Manchester Airport in the UK is inviting passengers to participate in a new technology trial that can recognise an individual’s iris while they walk around.
Developed by Human Recognition Systems, the ‘Biometrics In Motion’ trial will last for two weeks starting from today in Terminal 1. Passengers register after check in so that their iris can be used to identify them as they enter the security search area.
The technology could have a variety of future applications to speed up the identification of passengers. Just one example might be to allow international transfer passengers to mix with domestic passengers in the departure lounge because they can be securely identified before boarding their flight.
“We are always keen to develop innovative technology solutions to improve our passengers’ experience of the airport,” says Mike Fazackerley, Manchester Airport’s product director. “People are already familiar with the concept of iris recognition. This technology has the potential for a number of uses in a busy airport environment including security because it can recognise individuals when they are moving around.
“Although it is in its very early stages of development, using this technology for transfer passengers could make Manchester more attractive to airlines as a hub airport in the future.”
The airport already uses iris recognition technology to manage staff access into sensitive areas of the airport. Immigration authorities also use it for pre-registered people arriving back into the UK.