Singapore’s Changi Airport is looking at exploring technology to solve issues causing flight delays – from cutting taxiing times on the runway to quicker predictions of flight arrivals.
It comes as the island state embarks on a ‘smart nation’ initiative to utilize technology to improve lives, create economic opportunity and build community ties, stated a Reuters report.
However, the proposed use of cameras mounted on lampposts that are linked to facial recognition software has raised privacy concerns.
“We have lots of reports of lost passengers…so one possible use case we can think of is, we need to detect and find people who are on the flight. Of course, with permission from the airlines,” Steve Lee, Changi Airport Group’s Chief Information Officer was quoted by Reuters.
Lee emphasized that the the airport’s experiments are not from a “big brother” perspective but solve real problems.
Facial recognition technology typically allows users to match the faces of people picked up on cameras with those in databases.
France’s Idemia, previously known as OT-Morpho, has previously provided some facial recognition technology to Changi. Chinese firm Yitu, which recently opened its first international office in Singapore, is also in discussions with Changi Airport Group stated the report.
Yitu says its facial recognition platform is capable of identifying more than 1.8 billion faces in less than 3 seconds.