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FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE LATEST IN AIRPORT SECURITY

AIRPORT SECURITY KEEPS getting tighter in an effort to foil terrorists. Now Visionics Corp. in Metuchen, N.J., has come up with a face-recognition technology billed as a foolproof system for identifying passengers and their luggage. Called ''FaceIt,'' this combination of cameras and software is meant to ensure that only properly ticketed passengers will board the plane.

Visionics has licensed its technology to Malaysia's TL Technology Research for use in the first biometric airline passenger and baggage security system. During the boarding process, the system's video camera will automatically match a passenger's face to their picture encoded on a smart chip on the boarding pass issued at check-in. FaceIt's system also will make certain that only luggage from passengers who actually board the plane is loaded, by matching up baggage claim tickets and faces.

The first FaceIt system will be installed at Malaysia's Langkawi International Airport in July, according to TL officials. Visionics eventually plans to offer FaceIt in four other airports in the Pacific Rim.

EDITED BY CATHERINE ARNST


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