New Facial Recognition Border Gates at Birmingham Airport

4 March 2010 (Last Updated March 4th, 2010 18:30)

Birmingham International Airport in the UK has installed five new facial recognition border gates to screen its passengers. The new gates will measure points on a passenger's face and compare them to the digital photograph inside the passport, according to birminghammail.net.

Birmingham International Airport in the UK has installed five new facial recognition border gates to screen its passengers.

The new gates will measure points on a passenger's face and compare them to the digital photograph inside the passport, according to birminghammail.net.

The details on the chip will be opened and sent to a border officer at the exit gate, who will then verify the details against security watch-lists.

The new electronic border gates will complement conventional border gates, and will only be used for European biometric passport holders over the age of 18.

The system takes an average of 20 to 25 seconds per person to clear the gates.

The UK Government has installed the technology at eight other UK airports at a cost of £1.2bn (US$1bn).