The Australian Government today announced the roll out of new SmartGates to provide stronger security measures at Australia’s international airports.
Ninety two new SmartGates will be installed at the nation’s eight international airports over the next year as part of the Government’s measures to counter terrorism.
SmartGates use facial biometric technology to confirm the identity of a traveller by scanning a passport image and matching that to the person at the airport arrival or departure gate.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton today announced the awarding of an $18 million contract to Vision Box, a leading international provider of automated border systems, to supply the new SmartGates.
“The Government committed $630 million in additional funding over the next four years to boost counter terrorism measures - the new SmartGates are part of those measures,” Mr Dutton said.
“They will allow border protection officers to focus on people who pose a risk at the border, while legitimate, law abiding travellers will be processed with less manual intervention,” he said.
“Protecting Australia’s borders is a top priority for the Coalition Government. Ensuring the security and integrity of our borders is essential for the protection of the Australian community.
“We must stay ahead of the real and evolving threat of terrorism and extremism. This technology helps identify people arriving or leaving Australia who may pose a threat to our community,” Mr Dutton said.
The contract for the new SmartGates was awarded after a nine month trial of the technology at Brisbane International Airport.
The new SmartGates will now enable scanning of departing passengers complementing 63 similar gates which have been operating at international arrival terminals.
The roll out of the SmartGates will start next month and be completed at the nation’s airports around mid-2016.