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Dubai immigration eyes high-tech upgrade

Emaratech to install 100 AOptix iris and face recognition systems at Terminal 3

The contract will make Dubai International Airport the largest automated immigration system in the world.
The contract will make Dubai International Airport the largest automated immigration system in the world.

Dubai is set to introduce iris and face recognition technology at its international airport to dramatically reduce immigration queues.

AOptix, a technology innovation company, on Tuesday announced that its automated iris and face recognition systems will be installed at 100 immigration smart counters and Smart Gates in Terminal 3.

The systems are being integrated and deployed by emaratech, a major regional systems integrator for government, border control, aviation security and electronic identification systems.

The AOptix systems will authenticate iris and face images for travellers who enter or leave the UAE through Terminal 3.

The contract will make Dubai International Airport the largest automated immigration system in the world.

AOptix said its new systems are expected to dramatically speed up the process of immigration for passengers while ensuring the highest level of security.

The airport plans to expand this system to all four of its terminals and process some 75 million passengers a year through immigration by 2014.

Thani Alzaffin, director general of emaratech, said: "We will be able to dramatically reduce the time people spend going through immigration, ensuring their smooth passage through the airport."

Currently Dubai uses eGates alongside traditional border control counters.

Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director-general of e-services at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, said: "Since Dubai is one of the world's fastest growing airports, it is important that we continually employ the latest and best technology to serve the needs of our passengers."

Dean Senner, chairman and CEO of AOptix, added: "The Dubai deployment will be the largest automated immigration system in the world and will transform the travel experience through this rapidly growing travel corridor."

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