Face scan set to replace passport check.

ABC News (Australia)- Face scan set to replace passport check..

A new air passenger identification system that uses automatic photo-matching technology instead of a Customs officer has been launched in Sydney.

The technology is called biometrics and uses body characteristics like fingerprints, iris patterns and face recognition to check identity.

Passengers will walk through a kiosk called Smartgate, place their passport picture on a scanner and look into a camera, which performs verification in less than 10 seconds.

It replaces the face-to-passport check normally done by a Customs official and takes into account age, ethnicity, expression and changes such as hair and glasses.  [Privacy Digest]

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