UAE – The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi reports that in the coming years those arriving at Dubai airport can expect “a 100 per cent virtual border where human contact is absent”.
The real implementation challenge isn’t tech but working out how, at a time of heightening threats, these developments can be integrated into the UAE’s broader security strategies.
Many countries are racing towards the contactless virtual border of the future. Australia is set to begin technology trials in Canberra airport in the next few years. One Chinese airline has already replaced boarding passes with facial recognition measures. These new technologies make sense given they can confirm identity with greater accuracy than any human.
Dubai airport is no stranger to innovation, it has been a consistent early adopter of new technologies like e-gates. Unsurprisingly then, there is likely to be little resistance to technology driven changes.