November 2 2018  |  Airlines & Airports

Carrasco is first airport in Latin America to introduce face recognition at boarding gates

By Hibah Noor

Carrasco Airport has extended its face recognition system to the boarding gates, in a first for a Latin American airport.

The means that passengers do not need to show their documentation before boarding their plane.

Thanks to the new gate system, the whole airport features facial biometric technology, from immigration to boarding.

The new technology was presented at an event attended by national authorities and the airport operator.

Initially, the system will cover Latam Airlines flights, but it will subsequently be extended to the rest.

Carrasco is the first biometric airport of Corporación América, which operates 52 air terminals across the world.

The new technology improves security, reduces waiting times and simplifies the identification processes required for each passenger, according to the operator.

Diego Arrosa, CEO of Corporación América, said: "We seek to transform Carrasco Airport into a beacon of innovation in Latin America. That is why we have signed agreements with the main technology suppliers, and this is possible thanks to the high quality of workmanship that Uruguay has."

The initiative is part of Easy Airport, the technological development plan implemented by the airport in conjunction with the Ministry of National Defense, with the aim of achieving total automation of the terminal.

Arrosa said that when all phases of the Easy Airport program are completed, Carrasco Airport will be one of the most advanced terminals in the region in the use of self-service technology and biometrics to manage passenger flows.

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