Dubai air­port tri­als ‘Smart Tun­nel’

The smart tun­nel was made in the UAE and could be of­fered to other air­ports around the world


Dubai’s Gen­eral Direc­torate of Res­i­dency and For­eign­ers Af­fairs (GDRFA) rolled out the pi­lot phase of its ‘Smart Tun­nel’ at Dubai Air­ports’ Ter­mi­nal 3, which al­lows pas­sen­gers to go through pass­port con­trol pro­ce­dures in just 15 sec­onds. GDRFA said pas­sen­gers who use the new sys­tem will sim­ply walk through the bio­met­ric recog­ni­tion sys­tem with­out hav­ing to stamp their pass­ports.

Us­ing fa­cial recog­ni­tion, the tun­nel’s tech­nol­ogy will al­low the trav­eller to com­plete the pass­port con­trol pro­ce­dure within 15 sec­onds and with­out the need for hu­man in­ter­ven­tion.

“It is the first of its kind in the world as with sim­ple steps. The trav­eller can fin­ish his de­par­ture pro­ce­dure with­out the need to use any travel doc­u­ments such as pass­port, ID cards or board­ing cards,” said Ma­jor-Gen­eral Mo­ham­mad Ah­mad Al Merri, Di­rec­tor of GDRFA, adding that the pro­ject was tested be­fore be­ing in­tro­duced at the air­port.

Al Merri added that more smart projects are ahead to be im­ple­mented to en­hance fast and smart trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence.

Roughly 20 pas­sen­gers were the first to trial the new tun­nel sys­tem on Wed­nes­day.

“The smart tun­nel was made in the UAE. We have worked with the idea for four years. The pro­ject is aimed at con­tin­u­ing to of­fer the best in air­ports, es­pe­cially in view of the growth in pas­sen­ger num­bers,” he added.

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