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January 19, 2015

Vaclav Havel Airport to be equipped with new security system

The Czech Government has given green light for the acquisition of a new security system to be deployed at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport in an effort to bolster airport security.

Prague

The Czech Government has given green light for the acquisition of a new security system to be deployed at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport in an effort to bolster airport security.

As part of the $7.8m project, the airport will also be equipped with a new facial recognition system that automatically detects passengers’ faces.

Xinhua reported that the expenses will be covered by three Czech government units, including the interior ministry, the security information service and the finance ministry.

The latest deployment comes after the existing system, aimed at delivering security to passengers and property at the airport, was found to be outdated and scarce in the face of latest trends and threats of international terrorism.

"The airport will also be equipped with a new facial recognition system that automatically detects passengers’ faces."

The new system, which is set for deployment at Prague Airport by late 2016, will also be installed later at other international airports at Brno and Karlovy Vary.

The government also approved the demand of the counter-intelligence service, or BIS, to improve powers for monitoring financial transactions and communications.

In addition, the government is planning to increase the budget for spy services, in the wake of recent terror attacks in Paris.

Earlier, the airport launched mobile phone check-in service and even tested new liquid screening process.


Image: Terminal 1 at Prague-Ruzyne Airport, the Czech Republic. Photo: courtsey of Wikipedia.

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