Facial recognition system unveiled for Japanese passport control at Narita airport near Tokyo

The Japan Times

The unmanned gates, which will debut in full Monday, will automate passport control for Japanese passengers. Images of passengers' faces will be taken in front of the gates and compared with passport data to confirm their identities. Thirty-one units will be installed at the airport's three terminals this month. The gates will also be introduced at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya, Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture and Fukuoka Airport. The gates have been tested at Haneda airport since October.

DHS will use facial recognition to scan travelers at the border


Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a notice, saying it was looking for a facial recognition system that could work with images taken of people inside their cars. The idea was that such a system could be used to scan people entering and leaving the country through the US/Mexico border and match them to government documents like passports and visas. Now, The Verge reports that DHS will be launching a test of a system aiming to do just that. The Vehicle Face System, as it's called, is scheduled for an initial deployment in August and it will be installed at the Anzalduas border crossing. The test will take place over one year and will aim to take images of passengers in every car that enters or leaves the US through the crossing.

'A wake-up call': Artificial intelligence boost for Sydney's new airport


Biometrics and artificial intelligence will be harnessed to make the new Western Sydney Airport the country's "first digital airport" and challenge Sydney Airport's near-monopoly, the chairman of the corporation overseeing the $5.3 billion project says. Paul O'Sullivan, the head of WSA Co and a former chief executive of Optus, said the use of advanced technologies at the curfew-free airport would cut processing times for passengers significantly and the length of time it took to turnaround aircraft at terminal gates. "You're going to see a real wake-up call for the incumbent airport in Sydney. We can streamline the flow of this airport in a way a legacy airport will have to spend a fortune to retrofit," he said. "Digital technology will ensure the airport not only offers a better airline and passenger experience, but that we can get the economics right so that we can make it cost effective for airlines."

Southwest hero pilots reveal they 'pushed fear' away in landing plane

FOX News

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults, who was previously a Navy fighter pilot, had to make an emergency landing after an engine explosion; Linda Maloney, a friend and former combat pilot, shares details on'The Story.' Captain Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor revealed they "pushed fear" away in landing fatal flight 1380 in their first public interview since the harrowing April 17 incident that left one passenger dead. On May 11, the pair's appearance on ABC's "20/20" aired, in which they revealed new details from the cockpit during the tragic flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas' Love Field. Forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after an engine exploded mid-air, Shults and Ellisor had to act quickly to save the 149 people on board, People reports. "My first thoughts were actually, 'Oh, here we go' -- just because it seemed like a flashback to some of the Navy flying that we had done," 56-year-old Navy veteran Shults recalled. "But really, Darren is just very easy to communicate with and we had to use hand signals because it was loud and it was just hard to communicate for a lot of different reasons."

Alphabet, Intel, FedEx, AT&T Among Drone Pilot Winners: Universities

U.S. News

A Memphis Airport Authority official told Reuters that it had also been picked and that FedEx Corp is a partner that will use drones for inspection of aircraft at its hub in Tennessee as well as parts deliveries for aircraft and some package deliveries between the airport and other Memphis locations. Another partner is General Electric Co, Memphis said.

Airbus Aerial Provides a Whole New View of the World


You may know Airbus as that Boeing competitor that also makes planes, but the European company is in fact an defense and aerospace giant that makes helicopters, satellites, and drones, and now it's using its aircraft not just to move people, but to give those on the ground a whole new view from the skies. A year-old effort called Airbus Aerial will seek to serve climate modelers, farmers, city planners, engineers, first responders, and anybody else who needs a a particular view of the world. The company combines data from observation satellites (of which Airbus is the largest global operator), manned planes with cameras slung underneath, and drones, to get to the places others can't reach. Airbus Aerial packages it all up, and presents it neatly to the customer, via a cloud-based interface. "It's a very complex thing to just say'I need satellite data'," says Jesse Kallman, president of the company.

Singapore's Changi airport may use facial recognition systems to find late passengers


Ever been delayed on a flight because of straggling fellow passengers? That might be an annoyance of the past at Singapore's Changi airport which is testing facial recognition systems that could, in future, help locate lost travellers or those spending a little too much time in the duty-free shops. Changi Airport, ranked the world's best for six years straight in a survey by air travel consultancy Skytrax, is looking at how it can use the latest technologies to solve many problems - from cutting taxiing times on the runway to quicker predictions of flight arrivals. It comes as the island state embarks on a'smart nation' initiative to utilize technology to improve lives, create economic opportunity and build community ties. However the proposed use of cameras mounted on lampposts that are linked to facial recognition software has raised privacy concerns.

Huawei brings smart airport ICT solutions


Dhaka, April 15 (UNB)- Huawei, world's leading ICT solutions provider, has recently showcased its smart airport ICT solutions under the theme of "Leading New ICT, The Road to Digital Aviation" at the Passenger Terminal EXPO 2018. More than 7,000 delegates and 225 exhibitors represented the worldwide aviation ecosystem in the exhibition to discuss the latest developments and innovations. Yuan Xilin, President of the Transportation Sector of Huawei Enterprise BG, said in Huawei Global Aviation Summit 2018, "The concept of a smart airport is now becoming a reality around the world as airports adopt innovative ICT which enables digital and visualized flight services, passenger services, and airport operations." "Huawei's solution is based on new ICT such as cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud-pipe-device collaboration that help to build future-oriented smart airports", he said. "We aim to bring significant benefits to customers in terms of safety assurance, airport operational efficiency and service quality by creating the best-in-class travel experience for global passengers", he added.

Japan to screen departing foreign flyers with facial recognition tech to shorten arrival process

The Japan Times

Facial recognition technology will be deployed at major airports in fiscal 2019 to screen foreign visitors as they leave Japan, a Justice Ministry official said Monday. Similar gates are being used at Tokyo's Haneda airport to screen returning Japanese, but the new plan will allow the Immigration Bureau to allocate more human resources to the processing of foreign arrivals, shortening waiting times, the official said. They also said it would allow more immigration staff to be tasked with counterterrorism duties ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The gates scan faces and compare the images with the photographic data encrypted on microchips in passports. The gates automatically open if the computer verifies a match.

World's first Hyperloop system could be in Abu Dhabi by 2020

Daily Mail

The world's first commercial Hyperloop will be running in Abu Dhabi by 2020 and could hurtle passengers around at speeds of up to 760mph (1,200 kmh). The track - which will be around six miles (10km) long - will be close to Al Maktoum International Airport on the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The plan is to have the first section of the track ready for Expo 2020 - which is being held in Dubai - with plans to eventually extend the network to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, nearly 621 miles (1,000km) away. The world's first commercial Hyperloop will be running in Abu Dhabi by 2020 and could hurtle passengers around at speeds of up to 760mph (1,200 kmh) (concept image) Hilarious moment puppy doesn't want to walk anymore Coronation Street's Rana and Kate caught naked in bed by parents Hilarious moment Billie's daughter Nelly claims she is constipated The track - which will be around six miles (10km) long - will be close to Al Maktoum International Airport on the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (concept image). Culver City-based company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) says the super-fast system could also be used to carry cargo from the country's ports and harbours.