Dubai Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, has introduced another addition from the world of science fiction, which is the iris scanner that verifies one’s identity and eliminates the need for any human interaction when entering or leaving the country.
This is a program Artificial intelligence The latest launched by the UAE amidst the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Dubai Airport, the main transport hub between East and West, began offering the program to all passengers last month.
And airports around the world in recent years have accelerated their use of time-saving face recognition technology.
But the UAE authorities said: The iris scanning at Dubai Airport is improving through automated gates, as it links the iris data to the country’s facial recognition databases so that the passenger does not need identification documents or a boarding pass.
The authorities added: The unusual partnership between Emirates Airlines and the Dubai immigration office integrates data and brings passengers onto the plane quickly.
Major General (Obaid Mehayer Bin Suroor), Deputy Director of the General Administration of Residency and Foreign Affairs, said: The future is coming, and now all procedures are smart, and it takes about five to six seconds.
According to Emirates ‘biometric privacy statement, the airline associates passengers’ faces with other personally identifiable data, including passport and flight information, and maintains it for as long as it is reasonably necessary for the purposes for which it was collected.
Bin Suroor stressed that the immigration office in Dubai fully protects the personal data of travelers so that no external party can see it.
Iris scans, which require people to stare at a camera, have become more common around the world in recent years as questions have been raised about the accuracy of facial recognition technology.
Iris biometrics are considered more reliable than surveillance cameras that scan people’s faces from a distance without their knowledge or consent.
And Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Ruler of Dubai, announced last month that the country is starting experiments on the new facial recognition technology to reduce paperwork in some private sector services.
During the epidemic, Dubai city developed a set of technological tools to combat the virus in shopping centers and streets, including disinfectant fogs, thermal cameras, face wipes that check the presence of masks and measure temperatures.
The software uses cameras that can record and download people’s data, which could feed the information into the city’s wider biometric databases.