Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has launched a three-month initiative alongside KLM, in which it is testing facial recognition technology to expedite the passenger boarding process. The goal is to enable travellers to board quickly and easily without showing their boarding pass or passport.
A dedicated kiosk was made available for passengers to register for the trial at a specially-selected gate, by scanning their passport and boarding pass, as well as enrolling their face image. This allows them to go through a biometric eGate by simply looking at a camera.
Schiphol has been working together with Vision-Box in the scope of the recently-announced framework agreement, developing innovations and creating smart ways of improving ease of travel, speed, and airport processes. Schiphol aims to become “Leading Digital Airport” in 2018, and it is expected that after the trial biometric boarding will roll out to more boarding gates at the airport.