Posted: June 19, 2015 Filed under: Robotics | Tags: 2010 FIFA World Cup, Agence France-Presse, Air show, Boarding pass, Federal Bureau of Investigation, France, Identity document, Safran, Thales
French company Thales promises robots to replace immigration officers
French electrical systems company Thales premiered its new equipment designed to speed up passage through airports.
In their vision of the future, passengers will no longer deal with check-in desks — an innovation already making inroads in many airports.
A woman tests the new technology. Photo: AFP
To take that even further, Thales has designed a machine that not only scans passports and prints boarding passes, but also records an image of the passenger’s face and iris, which are then shared with computers around the airport.
The images are already in the system when the passenger arrives at the immigration desk, allowing a tall, white robot to
automatically confirm the person’s identity without the need for human border staff.
“You would only need one agent for every four or five machines,” said Pascal Zenoni, a Thales manager presenting the equipment at the air show.
“These systems can free up staff for the police and create more space in the airport,” he added.
The passenger’s face is also printed in encrypted form on the boarding pass so that it can be scanned by staff at the gate for a final identity check.
Thales hopes to build on its expertise as the maker of biometric passports and ID cards for 25 countries, including France.
Perhaps robots will be drafted in at French airports where the border police have been criticized for not being polite enough.
(A woman tests the new technology. Photo: AFP)
Last week the French foreign minister unveiled a new campaign aimed at making France more polite for visitors. It includes one measure that will force border police to say “Hello, “thank you” and “goodbye” to every passenger as they check their passport.
Meanwhile, in another air show stand, competitors Safran discussed their new systems for coping with the giant amount of data being collected on passengers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 21, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Entertainment, U.S. News | Tags: 2010 FIFA World Cup, California, Hope Solo, Jerramy Stevens, Manhattan Beach, National Women's Soccer League, Seattle, Seattle Seahawks, United States Soccer Federation, United States women's national soccer team
U.S. women’s national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended for 30 days and will not participate in matches during the team’s Europe trip next month.
The suspension comes after the arrest of her husband, Jeremy Stevens, earlier this week on suspicion of driving under the influence. U.S. Soccer did not specify the reason for the suspension.
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Solo was in the car when the former Seattle Seahawks tight end was pulled over in Manhattan Beach, California early Monday morning for driving without headlights on. Solo was not arrested or detained.
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The 33-year-old goalkeeper was in Southern California for training camp with the U.S. national team, which is preparing to play in the World Cup starting in June.
“During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
Solo, who has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. team, was released from camp. Read the rest of this entry »