New tech cut­ting air­port queues

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More than 140,000 pas­sen­gers have used the ‘smart travel’ sys­tem at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in the six weeks since it was in­stalled. The ini­tia­tive, im­ple­mented on March 14 in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of In­te­rior and Abu Dhabi Po­lice, al­lows pas­sen­gers to check in and move through im­mi­gra­tion and se­cu­rity via tech­nol­ogy only. The sys­tem, a first in the UAE, con­sists of self-check in and bag­gage drop fa­cil­i­ties and au­to­mated pass­port con­trol gates equipped with bio­met­ric ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tems and fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy, along with smart board­ing gates. Ma­jor Mo­hammed Al Zaabi, Di­rec­tor of the EPorts Pro­ject at the Min­istry of In­te­rior, said: “The ini­tia­tive has helped to deal with the ris­ing num­ber of pas­sen­gers at the UAE cap­i­tal’s main air­port. “The ‘smart travel’ sys­tem is sim­ple, ef­fi­cient and much faster than tra­di­tional check-in.” Au­thor­i­ties said ‘smart travel’ has de­creased pro­cess­ing times within the air­port by up to 70 per cent. Abu Dhabi Air­ports is in­stalling 25 e-reg­is­tra­tion stands, 58 e-gates, and 76 self­board­ing gates at ar­rivals and de­par­tures over the air­port's two ter­mi­nals, with full im­ple­men­ta­tion be­ing com­plete by June. Ad­di­tion­ally, the air­port is al­ready op­er­at­ing 10 self­check-in kiosks and two self-bag­gage drops. Spe­cial e-gates have also been al­lo­cated for peo­ple with spe­cial needs across all air­port halls. Al Zaabi said: “Chil­dren aged five years and above are able to reg­is­ter and use the e-gate with their fam­i­lies, where se­cu­rity and safety pro­ce­dures are avail­able. The e-gate fea­tures se­cu­rity spec­i­fi­ca­tions that pre­vent any se­cu­rity breaches.” All trav­ellers com­mut­ing through UAE air­ports are au­to­mat­i­cally reg­is­tered in the sys­tem and can use the e-gates for their next trips.

SUC­CESS: The launch of ‘smart travel’

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