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Cozumel to be first ferry terminal in Mexico with cutting edge facial biometric cameras

Cozumel, Q.R. — Cozumel will be the first ferry terminal in the country to have cutting-edge technology. New cameras being installed will have facial biometric comparison technology, similar to that used in the main ports of the United States and Europe.

In order for the maritime and ferry terminals of Quintana Roo to be the most safe in the country, the state government, through the Comprehensive Port Administration (APIQROO), developed three actions to guarantee the protection of travelers.

One of those actions was to strengthen coordination with federal, state, municipal authorities, concessionaires, service providers, ferry companies and the Navy, Governor Mara Lezama said.

Accompanied by the General Director of APIQROO, Vagner Elbiorn Vega, Governor  Lezama explained likewise, technological equipment and video surveillance will be reinforced so the terminals are equipped with security arches and state-of-the-art closed circuit television, monitored all year round, 24 hours a day.

Thirdly, she reported, the staff in charge of ensuring a smooth and safe operation has been increased.

“We will have more cameras with facial biometric comparison technology. Cozumel will be the first port in Mexico with this type of cutting-edge technology.

“A video surveillance and cybersecurity system that is used in the main ports of the United States effectively on cruise ships in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, California, Washington, Louisiana, Alabama, Puerto Rico, Maryland and Europe, in ports in Spain, Barcelona, Valencia, Mallorca, Bilbao,” she said.

At the moment, the Cozumel ferry terminal has metal detector arches with X-ray machines for security. Photo: CGC May 27, 2024.

The Governor said that at the San Miguel dock, there are currently security filters equipped with metal detectors and X-ray machines and military personnel. Lezama did not say when the new cutting-edge cameras will be installed at the Cozumel ferry terminal.