UAE plans biometric 'smart tunnels' for airport

10/10/17

Senior officials say Dubai Airports will soon have biometric smart tunnels to speed up movement of passengers.

Officials of the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) gave pointers to the ‘Smart Tunnel’ technology during the first day of the Gitex 37 technology show at World Trade Centre.

Major Khalid Al Felasi, Assistant General Director of Smart Services in GDRFA-Dubai, told Gulf News, that the Smart Tunnels, is the new future of passport control in Dubai.

“It is the first of its kind in the world and it’s a biometric system that allows passengers to simply walk through the tunnel without doing anything. They don’t even need to show their passport. It works on face recognition technology and the passenger can finish entry procedure within 15 seconds,” Major Al Felasi said.

The smart tunnel system uses iris recognition technology, and passengers will have to first stand in front of the tunnel and before walking through for facial recognition. They can exit the tunnel in a few seconds without the need for passport stamping or any other human intervention.

The white tunnel includes a green-tinged digital floorboard that changes colour to red as a passenger walks through to finish the procedure.

“It is a future project and we have one tunnel presented in Gitex and later we will go to the airport to check the tunnel’s features and see what we can add to it before implementing the project,” Major Al Felasi said.

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