Australia to replace passports with biometric recognition system

Australia plans to process travellers using biometric recognition of the face, iris, and fingerprints – replacing the current passport scanners and paper cards.

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection said that by 2020 it wants to have a system in place “to process 90% of travellers automatically, with no human involvement”.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the long-term vision is to “streamline the arrivals process so international passengers could literally just walk out like at a domestic airport”.

According to the report, the department wants to start piloting the technology in July at Canberra Airport.

“It would be introduced at a major airport such as Sydney or Melbourne in November, with the roll-out completed by March 2019.”

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