Passengers and travellers at Dubai International Airport will not have to deal with the usual security counters and gates anymore when they walk through a virtual aquarium tunnel that will scan their faces instead.
The hidden cameras in the tunnel will scan faces or the iris of the eye, whilst the person is travelling through the tunnel. The tunnel will have 80 hidden cameras in every corner and High-quality images of an aquarium for the passengers to look at as they go through.
The display of the tunnel can be changed to other settings, such as the dessert or adverts. Before the passenger steps out of the security tunnel, they will either see a green message or a red sign. “Have a nice trip” will be written in green or, the red sign will be a warning to alert the operations room that this passenger is wanted.
This is one of the many new security measures taken by the Dubai aviation team. The first of these security tunnels will be ready to use at Terminal 3 of the airport by the end of summer 2018. The tunnels will be brought out in phases until 2020 at other terminals
of the airport.
Passengers can register their face scans at various parts of the airport. “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,” said Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs.
General Civil Aviation figures show that more than 124 million passengers are expected to pass through all Dubai airports by 2020 so “we had to come up with more ways to co-op with the increase. Right now, we have 80 million,” the Maj Gen said.