Major Canadian airports are adopting self-service kiosks that employ facial-recognition technology to streamline the process of clearing travelers entering the country, according to an article in CBC.
The first Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) kiosks will be installed at Ottawa International Airport this spring, with deployments at other facilities coming in 2018, the Canada Border Services Agency announced.
The CBSA currently is providing few details on the PIK program. However, the facial-recognition aspect of PIK may bear some similarity to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 1:1 Facial Comparison Project, CBC reported.
The DHS program authenticates traveler identity using a combination of e-Passports and facial-recognition technology. Each e-Passport integrates a microchip that contains biometric information about its owner, including an image of his or her face.
When travelers arrive at airport checkpoints, photos are taken of their faces. Facial-recognition technology at the checkpoint then compares this photo with e-Passport image to verify the identity.
Other indications of how the CBSA PIK program might work can be found in planned kiosk installations at other Canadian airports. For example, the international airport in Toronto is installing 130 kiosks provided by a Portuguese company called Vision-Box.
Vision-Box’s Happy Flow system emphasizes the rapid and smooth movement of passengers through airports. The system uses face biometrics to identify individuals during their journeys through airports, minimizing the need to interact with authorities or show a passport.
CBSA said it plans to provide more details about the PIK program within the next few weeks.
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