DNRD adopts Microsoft technologies for e-gate

Dubai International Airport’s recently released e-gate service, which allows quick access to inbound and outbound travellers through the use of smart cards, has been developed using Microsoft technologies.

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By  Vijaya George Published  November 26, 2002

Dubai International Airport’s much touted e-Gate, which allows quick access to inbound and outbound travellers through the use of smart cards, has been developed using Microsoft technologies. The platform, which was developed by the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) functions on the Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system.

“DNRD’s role in planning and executing the e-gate project has made Dubai one of only three airports in the world to operate an automated immigration system. This project is part of our commitment to make Dubai the most user-friendly airport in the world,” commented Colonel Saeed Matar bin Bleilah, director general, DNRD. “The magnitude and significance of the project made it imperative for us to invest in a strong, robust and reliable IT architecture. We are confident that these state-of-the-art technology solutions from Microsoft will fulfil the stringent requirements at DNRD and will help us fulfil the needs of frequent air travellers,” he added.

Passengers qualified to use the system present their valid passports/travel documents, complete fingerprinting procedures and have their photograph taken. The e-Cards, valid for two years, are issued to them on the spot for a fee of Dhs 150. Once registered, users are supplied with a smart card that will enable them to enter and exit the Dubai International Airport without delay. The electronic gates will function alongside the manual ones, giving people an option to choose either form of entry or exit.

“We at Microsoft were looking forward to this challenging and unique e-Gate project. We consider it to be a great responsibility to be involved in such a prestigious project. We are sure that the team working on this project will put their expertise to optimum use to ensure safety, security and timely support to the travellers,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft EMEA and Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corp.

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