Eligible travellers can use the electronic gates to scan their documents and boarding passes, which are then verified by facial recognition technology using the gates’ embedded cameras. Currently airport security staff conducts this process manually.
No prior enrolment is required in order to be able to use the gates, and any passengers over the age of 11 that holds a valid electronic travel document is able to use the service.
“This new smart initiative will speed up and enhance the accuracy of the document checking process,” said Chris Au Young, general manager, smart airport for Airport Authority Hong Kong. “It also marks the first step in our efforts to streamline passenger boarding at HKIA by using biometrics.
“In the near future, HKIA will extend the use of biometrics and facial recognition to check-in and boarding procedures with the aim of using passengers’ faces for identity verification throughout their departure journey at HKIA, providing a seamless experience for travellers.”