While many cities around the world are getting ready to reopen, the spread of COVID-19 is still a major concern. Places like airports and train stations are especially dangerous due to the sheer amount of human traffic that goes through on a daily basis. Some have turned to technology to help keep travelers safe. One major airport in Texas is looking towards facial recognition.
In a bid to limit person to person contact, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston has added facial recognition technology to two gates in Terminal E. According to officials, the system will eliminate the need for airline attendants to touch boarding passes. It will also speed up the boarding process at a very busy airport. An added feature of the facial recognition tech is its ability to identify travelers even if they are wearing glasses or if their face is partially covered.
Facial Recognition Tech to be in 15 IAH Gates by October
According to the airport, the facial recognition tech will be added to three additional gates by June 30 and have 15 functional gates by October. IAH is not just relying on facial recognition to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They recently implemented things like increased cleaning, touchless kiosks, hand sanitizer stations, and crowd control sensors in and around the airport.