Dubai airports 'to ramp up security systems'

Plans unveiled for new technology to minimise wait times and heighten security
Dubai airports 'to ramp up security systems'
By Staff writer
Sun 08 May 2016 11:23 AM

Authorities are ramping up technology at Dubai’s airports to improve security and reduce congestion, according to reports.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) last week unveiled plans to increase ‘smart’ security systems, including rolling out its new ‘Eyen’ iris recognition technology across 99 percent of Dubai’s airports.

The system takes on average two seconds to complete an eye scan of passengers as they pass through security.

There are plans to upgrade security counters at airports to fit them with all new technologies to speed up the passport control process, and introduce ‘next-generation’ smart gates to minimise waiting times.

The projects were discussed during a meeting with department heads on Tuesday, according to Gulf News.

At the meeting, Colonel Talal Ahmad Shanqeeti, assistant to the director-general for airports, also reviewed the success of a newly introduced technology that enables countries to assess a passenger’s risk factor before they board the plane.

The Advance Passenger Information System (Apis) captures travellers’ data through passport details, online booking and a reservation system. It is fully implemented and operational in all airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 “The technologies will both ease procedures for travellers and immigration officers,” Shanqeeti was quoted as saying.

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