Airports around the world have areas where passengers are required to pass to identify themselves, prove travel authorization and have their luggage checked.
THE Australian Border Force, the Australian federal agency that oversees the country's borders, is taking 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 site. We are posting the news here because what is allowing this roving check are nothing less than iPhones.
To accomplish this task, a “plugged in” portable fingerprint scanner on the device, apparently through the Lightning gate, allows you to compare fingerprints of foreign travelers who have been flagged by other international airports. Verification of the data takes less than 60 seconds against several hours of the previous procedure, which also required queries on several separate systems and even phone calls!
The devices return information on passports, visas and whether the individual is on a department 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, officials said, were difficult to carry while moving around the airport. After testing during 2017 at Brisbane International Airport, the solution is now present at all ten Australian international airports.
Interestingly enough, technology has barely landed and another big biometric project could come soon: smart gates with facial biometrics on the landing marmosets.
And you, do you think this will become common in other countries?