After an initial trial period, the first phase of facial recognition deployment has kicked off at Abu Dhabi airport.

Although not completely phased out, passports are increasingly becoming a back-up means of identity proof. The proficiency of this high-tech, rolled out across most international airports, omits manual security checks.

NEXT50, an AI tech company based in Abu Dhabi, is one of the system contractors partnering with IDEMIA, a leader in intelligent identity technologies to refit self-service baggage touchpoints and border control e-gates.

Ibrahim Al Mannaee, CEO of NEXT50 said: “Once the project is fully realised, the airport will be the only airport in the region with biometric solutions implemented across all customer touchpoints, contributing to Abu Dhabi Airport’s vision to become the operator of the most technology-driven airport in the world, providing a seamless journey to all its passengers. We are proud to be joining forces with IDEMIA and SITA and offering our expertise in artificial intelligence and data sciences to make this initiative a reality”.