Recently, several private and public organizations, including SITA, Amadeus and Oosto, have voiced their opinions on how biometrics can improve air travel.
The first of them is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The company’s executive director, Rick Cotton, spoke positively about biometrics at a conference on modernizing government last week. However, the authorities do not have any new related projects.
According to a City & State article, Cotton said he sees biometrics as an advantage to get through airport “pinch points.” Identity verification vendor Clear has kiosks at New York area airports LaGuardia, Newark and Kennedy, according to the publication.
SITA hints at new digital identity, Metaverse applications
Also in the air travel industry, ID services and biometrics vendor SITA recently released the Meet the Megatrends report. This report examines 12 emerging technological, social, traveler and economic trends that are expected to have a significant impact on travel by 2033.
Among them are new automated and digital technologies that improve passenger journeys as they board planes, use flying cars, and use the Metaverse to prepare for, pay for, or endure air travel. I have an identity application. SITA says the Metaverse will be a commonplace experience for him by 2030.
lkka Kivelä, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at SITA, said:
“The climate crisis is demanding faster and decisive industry action to make travel more sustainable. We have the opportunity to transform travel with bold solutions that leverage the latest technology beyond.”
Last month, SITA also expanded its partnership with Geneva (Switzerland) Airport.
Amadeus Releases Travel Trends for 2023
A new annual trends report from travel technology company Amadeus reflects many of the SITA findings.
Research reports foresee the Metaverse becoming a medium for exploring destinations and reliving experiences after leaving.
At the same time, biometrics make it easier for travelers to pay and work better from anywhere.
Daniel Bachelor, vice president of global corporate marketing, communications and social responsibility at Amadeus, said:
“The combination of metaverse, biometrics and traveler expectations from the travel industry is rapidly changing the landscape.”
Oosto: Using facial biometrics to improve airport security
Biometric applications at airports are nothing new, but Oosto, an Israel-based facial recognition expert, has released an infographic that aptly describes the advancement of the technology.
In particular, interactive graphics refer to “one-to-one” verification applications for efficiently checking people’s facial biometrics against travel documents. Oosto says humans make the final decision, but that could change as biometric systems evolve.
Other biometric applications for airports mentioned in Oosto’s infographic relate to real-time surveillance that uses facial recognition cameras and touchless access control to identify authorized employees.
“Our new infographic demonstrates how airports are leveraging facial recognition to develop a layered approach to common physical security strategies, including protection at airport entrances, sensitive interior areas, and airport perimeters. It shows you how to create one,” wrote Dean Nicolls, chief marketing officer at Oosto.
This solution guide comes a few weeks after Oosto described semantic segmentation, which enables contextual analysis.
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