High tech facial recognition systems will be added to public transport in Dubai as officials look to beef up their security.
Dubai already has a high end biometric system for facial recognition at the airport. But it’s now branching out into the wider public transport network.
“This technology has proven its effectiveness to identify suspicious and wanted people,” said Obaid al-Hathboor, director of Dubai’s Transport Security Department.
The move comes as Dubai prepares for an influx of visitors ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Hostage situation in Dubai
The facial recognition software was on display recently as Dubai Police staged a hostage situation. Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed was watching on and used the facial recognition software to identify the gunman in the attack.
A black ops team took on a hostage crisis simulation in a Dubai Metro cabin as Sheikh Hamdan watched on.
Security forces quickly dealt with the situation. And Sheikh Hamdan was quick to praise the UAE security sector who he described as some the “most advanced globally”.
The high-energy action all took place inside a metro station. And HH also visited the operations room, laboratory and Smart Station training facility as part of his visit.
The event was also a World Record (obvs), as it included the most transport security experts in a workshop.