By Elianna Lev
The least favourite part of every traveller’s journey — waiting in lineups at the airport — may soon be a long-forgotten memory, thanks to a pilot project that’s being tested at Edmonton International Airport.
The new technology called QMS (queue management system) tracks passengers through a series of sensor-equipped, ceiling-mounted machines, as they make their way through the airport.
The machines, which are about the size of a modem, registers passengers as dots on a computer, tracking the time it takes for them to move from the check-in to the gate. If the dots are slow moving, airport staff will send out more screeners or open additional lanes to keep things in motion.
“These sensors are there to better plan and give us better data,” says Mathieu Larocque, spokesman for Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the federal agency responsible for screening passengers and luggages. “They’re helping with our management and movement of our operations. ItRead More »from Edmonton airport testing sensor tracking system to reduce lineups