In order to increase security and efficiency of processing passengers at Dubai International Airport, officials plan to install a tunnel fitted with 80 facial recognition and iris scanning cameras according to reports. The walls of the tunnels will be able to display images of virtual aquariums, landscapes or advertising and as passengers pass through the tunnels and study the images, the facial recognition scanners will be analysing their features.
The tunnels will replace security kiosks or e-gates in order to speed up security procedures.
"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." Foreign affairs chief Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri told The National. "We have been working for about four years to transform the procedure from the traditional counter and in the future we will not need the counter at all.
According to the General Civil Aviation, the number of international travellers passing through Dubai is expected to reach 124 million by 2020.
On reaching the end of the runnel passengers will be directed to continue or step aside for further security checks, passengers would need to register first to walk through the tunnel.
The first "biometric borders" are due to be up and running in terminal 3 by the end of 2018 and will launch in the other terminals by 2020.
Top image: Georgia Aquarium