The Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris will soon begin testing a facial recognition system.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Paris Aéroport CEO Augustin de Romanet did not go into detail about the system, but he did bring it up in the context of improving wait times, which suggests it will be used as a means of security screening for passengers.
While some airports elsewhere in the world have looked to facial recognition primarily as a means to improve wait times and the customer experience, de Romanet also connected the Charles de Gaulle airport’s use of the technology to security concerns, noting the airport’s growing CCTV network and security patrol teams. The move comes in the wake of last autumn’s Paris terror attacks, and more recent attacks in Brussels, and may reflect a growing interest in biometric security in the European market.
De Romanet asserted that the facial recognition trial would begin next month, and given that Paris Aéroport also manages the Paris-Orly airport, it’s quite possible the technology will eventually be extended to that location as well.
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