Dubai International Airport's SmartGates go live


The roll out of the latest generation of Automated Border Control SmartGates has gone live at Dubai International Airport this month as part of a transformation programme.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) from Dubai awarded the challenge to Emaratech and partner Vision-Box.

In a statement, Vision-Box said the ground-breaking project includes the development, delivery and maintenance of a new generation of multimodal biometric passenger flow solution comprising 122 SmartGates, deployed across all three Dubai International Airport terminals.

The SmartGates are able to expedite passenger clearance at Dubai Airports’ borders, offering a speedy self-service transaction by way of multi-biometric verification, sustained by passport, Emirates ID and SmartGate cards authentication.

Brigadier General Talal Al Shanqiti, Assistant Director General for Ports Affairs at the GDRFA in Dubai, said "The installation of the new smart gates in Terminal 1 arrivals area is part of an integrated development project to provide passengers with facilities and services that make their travel through Dubai International a quick and easy. Passport control is a critical process as part of which maintaining a high level of security is our top priority. This new system helps us strike a balance between achieving that objective while also ensuring a better experience for the passengers through speed and efficiency." In addition to the enhancement of the departure procedures with new SmartGates last year, a new bank is already in operation at arrivals, offering passengers a speedy border clearance.

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