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Canada starts to roll out biometric kiosks in airports

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Three of Canada’s major airports, Montreal-Trudeau International, Calgary International, and Toronto’s Pearson International, will be getting biometrics-ready kiosks provided by Switzerland-based aviation IT firm SITA.

According to a press release, some of the seven hundred boarding and checking kiosks will have biometric scanning features but it is not clear how many will have contactless biometric features.

The last of the kiosks will be installed in early 2023. The company confirmed the kiosks have text-to-speech hardware.

It is not surprising that Montreal-Trudeau International is one of the airports that will have the kiosks. In 2019, SITA said it wanted to make the city its global center of excellence, and welcomed product managers, developers and experts in data science.

In June, the head of Pearson International Deborah Flint called for the use of biometrics to speed up the processing of travelers.

SITA announced that there are 87 of its biometric kiosks at Frankfurt Airport in Germany.

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