Dubai going to trial the use of facial recognition for ‘invisible’ airport checks

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 13 Jun 2017, 21:02:46
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Dubai going to trial the use of facial recognition for ‘invisible’ airport checks

Dubai is going to trial the use of facial recognition to identify people entering its borders in a move that could spell the end of long passport control queues, according to a global media report. 

British start-up ObjectTech is going to work with the Dubai Government to install biometric tunnels that scan people’s faces as they walk to baggage reclaim. The “biometric border” walkway takes a 3D scan of people’s faces as they enter the airport and checks it against a digital passport using facial recognition software. 

The digital passport, created for the system, contains information from the electronic chip in physical passports, as well as extra details that are available including finger prints, iris scans and facial recognition data. 

London-based ObjectTech’s digital passports use blockchain technology that means individuals can control what information is added about them and who can see it. Citizens can choose to add extra details such as financial information, addresses and location from a mobile device.

It then scans faces of people entering the airport using LIDAR technology, the same scanning system Google’s driverless cars use to see the road.

The Dubai pilot will start later in the year. 
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