Dubai is introducing a facial recognition system on its public transport to amp up security, as it prepares to host the global expo exhibition.

This is in line with the emirate’s ambitions of becoming a leading “smart city” in the middle east, with regards to technology and artificial intelligence. Both these sectors will majorly be exhibited at the Dubai Expo 2021.

The six-month event was delayed by one year due to coronavirus, and is now set to open in October 2021.

“We aspire to raise our performance by building on our current capabilities, to ensure a high level of security in metro stations and other transport sectors,” said Obaid Al-Hathboor, director of Dubai’s Transport Security Department.

The facial recognition technology will be rolled out in the coming months in all metro stations.

Dubai already operates a biometric system using facial recognition at its international airport.