KLM testing facial-recognition software in Schiphol
08 February 2017 16:34 GMT

Dutch airline KLM is conducting a major trial of biometric boarding in the country’s major air hub, Schiphol airport, with face recognition being used to identify passengers.

The trial, which will last a minimum of three months and will take place at a specially selected gate at the airport, will test the accuracy of the technology and the ultimate aim is to make the boarding process as quick and easy as possible. 

" The ultimate aim is to make the boarding process as quick and easy as possible for our passengers", said the airline.

Part of the airport's plans to become the “leading digital airport” by 2018, the solution requires that  passengers register first.

A special registration kiosk has been added in the waiting area near the gate, and KLM staff will be on hand to offer assistance.

The registration process involves scanning the passport, the boarding pass, and the passenger’s face. In the interest of privacy, the data will be used only for the test. Following boarding, all personal data will be erased, and all data stored in the registration kiosk will be erased after ten hours.


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