Border control made smoother
UAE Ministry of Interior, launches new ‘Smart Passenger’ project
The UAE Ministry of Interior, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, is aiming to make passing through UAE airports a fast and smooth process, with a new ‘Smart Passenger’ project.
The GDRFA has partnered with Emaratech to develop a new contactless technology for passport control, that would mean that nationals, residents and visitors could pass through passport control without having to stop for any sort of passport or care reader. At present, users of the UAE eGate smart card can pass through passport control in 20 seconds, but the project will aim to cut this to just six seconds.
The solution will be based on ‘Iris on the Move’ technology, which can scan an eye from just a glance, and while the user is moving.
Col. Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of E-Services Sector, of the Ministry of Interior, GDRFA, explains: “Smart Passenger is an upgrade, that will use new technology to process passengers without the immigration officer stopping them. We don’t want people to stop, they can just proceed through the gate, they don’t need to look into the camera.”
The project will go through a twelve months R&D phase followed by six months testing and deployment. The Smart Passenger is intended to be rolled out at terminals 1, 2 and 3 of Dubai Airport and Al Maktoum, before UAE-wide deployment. GGDRFA is also extending the ease of use of the eGate program, with a number of kiosks now installed in malls to make it more convenient to access services.