Chinese search giant Baidu has signed a strategic partnership with Beijing Capital International Airport, the world’s second largest airport by passengers, to provide smart and automated management solutions to the latter.

Under the deal, Baidu is now running tests of its AI-based facial recognition solutions at the control centers of the airport, mainly for staff admission and data monitoring. This means the testing is only being used for the ground crew. But if everything goes well, it is highly possible that Baidu’s facial recognition technology would go further for support boarding passes, baggage claim or other scenarios of passenger ID verification.

In recent years, Baidu has taken AI as its strategic focus, of which facial recognition is a major unit. Its technology is being applied in several physical deployments from verifying visitor’s identities in Chinese tourist spot of Wuzhen to facilitating checking in and boarding processes for travelers at Nanyang Jiangying Airport of Henan Province.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.