Airports around the world have areas where passengers are required to pass in order to identify themselves, prove authorization to travel and have their luggage checked.
THE Australian Border Force, an Australian federal agency that oversees the country’s borders, is taking it a step further and now allows officers to verify the identity and other information of foreigners in any area of the airport. No, you are not on the wrong website. We are publishing the news here because what is allowing this itinerant verification are none other than iPhones.
To accomplish this task, a portable fingerprint scanner is “plugged” into the deviceapparently through the Lightning port, allows you to compare fingerprints of foreign travelers who have been signaled by other international airports. The verification of the data takes less than 60 seconds, against several hours of the previous procedure, which also required consultations in several separate systems and even phone calls!
The devices return information from passports, visas and whether the individual is on a department’s alert list comprising 700,000 people. It looks like an episode of “Black Mirror” with technology used for good (we hope).
This portable solution replaces biometric scanners that, according to officials, were difficult to carry while moving through the airport. After tests during 2017 at Brisbane International Airport, the solution is now present in all ten international airports in Australia.
An interesting fact is that the technology has barely landed and another major biometric project may arrive soon: smart gates with facial biometrics in the Arrivals Halls.
And do you think this will become something common in other countries?