Three new facial recognition gates were put into operation at Haneda Airport’s immigration inspection for Japanese passport holders on Wednesday.
The automated gates feature a camera that takes a picture of the passenger and compares the photo with the image on the individual’s passport. If both images match, the gates will then automatically open, Fuji TV reported.
The technology, based on biometric recognition, does not require any human involvement and takes about 10 seconds.
One traveler said, “I was uneasy at first because [the gate] is not a person and I didn’t know if it would recognize me. However, the process was surprisingly fast...and I felt it was very convenient and seamless.”
As of now, the Justice Ministry said the new gates are only being utilized for Japanese travelers upon arrival. However, plans to introduce the automated screening gates during departure are planned for the near future at Narita, Chubu and Kansai international airports, in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.© Japan Today