There are two time-demanding issues when managing travelers at an airport – the check in of luggage and the security gate. Concerning the latter, perhaps we will see a decrease of time elapsed in the near future. If you have ever thought about better solutions regarding the security checkpoints at the airports – then apparently you were not alone. The international airport of Dubai has come up with a high-technological way of controlling the security of their departing passengers. This new method can be explained as a tunnel which, while walking through it, will scan your face by the help of no less than 80 cameras. This tunnel is also decorated as an aquarium, thus encourages the travelers to look around and thereby increases the capability of the cameras.
When approaching this technology, which almost feels like a decent science-fiction movie, one can tell that this method indeed has the possibility to revolutionize the way of travelling by flight. Facial recognition is actually already being used in some airports around the world, but that is more like photographing the traveler, thus not improves the process as whole. If some time can be spared for the travelers by decreasing the lines of security controls can be seen as one positive feature, the fact that airports will have the possibility to re-organize their personnel and thus become more cost-effective is another.
Through a business perspective, the most important for such an installment is the fact that it eventually can replace the current security process. In my opinion, facial recognition is a substitute for showing a passport, and as long as it is working, it would probably out-compete the current way. For instance, having pictures of a person in real time instead of a quite unrecognizable 4-5 years old one, is of a great advantage, thus might improve the overall security. One problem with this is of course that every single airport will have to adopt to this technology, otherwise a traveler will have to bring the passport nevertheless. I can assume that airports will have to establish some kind of collaborations regarding such expensive (I suppose) investment, since the budget most likely differs a lot from airport to airport.
To summarize, this could be a great success in the future. According to the article, the first installment will take place during the next year already, which almost sounds too good to be true. In the beginning phase, it will most likely work as complement to the original security check, thus will take additional time. But from the security perspective, it could indeed be considered as interesting right from the start.
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