Australia's second airport welcomes new arrivals without contact

Source: Australian Border Force

The Perth Airport has become Australia's second largest international airport to use new smart gateways adapted to facial biometrics, which will allow travelers to pass without a passport.

Next-generation smartgates are being rolled out as part of the new automated border biometric control solution from Vision-Box.

The Department of Home Affairs has signed a $ 22.5 million contract with technology provider at the border – the current supplier of the new smartgate technology to the starting gates – in July 2017 for the new solution that will replace its aging smartgates fleet of Morpho (now Idemia).

The new solution will use biometrics to match individuals with facial images stored in advanced airline passenger processing systems, eliminating the need for travelers to present their passports at the boarding gate to facilitate l & # 39; immigration.

The new smartgates are already in place at Canberra Airport, which became the first international airport in the country to benefit from the following technology in early 2018.

They operate in "contact" mode only since their deployment and still require travelers to insert their passports in order to be treated.

However, the first tests of passenger recognition technology using the automated solution last year well matched 94 percent of travelers without any identification error.

No date has been given for the moment when the contactless mode will be activated.

But the department has now confirmed that next-generation smartgates have been deployed to a second international airport at the end of last year.

A spokesman for the Australian border force said ITNEWS that the "Series 2" smart gates had been deployed in the new Qantas International Wing at Terminal 3 at Perth Airport.

The terminal serves the non – stop Qantas flight recently set up between Perth and London, as well as other services to Singapore and Auckland.

However, the spokesperson did not indicate whether the smart gates remained in "touch" mode only or whether a "face-to-face" test had been conducted, only these tests were in progress.

The department plans to have rolled out new smart gates for arrivals at all international airports by the end of June 2020. The Brisbane Airport will be the next to deploy them.

He hopes that 90% of international travelers will be treated according to automated solutions by the end of 2020.

A biometric data entry exercise using the new smart gates also took place at the Sydney International Airport.

Sydney Airport is also currently running its ownbiometric test "sofa to door" with some international passengers from Qantas.