Ease of facial recognition expected
Bag contract from NEC Corporation India for Varanasi, Vijayawada, Pune and Kolkata airports
NEC Corporation India, part of Tokyo-based computer and electronics company NEC Corporation, has signed contracts with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to deploy recognition-based passenger identification technology facial at four airports nationwide, in Varanasi, Vijayawada, Pune and Calcutta.
Pradeep Kushwaha, head of public security at NEC Corporation India, said The Hindu, “We won these projects from the Airport Authority of India. Varanasi Airport will be ready for passenger testing of the technology this month, while work has started at other airports and they are expected to be ready for passenger testing in three months. In Varanasi, tests are already underway with airport staff.
Facial recognition systems use computer algorithms to capture specific details of a person’s face and match them with a similar pre-recorded image in the database. When used at airports, the technology can facilitate fast, contactless boarding, baggage drop-off, security checks and lounge access. This paperless, contactless airport boarding system recognizes and tracks a passenger from arrival, through security checks and boarding to departure, according to the NEC.
“Our goal is to create technology that accurately identifies (99.99%) people and delivers services to them. We are also working with some banks to create money transfer systems that support thinner characters for bank workers, ”he added.
Facial recognition technology has evolved over the years, Kushwaha said, and can now find applications in all departments, including lounge access, immigration, law enforcement, education and online reviews, hotel booking and taxi services or supplier payments.
Remember that NEC had carried out a PoC (proof of concept) at Hyderabad airport and that similar PoCs are currently underway at Delhi and Kochi airports.
In 2019, Star Alliance chose NEC Corporation to implement facial recognition-based identification systems for all of its member airlines. Currently, Lufthansa Airlines and Swiss International Airlines are using the technology as a special feature for their frequent flyers from Munich and Frankfurt airports.