Dubai International will install an aquarium filled with virtual fish
The pioneering airport is throwing security checks out the window, in favour of fish.
Dubai International will install an aquarium filled with virtual fish that can scan passengers’ faces as they walk through the tunnel underneath.
The tunnel is on track to be opened by next summer and will replace the traditional security counters travellers use now.
Biometric data will be collected from 80 hidden cameras as passengers pass through the eye-catching pathway.
Dubai International Airport is replacing security checks with fish
Schools of fish will dart around with the intent to catch the person’s eye so that every angle of their face can be scanned by cameras.
Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri, deputy director general of Dubai residency and foreign affairs, told The National: “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 or her face print.
“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.
“There will be auditing, of course, but not through the counter.”
Dubai International Airport will implement the virtual fish aquarium in summer 2018
Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest hub for international passengers.
In 2016 the site processed 83.6 million travellers.
The tunnel will take about 15 seconds to walk through, drastically reducing wait time for travellers.
The first fish-scanning technology will be installed at Terminal 3, with other terminals to receive the aquariums by 2020.
If you want to test out the new security checks, you’ll have to be pre-registered.
Dubai International Airport will install the face-scanning fish technology in all terminals by 2020
There are 3D face-scanning kiosks at various locations throughout the airport where you can register.
It’s not the only airport trialling biometric scanning to replace security checks.
Australia is planning to pioneer a new passport-free system at its airports, involving facial recognition technology in place of document checks at border security.
It would be the first of its kind in the world – involving a contactless arrivals system which would render passports unnecessary.