SAA’s smart gate program registers its first government body

Sharjah's Department of eGovernment becomes the first government entity to register its personnel

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SAA’s smart gate program registers its first government body DeG staff members during their registration at the Sharjah International Airport’s Smart Gate.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 31, 2017

Sharjah International Airport recently received personnel from Sharjah's Department of eGovernment (DeG), which became the first government entity to register its staff with the airport's electronic passport control system.

Introduced by the Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) in an effort to streamline the travel experience, the airport's 16 smart gates have been utilised by more than 850,000 passengers over the past nine months.

With the overall aim over reducing the passport control process by more than 70% over traditional procedures, the interactive barriers have successfully reduced processing time to a mere 20 seconds.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director General of DeG, commented: "DeG's visit to Sharjah International Airport was conducted to highlight our important role in encouraging government and public sector bodies to adopt the latest technology which services the public in Sharjah with its most advanced and traveller-friendly airport accesses."

The smart gate implementation is the first of many under Sharjah's digitalisation strategy, falling in line with the directives of His Highness the Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

"DeG is dedicated to supporting the digital shift by government institutions and public sector entities in Sharjah and to playing a major role in establishing a sophisticated digital infrastructure in the emirate," added Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi.

The DeG is focused on transforming Sharjah's government sector with the introduction of online and smart services, while supporting the emirate's socioeconomic development.

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