Japan began testing a new biometric identification system at two airports near Tokyo, in order to speed up procedures.
Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Chiba Prefecture’s Narita airport are taking part in a trial which goes on until September 30 and will only involve Japanese nationals.
The trial is meant to determine if facial and other biometrical data stored in the passports can be accurately matched through machine-reading to biometric data collected in real time at the airport.
Airport officials will take photos and fingerprints of travellers who give their approval and compare the data to the biometric data stored in the passports.
A conclusion of the trial should be published by Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport by the end of March 2013.
Biometrics technologies are becoming more accurate, as they begin to measure not only fingerprints, but other parts of the body as well, like the face, iris, veins in the palm or even body odor.