4 MARCH 2019
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Cathay Pacific passengers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can now take part in a facial recognition self-boarding trial as part of a programme called Seamless Flow using the Vision-Box platform, aimed at enabling paperless travel.
Passengers are invited to take part in the trial after checking in and escorted to one of several special registration kiosks where passports and boarding passes are scanned and a face image is captured to generate a special token.
This allows passengers to process themselves through a boarding gate without having to show documents. At the departure gate, they use a dedicated biometric-enabled eGate, where they simply have to look at a camera that scans the face.
This live photo is then compared automatically with the scan made at the registration point. When the face is identified, the gate opens and the passenger enters the boarding system. The trial’s next phase will add passport control to the process.
The Seamless Flow programme is being run by a partnership of the Dutch government, Schiphol, Cathay Pacific, KLM and Vision-Box, whose CEO Miguel Leitmann praised the initiative.
“The whole idea of Seamless Flow is to modernise the airport landscape to improve the convenience, simplify the processes, propose modern interactions and deliver effective value to passengers,” he said.
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