Dubai Airports to have world's first 'gate-less border

Wed, 14.06.2017 12:28

Dubai Airports, the operator of the world's busiest airport, will test a new facial recognition technology this year that will eliminate long queues at its flagship, Dubai International Airport (DXB).

DXB, which handled 83.6 million passengers last year, reported a 7.8% increase in passenger numbers to 30.12 million in the first four months of 2017. The airport is expecting to receive 100 million passengers this year.

In order to ease rush at passport control counters, Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has signed up with a British start-up ObjectTech to install biometric tunnels that will scan passenger faces as they walk to baggage reclaim.

ObjectTech, in a statement on its website, said the agreement paves way to create the world's first "gate-less border", combining the power of biometric verification and the immutability of blockchain technology.

It said passengers arriving at the Dubai airport will be able to step off their flight and walk straight to baggage reclaim section via a biometric verification while walking, allowing them to be registered into the country using a pre-approved and entirely digitised passport which will contain information from the electronic chip in physical passports, finger prints, iris scans and facial recognition data.

Source: itp.net

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