Passport checkpoints at Australian airports may eventually resemble something from a top-secret bunker – or at least the Hollywood version of same – with eye-scanning screens and voiceprint identification.
The federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is putting together a new 'biometrics advisory panel' which will investigate "other biometric technologies" beyond the current facial recognition, according to a DFAT request for tender made public this week.
On the new tech list are "additional biometrics such as voice", the tender document reveals.
Companies looking to get a piece of the biometric action must have expertise in facial, fingerprint, iris or voice biometrics or signature-reading technology, according to the tender specs, as well as being able to provide equipment such as fingerprint scanners, iris scanners and voice acquisition devices.
All current Australian passports rely on facial recognition technology, with a digital copy of the photo stored in the passport's smartchip and matched against another which is stored in an Australian passport database.
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