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New passport technology on trial at Auckland Airport

Smartgate technology at Auckland International Airport. Photo / File
Smartgate technology at Auckland International Airport. Photo / File

A new high-tech passenger recognition system is being trialled at Auckland International Airport.

The SmartGate Plus uses so-called 'face-on-the-fly' technology, which photographs a person as they approach the Customs gate to create a digital image to match against their ePassport.

It is "the first single-step prototype using 3D for face recognition to be used in a live operational environment", said Customs Minister Maurice Williamson.

It is thought around 4000 eligible passengers, with NZ, Australian, US and UK ePassports, will pass through the gate each week during a three-month trial period.

Current smartgates require passengers to stand still while their photograph is taken and matched with their passport.

- APNZ

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