DNRD plans user registration process for e-Gate

The e-Gate uses smart card and fingerprint recognition technology to automate the exit/entry process at the airport.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  August 11, 2002

Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD) will begin registering users for its e-Gate from the 17th of August.

In development since December 2001, the e-Gate uses smart card and fingerprint recognition technology to automate the immigration exit/entry process of passengers at Dubai International Airport.

People wishing to register can visit an office at Dubai International Airport and fill out the necessary forms to obtain their smart card. The process requires users to show their original passports and complete simple procedures that include finger printing and photography.

When registered, passengers are supplied with a smart card that carries all the relevant information about the holder. The whole system is linked to a central monitoring unit that controls all the operations.

“The e-Gate at the Dubai International Airport is a revolutionary step aimed at eliminating delays and introducing a foolproof security system that can detect fraudsters or impersonators. This is yet another milestone for us and a strong testimony to the spirit of innovation that drives Dubai and makes it a dynamic and friendly place for people of all nationalities,” comments H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Department of Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Airline.

“Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah bin Hassan, assistant director, DNRD for Airport and Free Zone, adds “Dubai International Airport is used by millions of business visitors, tourists and expatriates. This enormous volume of traffic and the ensuing documentation pose a major problem to the authorities. The e-Gate represents a new concept in air passenger clearance through the implementation of best of breed technologies in line with the vision of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, to leverage the benefits of technology to ease the lives of citizens.”

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