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Future airport tech revealed at Changi

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Singapore’s new T4 to bring in automation technology
Changi Airport unveiled its soon-to-open Terminal 4 this week during a special media preview, highlighting how the extensive use of technology and automation will take centre stage there.
The new two-floor terminal is equipped with the end-to-end Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) for departing passengers.
This includes automated check-in kiosks, baggage drop using facial recognition and Xbox Kinect-powered 3D modelling technology, as well as immigration and boarding gates that share facial and thumbprint biometric data.
This fully automated process is expected to yield 20% manpower savings in the long term, the airport claims. The terminal also holds three rows of conventional check-in counters for airlines not yet equipped for automated check-in.
Set to receive 16 million passengers a year, T4 will have a capacity two-thirds that of Terminal 3 and will raise Changi’s total annual capacity to 82 million, says Poh Li San, vice president of T4 programme management.
Nine airlines are set to operate in T4: four under the AirAsia Group as well as Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Korean Air, Spring Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. They serve an estimated eight million passengers in Singapore each year.
Located two kilometres from the existing three terminals, the 225,000m2 T4 will be connected to Terminal 2 by shuttle buses that operate at 10-minutes intervals round the clock. T4 is expected to begin operations later this year.
TTG Asia

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