Auckland Airport deploys new scanners as part of transition to biometric screening

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Auckland Airport has 12 new electronic gates which were developed with Vision-Box, based in Lisbon. Photo / Supplied

Auckland Airport has installed new scanning equipment that increases the capacity to handle international departures by a factor of five.

Twelve new automated pre-security gates scan boarding passes to grant passengers security zones rather than having them checked manually.

The new equipment is part of an evolution towards more automation of the international terminal where up to 7,000 people can be processed every hour.

Auckland Airport Chief Operating Officer Anna Cassels-Brown said the technological transformation could potentially include biometric authentication to enable smooth journeys from check-in to boarding the plane.

“Where possible, we see automation as a key way to improve the airport system by being more accurate, reliable and faster.

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She said the basic requirements of handling passengers are not going to change.

“We still need the check-in, baggage drop-off, customs and security check. But what technology can do is allow us to connect the process and streamline information behind the scenes, helping to make the experience as seamless as possible. ”

The new scanners were developed with Vision-Box, a multinational technology company headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal.

Vision-Box announced in October its intention to introduce facial recognition screening at New York’s JFK Airport, which could result in boarding planes with up to 500 passengers in less than 20 minutes.

Cassels-Brown told Auckland that phase two of Vision-Box’s “Orchestra” software will be rolled out in 2020.

This second step will integrate the pre-security gates with real-time flight information from the airport operating system; enable multiple boarding pass processes for the benefit of families; provide real-time reports for airlines and ground agents; and integrates with the airport access control system for staff identity validation.

Auckland Airport has 12 new electronic gates that will digitize boarding passes.  Photo / Supplied
Auckland Airport has 12 new electronic gates that will digitize boarding passes. Photo / Supplied

The airport handles around 10.3 million international passengers per year, an increase of 1.7% from the last 12-month period to September.

Next Monday, work on a second Park & ​​Ride project will begin, this one on Puhinui Rd with 3,200 parking lots to be added to the 4,300 parking lots of the existing facility.

This new development aims to facilitate travel for travelers from the south who would otherwise now have to cross the airport area to get to Park & ​​Ride North.

Park & ​​Ride South is scheduled to open in December of next year.


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