No more waiting at immigration – Dubai Airport to install face recognition virtual aquariums that you can just walk through

Dubai Airport intends to make the process of departing much easier as plans have been revealed to replace a traditional security clearance counter with a virtual aquarium tunnel fitted with hidden cameras that will be able to scan faces or irises as travelers walk through. The tunnel will display high-quality images of spaces like and aquarium, desert etc., and will be equipped with 80 cameras. At the end of the tunnel, if the person has been cleared to leave they will be greeted with a green light. If the person is wanted for whatever reason, a red light will alert officials to step in.

Speaking about the aquarium images that the tunnel will probably display, Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, said, “The fish is a sort of entertainment and something new for the traveller but, at the end of the day, it attracts the vision of the travellers to different corners in the tunnel for the cameras to capture his/her face print. The virtual images are of very high quality and gives a simulation of a real-life aquarium.”

Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, will be the first to get this new technology in 2018. The tunnels will be introduced in other terminals in phases right up until 2020. Maj Gen Al Hameeri went on to say that the first phase will be at Emirates’ terminal as it already has the required infrastructure and it is also the official airline and partner.


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