Published on : Saturday, June 1, 2019
NEC Corp. claims that it will help passengers to board planes faster without having to present passports or boarding passes. It gave a demonstration of its facial recognition system at its headquarters in Tokyo.
NEC showed how the system streamlined the boarding procedure. First, at the self check-in machine, passenger consent is obtained. Then their passport will be scanned and a barcode on their smartphone screen will provide the flight details. A camera will capture their facial image during the process. The data will be linked together and stored in an authentication system.
Those who wish to use the conventional procedure will still be able to choose to do so, according to NEC.
The biometric screening system One ID, which will cover Japanese and non-Japanese passengers, will be introduced in spring 2020 for flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.
The government is aiming to increase the number of foreign visitors per year to 40 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2030, from a record-high of 31.19 million in 2018.
The airport’s operator, Narita International Airport Corp., views enhancing operational efficiency as one of its primary challenges.
NEC intends to expand the use of its facial recognition technology to operations such as commuter pass purchases, and shopping at duty-free shops with the aim of eliminating the onerous tax exemption procedures.