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Australia to use biometric system for passport check, replace traditional checks

The biometric system aims to reduce time spent by its passengers at the airports

The Australian government will upgrade its security system for its international airports. It will replace the conventional ID check system for a biometric process. According to the announcement made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Patrol, it will start its transition towards the ‘seamless traveler’ system starting this year.

It is expected that this will enable them to remove requirements of a manual passport control and even ‘SmartGates’ which electronically scans passports. This will enable passengers to get out of the airports quicker in the intermediate term, and may not have to present its passport for a scan in the long term. The government wishes to have its system to be 90% implemented by the year 2020. It further says,” Biometric capability will reduce manual processes, allowing a fast, seamless self-processing experience for up to 90% of travelers and enable border control officers to concentrate on passengers of interest.

Deployment and Cost

The estimated cost for this overhaul is said to be $94 million and will have its pilot testing done at the Canberra airport in June 2017. It will later introduce this system at airports in Sydney or Melbourne by November. While everybody loves new developments, it is still uncertain if biometric system is accurate for such a large deployment. Specialized devices will have an updated and exclusive technology is never cost-effective for widespread use. It is uncertain if this system will be foolproof enough for other countries to follow, and possibly to adapt this in other industries. In any case, Australia will bag the first bragging right to implement such technology.

Implementations in other countries

The US Customs and Border protection also conducted tests on similar technology at the John F Kennedy airports and Washington Dulles International Airport in 2015 and 2016. But it has not finalized its date for a widespread use.

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