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Aircraft and security. Facial recognition technologies at Singapore airport

System designed to prevent passengers from getting lost

A test for the construction of a new facial recognition system has begun. The innovative technology will be installed at Singapore-Changi Airport and it is already present in the new Terminal 4 where it is used in boarding operations. It will help to find and guide the passengers who have lost their way.

Developed over an area of 13 square kilometers, Singapore-Changi Airport is one of the most important airports in Southeast Asia and manages about 62 million travellers a year. Very often alerted by reports of lost passengers, the management has therefore decided to study the facial identification system that will be activated starting from the images provided by the airport's security cameras. The management authority is currently negotiating with four companies and wants to complete the project by 2018. There are many doubts and concerns about respect for privacy on this matter. Even if the use of this technology will be subjected to some requests for permits to the airlines operating at the airport, it is not yet clear how and for how long the data collected by the security cameras sensors can be stored or whether they can be used for commercial purposes.

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