New airport technology has just been unveiled at the Paris Air Show, which shows robots replacing immigration officers in the future.
French electrical systems company Thales premiered its new equipment designed to speed up passage through airports, including much quicker identification of criminals, using biometric data.
In their vision of the future, passengers will no longer deal with......
check-in desks - an innovation already making inroads in many airports.
Taking things further, Thales has designed a machine that not only scans passports and prints boarding passes, but also records an image of the passenger's face and iris, which are then shared with computers around the airport.
The images are already in the system when the passenger arrives at the immigration desk, allowing a tall, white robot to automatically confirm the person's identity without the need for human border staff.
'You would only need one agent for every four or five machines,' said Pascal Zenoni, a Thales manager presenting the equipment at the air show.
'These systems can free up staff for the police and create more space in the airport.'
The passenger's face is also printed in encrypted form on the boarding pass so that it can be scanned by staff at the gate for a final identity check.
Thales hopes to build on its expertise as its already the maker of biometric passports and ID cards for 25 countries, including France.
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