New security measures for international airports in the Czech Republic


11 August 2017

More cameras with facial recognition capabilities and a system to check license plates are among the new security measures coming to international airports in the Czech Republic. The measures were approved by the Czech Government, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry. These steps will make it easier to monitor people in an around airports, the ministry said. Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) will be equipped with another 145 face recognition cameras that can instantly compare the captured face with a database of suspects and known criminals. This system will also be complemented by another 30 surveillance cameras. There are already facial recognition cameras at the airport. The new measure will simply increase the number. The devices will be located in the transit area to guard the aircraft boarding zones, in the corridors of the airport terminals, and the connecting areas. The estimated cost of the measures and associated technology is about CZK 87 million (about EUR 3.3 million) and will be paid for by the Interior Ministry. Planned measures at other international airports include the modernisation of the camera systems with facial recognition technology. There will also be a system for recognizing car license plates to monitor cars moving around the airport.

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