passengers to get through passenger processing with a minimum of fuss, so long as their fingerprint scans match the biometric data contained in their passport documents.
The CEO of Paris Aéroport, the airports’ operators, indicated in an interview earlier this year that his organization was trialing facial recognition as a means of reducing passenger wait times. It isn’t clear if Gemalto’s fingerprint-based system represents an evolution of that project, or if facial recognition is still being explored separately. In any case, the airports are joining a growing number of counterparts around the world that are embracing biometric identification for passenger screening.
November 30, 2016 – by Alex Perala