Dubai International to introduce Smart Gates

16/10/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai International to introduce Smart Gates

There is nothing worse than getting off a long-haul flight only to have to stand in a huge queue to get your passport checked.Thankfully, people visiting Dubai from next year will no longer have this problem, as the emirate's main airport is introducing cutting-edge "Smart Gates".A process that currently takes up to an hour will be streamlined down to just a matter of minutes and in some cases visitors will be able to get through passport control in just 22 seconds, Emirates 24/7 reports.The e-Gates will contain sophisticated technology that is capable of identifying a person based on an iris scan or facial imprint.This means passengers only have to swipe their passport against a scanner and no longer have to rely on staff to stamp their travel documents.Plans are in place to introduce the system in the Terminal 3 building from January 2013.To start with, 100 Smart Gates will be installed and airport chiefs hope to have the entire complex fitted with the state-of-the-art scanners by 2014."E-gate will enable quicker passenger traffic and improve security. In case of a fake passport, e-Gate will prevent passengers from entering and alert the officer on duty," general manager of Emaratech Thani Abdullah Al Zafeen told the news provider.There is also talk of Dubai International Airport eventually bringing in new technology that will enable visitors to load their passports on to their smartphones.With more than 50 million people passing through the airport last year, it is vital that passport control is as efficient as possible.The airport is undergoing significant expansion work and its capacity is being extended to 75 million passengers a year - up from its current maximum of 60 million.This extra space is necessary, as visitor numbers continue to spiral upwards.Indeed, 27.9 million passengers entered the emirate in the first half of 2012 alone - a rise of 13.7 per cent when compared with the corresponding period last year.