Japan on Monday began testing unmanned passport control gates using facial recognition technology in its airports.
The Ministry of Justice says that the gates can take a photograph of a face and compare it to a passport photograph to ascertain whether or not it is the same individual within 15 seconds.
The ministry says the technology is currently being improved to recognize faces with greater accuracy, with the eventual aim of rolling out the technology nationwide, TV Asahi reported. It is claimed that the technology has been developed with the aim of speeding up the passport control process.
The machines are currently being tested at Narita and Haneda Airports on Japanese nationals who hold passports containing IC chips, in an attempt to ascertain whether or not the machine can recognize vacationers who return to Japan with suntanned skin.© Japan Today