Russian Olympics Motivates Airport Security Upgrade, 3D Face Recognition at Sochi Airport

September 12, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter

The road to the Olympics in any country is always one paved with roadblocks and controversy, and Russia has proven to be no exception as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics quickly approach. Technology, however, though it has social effects, always benefits surrounding major world events. In the same way that Brazil’s wireless infrastructure is receiving an immense upgrade as it prepares to host the Summer games, Sochi’s airport is going to find itself on the receiving end of a new Broadway 3D Face Recognition System courtesy of Artec Group (Artec ID).

The 3D access control system can enroll a face in under two seconds and work in tandem with a smart card containing the meticulously captured facial geometry. Accurate enough to tell apart even identical twins, the Broadway 3D system will be used for airport employee identification, allowing physical access to staff only areas.

Artec ID’s proprietary 3D face recognition has already been deployed in Russia for some time now, with an installation at IT solutions company CROC, which began using the technology last year.