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German airport begins biometric checking

Lufthansa chooses iris scanning over other options. A test of an iris-scanning system has begun at the Frankfurt airport as part of a project involving 18 European countries. Airline passengers will be required to stand in front of an identification device whose cameras will automatically capture images of their iris patterns, companies participating in the trial said on Friday. The iris systems – seven of which have been installed at the airport – will then identify the passenger’s iris and match that information with the passport data captured by a scanner. If successful, the iris system could replace conventional systems for checking identity at airport immigration counters. Initially, residents of European Union countries and Switzerland who fly frequently with Lufthansa will be able to take part in the trial at the main Frankfurt airport, after getting their iris data registered. Full-scale service will be launched after the six-month trial, according to Byometric Systems and Oki Electric Industry, companies implementing the project. Full Story

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