PICA introduces facial recognition


February 17, 2016

The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will introduce a facial recognition feature in the production of passports.

Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer McDonald, said the feature was initially introduced at the 15 immigration kiosks installed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

She said a decision was subsequently taken to expand and incorporate it in the passport production process.

"One of the primary reasons for this is to reduce (the possibility of) double identity. It really serves to protect the identity of the citizen because the worst thing you want is to come to renew your passport and be told that it has been renewed already because someone stole your identity," she explained.

The project is in the final stage of implementation, and is expected to be completed by the end of the 2015/16 fiscal year in March.

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