'Smart gates' means smoother travel through Australian airports
Passing through customs at Australian airports is about to get a whole lot quicker and easier.
Yesterday, the Australian government announced an $18 million investment into new high-tech ‘smart gates’ at 8 major airports around the country. The synoptic gates use new ‘facial biometric technology’ designed to enable casual holiday-makers and business travelers to pass more quickly and easily through customs.
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said, “It will make it a lot easier for people as they come through the airport, a lot quicker... for the vast majority of those 35 or 50 million people who will move through our borders,” and made particular mention of people traveling for work.
Plans will begin rolling out next month and the new gates are expected to be up and running by July 2016.
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