Robots To Replace Border Police In France

In order to help speed up travelers’ passage through airports, a French electrical systems company have come up with robots that could soon replace border police.

The new airport technologies were unveiled at the International Paris Air Show this week and promised to replace immigration officers with the new robotics technology and a faster check-in solution which can identify criminals using biometric data.

Passengers won’t have to deal with check-in desks, as the French electrical systems company Thales want their machines to scan passports and print boarding passes. The technology, which is already in place at many airports, is taken further…..

The tall, white robots will also record an image of the passenger’s face and of their irises. The biometrics will be used to confirm the passenger’s identity and then shared with computers around the airport. An encrypted image of the person’s face would also be printed on boarding passes to enhance safety.

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In their vision of the future, passengers will no longer deal with check-in desks — an innovation already making inroads in many airports.

To take that even 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,” he added.

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 the maker of biometric passports and ID cards for 25 countries, including France.

Perhaps robots will be drafted in at French airports where the border police have been criticized for not being polite enough.