Dubai unveils smart passage for hassle-free Emirates passenger travel

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

Passports are set to become a thing of the past as biometrics and facial recognition technologies take center stage in the world of travel.

Passport-Free Travel at Dubai Terminal 3

Passengers traveling through Terminal 3 of Dubai Airports will soon experience passport-free travel thanks to the integration of biometrics and facial recognition technologies. Adel Ahmed Al Redha, COO at Emirates airline, announced that by November or December of this year, passengers will be able to check in using their own identity, eliminating the need for physical passports.

Smart Passage and Electronic Processing

Dubai Airport's Terminal 3 will implement a new system in November, allowing passengers to use their biometrics for all clearance procedures. Major General Obaid Muhair bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), shared that the airport is transitioning from electronic gates to smart gates for a more streamlined and efficient travel experience.

Biometrics Replace Passports

This innovation replaces passports with facial recognition and fingerprint scanning as the primary forms of identity verification. By utilizing travelers' biometric data, the airport aims to enhance the speed and convenience of airport processes, making travel smoother and more efficient.

Data Sharing for Faster Passenger Flow

While biometrics offer significant benefits, officials also emphasized the importance of sharing passenger data between airports to expedite passenger flows. Adel Ahmed Al Redha stressed that data collaboration between countries would lead to easier and faster entry and exit processes for passengers, advocating for the use of facial recognition technology to make passengers their own identity at every touchpoint.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI is expected to play a crucial role in collecting and utilizing data to improve airport processes. Miguel Leitmann, co-founder and group CEO at Vision-Box, highlighted that biometrics and facial recognition are becoming the new norm in airport security and passenger management.

Job Evolution in the Industry

The integration of technology is expected to change job roles within the aviation sector. Major General Obaid explained that technology would replace human roles in routine tasks, allowing employees to focus on monitoring and analyzing processes.

Collaboration and a Common Database

Efforts are underway to create a common database shared among different countries to facilitate international passenger travel. Collaboration in data exchange would enable travelers to use their biometrics seamlessly across various countries.

The Future of Airport Operations

Al Redha believes that technology is the key to addressing challenges in the aviation sector. He envisions a future where automation plays a significant role, with 90% of operations relying on technology and only 10% on human interaction. The aviation industry continues to evolve, with technology-driven solutions aimed at improving the passenger experience and overall efficiency.

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