Orlando International Airport first to adopt facial recognition technology at border

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Orlando International Airport has upgraded its automated passport control (APC) kiosks to include facial recognition for arriving passengers. Supplied by SITA, the technology is part of a new requirement from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This requires that APC kiosks authenticate identity by matching people’s faces to the biometric record in their e-passport.

APC kiosks have become a regular feature at US airports over the past year; SITA has installed more than 300 at 10 airports with hundreds more on order. In June, the CBP updated the requirements for APC kiosks at US borders to include facial recognition capability and, with the support of SITA, Orlando Airport is the first to put this in place.

Paul Houghton, SITA President, Americas, said, “More and more, passengers arriving in the USA have the opportunity to use automated kiosks to make their way through the customs and immigration checks. These kiosks are a welcome addition to arrival areas and have helped reduce lines by as much as 40%.

“Now, there is added security as the CBP requires facial biometrics to be matched to the e-passport being presented. Almost 500 million e-passports have been issued globally; these hold facial biometrics while some also contain fingerprints. Our SITA APC kiosks comply with all the latest requirements and help bolster more efficient security checks at the airports.”

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