Dubai International Airport to deploy smart gates technology

11 July 2013 (Last Updated July 11th, 2013 18:30)

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and Emaratech have signed a deal to manufacture and deploy smart gates at Dubai International Airport.

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Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and Emaratech have signed a deal to manufacture and deploy smart gates at Dubai International Airport.

The collaboration will also be responsible for modernising immigration counters to improve passengers' passport control procedures.

DAEP CEO Suzanne Al-Anani said: "The smart gates and upgrading immigration counters mark another important milestone in our continuing strategy to fully harness the potential of Dubai's international airports and passenger handling capacity."

In January 2013, about 14 smart gates had been commissioned at Dubai airport's Terminal 3, while 14 more gates are planned to be deployed at Terminal 1 and 2 by end of summer.

DAEP and Emaratech are also planning to install the system at Al-Maktoum International Airport.

Smart gates work by detecting and verifying users through their biometrically enhanced passports, ID cards or e-gate cards leveraging facial and eye recognition technology.

Upon deployment, the automated and secure self-service will enable passengers to complete their passport control procedures within 20 seconds and allow passengers to move instantly to baggage reclaim areas.

"The collaboration will also be responsible for modernising immigration counters to improve passengers' passport control procedures."

Passengers who want to avoid waiting at immigration counters can register their biometrics details before travelling and use the smart gate for free.

The new system collects passport information and captures biometric data through a camera, after which it compares the data with current records for any differences.

Emaratech board member and director-general Thani Alzaffin said that the smart gate ensures the highest standards of safety and security to all passengers.

"This is what we have delivered to Dubai", Thani said.

In January 2013, 14 smart gates had been commissioned at Dubai airport's Terminal 3, while 14 more gates are to be deployed at the airport's Terminal 1 and 2 by end of summer.

According to the airport, the deployed smart gates are able to detect electronic passports from the 33 pre-approved visa nations, UAE citizens, residents and GCC nationals.


Image: DAEP CEO Suzanne Al-Anani, Emaratech board member and director general Thani Alzaffin during signing of contract. Photo: courtesy of AMEinfo/ Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects.