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Go green, go solar: Kochi airport goes solar

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BL08_SOLAR_1388187f By NewsGram Staff Writer

Oommen Chandy, the Chief minister of Kerela inaugurated the world’s first 12 MWp solar power plant at the Cochin Airport on Tuesday.

The plant comprises 46,150 solar panels that are laid across 45 acres of land. This plant will enable Cochin airport to produce 50,000-60,000 units of solar power for its routine operations. By installing the solar plant, the airport becomes ‘absolutely power neutral’.

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) had first installed a 100 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar plant on the rooftop of the arrival terminal in March 2013. This plant, in another 25 years will eschew the carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by more than 3 lakh metric tonnes.

While the other airports are planning to go green, the Delhi airport has a 2.1-Mw solar plant and Mumbai airport has a 650-kW rooftop solar plant.

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Seattle Airport To Introduce Facial-Recognition Technology For Travellers

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) will introduce facial-recognition technology

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) will introduce facial-recognition technology for international travellers. Wikimedia Commons

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) in the US state of Washington will introduce facial-recognition technology for international travellers by the year end, a Seattle-based newspaper has reported.

Travellers of the US Delta Air Lines, Sea-Tac’s second-largest carrier, will be able to board a plane by scanning their faces at the airport to speed up the boarding process, after their faces match with their visa or passport photos stored in the database of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), The Seattle Times said.

The newspaper said Delta, which will become the first air carrier to adopt the new technology, is planning to use facial-recognition cameras to confirm international travellers’ identities at its Sea-Tac gates in late December 2019, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

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The Seattle Airport will be the first one in USA that will have a facial-recognition camera by the year end. Pixabay

Delta has installed facial-recognition cameras in six airports in the country, and insisted that the new technology was aimed to deliver better customer service “by eliminating the need to juggle luggage, passports and boarding passes.”

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The Seattle daily said a five-member commission will meet in mid-December to vote on principles concerning the use of facial recognition at Sea-Tac. (IANS)