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Australia gets mobile boarding passes as part of 'seamless travel' automation play

ZDNet

The federal government has announced the next phase of its airport automation plan, with international travellers departing Australia now able to check-in via smartphone. The initiative, available from Monday, will see airlines issue electronic boarding passes for international flights. Travellers using the digital option won't need to visit the check-in desk to show their passport, and they will be able to show their boarding pass on a mobile device instead of using a paper boarding pass, still following the normal border clearance path at the airport. "Last financial year more than 21.4 million travellers were cleared through the border departing Australian international airports. This number will continue to rise," Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said in a statement.


Qantas passengers to trial facial recognition tech at Sydney Airport

ZDNet

Some passengers travelling internationally via Qantas will be trialling biometric technology at Sydney Airport, with the first stage using facial recognition for them to complete automated flight check-in and bag drop, gain access to the lounge, and board the plane itself. Additional steps proposed for future trials include mobile check-in and automated border processing, allowing passengers to use their face as their access identification. As the launch partner for the trial, Qantas worked with the airport "from the outset", with Qantas chief customer officer Vanessa Hudson noting the airline is focused on increasing the use of technology to drive innovation for customers. "There is an increasing need for airlines and airports to offer faster and more convenient airport experiences and we're excited to see what results the trial produces," she added. Sydney Airport said consent is actively sought from all passengers and the "strictest level of privacy" is adhered to on behalf of those participating in the trial.


Legislation for Australian automated facial recognition enters Parliament

ZDNet

The Australian government has introduced a pair of Bills into the House of Representatives on Wednesday that would allow for the creation of a system to match photos against identities of citizens stored in various federal and state agencies.


Facial Recognition Software: The Future Is Here

#artificialintelligence

A year ago, when Apple rolled out the iPhone X, one of their most touted features was facial ID. You no longer needed to press a home button or use a passcode. You could unlock your phone with your face. It was the first time I'd really seen facial recognition software being practically used. You probably use something every day with facial recognition software even if you don't realize it--I'm looking at you Snapchat and Instagram face filters.


Facial Recognition Software: The Future Is Here

#artificialintelligence

A year ago, when Apple rolled out the iPhone X, one of their most touted features was facial ID. You no longer needed to press a home button or use a passcode. You could unlock your phone with your face. It was the first time I'd really seen facial recognition software being practically used. You probably use something every day with facial recognition software even if you don't realize it--I'm looking at you Snapchat and Instagram face filters.