During the Paris Air Show, a new robot is on display that has a unique purpose: scan faces, verify passports, print boarding passes, and help check-in passengers for flights. The technology already has been deployed to airports across the world, but it looks like this update takes things even further.
The ability to scan to conduct iris scans and capture face images will step up biometric security to hopefully keep passengers safe while flying.
"You would only need one agent for every four or five machines," said Pascal Zenoni, a manager at Thales, speaking during the air show. "These systems can free up staff for the police and create more space in the airport."
Complicated algorithms are being developed by computer scientists able to accurately identify citizens, even if their faces are covered. The Apex Air Entry and Exit Re-Engineering Project was tested by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, which was able to match passengers to ID photos.