Travel Technology Narita Airport tests biometric boarding process By TTG Asia / Posted on 14 April, 2021 12:34 Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA) is trialling a new facial recognition technology which will allow passengers to complete check-in and boarding procedures using biometrics. The deployment of biometric technology from Amadeus and NEC Corporation since April 13 eliminates the need for passengers at Narita Airport to continually present passports and boarding passes, while reducing the need for physical interactions – a critical move to restore traveller confidence amid the pandemic. Narita Airport’s biometric check-in and bag drop area ‘FaceExpress’ where the new biometric process following IATA’s One ID standard begins Passengers check-in at one of a number of new biometric kiosks where their facial images are captured and verified against their passports. Following after, they can drop off their luggage at an auto bag drop (ABD) unit, which is embedded with a camera that automatically recognises passengers as they approach it. When passing through security and boarding, passengers’ faces are recognised when they approach Narita’s security e-gates and boarding e-gates, both equipped with cameras that automatically validate passengers’ identities and their permission to fly. The new biometric process pioneered at Narita Airport is using the IATA One ID standard. Following successful trials, it will be adopted as the new standard for all international departures. ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company, supplied the kiosks and ABD units fitted with biometric cameras and application software, that work in conjunction with NEC’s facial recognition system.