in brief The portion of Aussie travellers using the Federal Government's SmartGate technology when they arrive at Sydney International Airport has jumped from 32 to 50 per cent in its first 16 months of operation.
SmartGate kiosks at Sydney International Airport (Credit: Customs)
Since the facial-recognition biometrics technology went live in July 2009, more than 2.7 million passengers have used it in Australia and New Zealand, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said in a statement.
"Each month an average 57,000 people use SmartGate at Sydney International Airport and with traveller numbers set to increase at the airport, this provides a fast-track for busy travellers," he said.
The Federal Government has just added an additional four SmartGate kiosks and an extra gate to Sydney International Airport to cope with the increasing numbers of travellers coming back to Australia.