Dubai International Airport in the UAE is installing AOptix automated iris and face recognition systems to reduce immigration times and ensure smooth and secure movement through the airport.
Under the first phase of deployment, Emaratech, a regional systems integrator, will deploy and integrate the automated iris and face recognition systems at 100 immigration smart counters and Smart Gates at Dubai Airport's Terminal 3.
Emaratech director general and board member Thani Alzaffin said the new system provides enhanced identity verification that offers a safe and customer-friendly travel experience.
"We will be able to dramatically reduce the time people spend going through immigration, ensuring their smooth passage through the airport," Alzaffin said.
The systems will confirm iris and face images for passengers arriving or departing through the airport terminal.
Dubai international airport is also planning to install AOptix's system at all four of its terminals, which will allow processing of 75 million passengers per year through immigration by 2014.
AOptix claims that the deployment in Dubai will be the biggest automated immigration system in the world.
The airport is planning to commence full operations of the new smart e-Gate system at Terminal 3 from 1 January 2013.
With a passenger handling capacity of 19 million a year and the capability to accommodate 20 A380 planes, the new 528,000m² Concourse 3 at Terminal 3 is being built with an investment of $3.2bn and is scheduled opening in January 2013.
Image: Installation of AOptix's automated iris and face recognition system at Dubai airport's four terminals will allow processing of 75 million passengers per year by 2014.