Australia's Customs and Border Protection department has announced an $18 million deal with Portuguese smart-gate manufacturer Vision-Box for the installation of 92 facial recognition terminals in international airports by July 2016.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said the deployment will allow border authorities more time to properly identify suspicious people and those trying to leave the country to join overseas terrorist groups.”Young people in particular, as we've found over the last couple of months, might seek to go over to Syria or to Iraq to commit atrocious acts beyond our shores,” he said.In March, Australia announced plans for the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015. The bill seeks to expand biometric data gathering at borders to tackle threats such as Australians seeking to travel overseas to fight with terrorist organisations like Islamic State.Vision-Box's biometric SmartGates use facial recognition to give eligible travellers the option to self-process through passport control.The technology will be deployed at Sydney Airport as soon as June.”Sydney Airport has been working closely with Customs to automate processes and improve customer experience,” a spokesperson for the airport told Australian Business Traveller, and confirmed that the new SmartGate channels would appear as “a staged implementation from June 2015”.In October 2011, Morpho (Safran group) also announced a five-year agreement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to maintain the automated border clearance system. Morpho has since delivered around 61 smartgates at arrival terminals as part of a $53 million agreement with the border security agency that is due to continue out to 2019.