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Australia adds photo-matching to anti-terror arsenal

Australia began Wednesday using the world’s first electronic photo-matching technology as part of its anti-terrorism arsenal, to quickly match faces to passports at its airports. Currently the SmartGate system is being used to process enrolled aircrew from the country’s flagship carrier Qantas at Sydney’s airport, but it will eventually be expanded into general use to nab people traveling with false identification. In launching the high-tech system, Customs Minister Chris Ellison said international airlines leaving Sydney, as well as other Australian airports, would be equipped with SmartGate kiosks in the next two years. “False travel documents are increasingly being used by criminals, terrorists and illegal entrants,” Ellison said. “Security at Australia’s borders is therefore a continuing priority and the introduction of the SmartGate system is another element in ensuring the safety of Australians and Australia.” Full Story

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