Over the years, Dubai has evolved as one of the most innovative and creative cities around the world. When it comes to technology, the city is also not behind as it is home to some of the eccentric technologies. The latest move might tempt you to call it as the best one yet. Immigration counters are pretty much a norm at all the air terminals around the world. However, Dubai International Airport is going to replace the immigration counters with ‘virtual aquarium tunnel’ which will in turn help in verifying the identities of the passengers.
What The ‘Fish’?
It has been learnt that the commuters will now be required to walk through a ‘virtual aquarium tunnel’ which will be surrounded with 80 hidden cameras that produce high-quality images.
As a result, travelers will no longer have to stand and wait for their turn in the long queues or security kiosks. Instead, they will be asked to walk in a tunnel and their identities will be verified automatically.
The Deputy Director General of Dubai Residency and Foreign Affaris, Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri said in a statement:
“The fish is a sort of entertainment and something new for the traveler but, at the end of the day, it attracts the vision of the travelers to different corners in the tunnel for the cameras to capture his/her face print.”
As soon as commuters reach towards the end of the tunnel, a high-tech and advanced biometric system will be matches to their digital profile.
As per the report, whosoever will pass the test, a green light will flash along with a message ‘Have a nice trip’. However, if anyone fails to pass the test then a red light will flash and a passenger will have to go through some more security checks.
Major Gen Obaid Al Hameeri further added:
“And throughout the tunnel, the passenger does not feel anything, they pass through normally.”
When is it going to be operational?
It has been anticipated that the plan will enter in a beta phase late next year at the Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport. On the other hand, the technology is tipped to be used by year 2020 in all terminals.
It is pertinent to mention that passengers will be required to walk through 3D face-scanning kiosks to pre-register themselves before going through the virtual aquarium tunnel.