Orlando International Airport has selected Sita to upgrade its automated passport control (APC) kiosks with facial recognition technology for arriving passengers.
This upgrade is to comply with the new regulation from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requiring APC kiosks at the US Airports to include facial recognition capability.
The new technology will enable APC kiosks to confirm identity by matching people’s faces to the biometric record in their e-passport without having the passengers to wait in line.
SITA Americas president Paul Houghton said: "More and more, passengers arriving in the USA have the opportunity to use automated kiosks to make their way through the customs and immigration checks. These kiosks are a welcome addition to arrival areas and have helped reduce lines by as much as 40%.
"Now, there is added security as the CBP requires facial biometrics to be matched to the e-passport being presented. Almost 500 million e-passports have been issued globally, these hold facial biometrics while some also contain fingerprints.
"Our SITA APC kiosks comply with all the latest requirements and help bolster more efficient security checks at the airports."
Orlando Airport is the first airport to comply with the new regulation that was updated in June by CBP.
The airport is currently undergoing a $1.3bn expansion that would replace check-in counters with smaller kiosks, add a new parking garage and a train terminal.
More than 36.4 million passengers are being served at the airport annually and the number is expected to reach 38.5 million passengers in 2016.
In the first quarter of this year, the international and domestic traffic at the airport increased by 15% and 6.7%, respectively.
Image:Orlando Airport is the first US airport to comply with the new regulation. Photo: © SITA 2015.