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SmartGates to be Expanded into Airport Departures

Monday, 08 Sep 2014

Australian airports to share 62 new terminals.

Travellers will be able to use electronic immigration processing gates when departing the country by the middle of next year, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced this morning.

Currently, Australian, New Zealand, US, UK and Singapore passport holders are able to access the electronic gates upon arrival in Australia, using any one of the 61 Morpho-manufactured terminals in operation across the country’s eight international airports.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is looking to double this fleet by rolling out another 62 smartgates specifically for departures, which it anticipates will be completed by mid-2015.

The gates use facial recognition technology to match a live photograph of the traveller to the image stored on a chip in their passport.

Morrison said the allocation of the gates “will be based on traveller volumes and the identification of areas of risk”.

The new terminals will be funded from within the $600 million in additional money allocated to combating international terrorism announced in August.

Read the full article by itnews at: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391769,smartgates-to-be-expanded-into-airport-departures.aspx#ixzz3ChTMpUBj