Dubai airport trials 'Smart Tunnel' that allows passengers clear passport control in 15 seconds

The smart tunnel was made in the UAE and could be offered to other airports around the world
Dubai airport trials 'Smart Tunnel' that allows passengers clear passport control in 15 seconds
Using facial recognition, the tunnel's technology will allow the traveller to complete the passport control procedure within 15 seconds and without the need for human intervention.
By Staff writer
Thu 11 Oct 2018 08:04 AM

Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) rolled out the pilot phase of its 'Smart Tunnel' at Dubai Airports' Terminal 3, which allows passengers to go through passport control procedures in just 15 seconds.

GDRFA said passengers who use the new system will simply walk through the biometric recognition system without having to stamp their passports.

Using facial recognition, the tunnel's technology will allow the traveller to complete the passport control procedure within 15 seconds and without the need for human intervention.

"It is the first of its kind in the world as with simple steps. The traveller can finish his departure procedure without the need to use any travel documents such as passport, ID cards or boarding cards," said Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director of GDRFA, adding that the project was tested before being introduced at the airport.

Al Merri added that more smart projects are ahead to be implemented to enhance fast and smart travelling experience.


Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director of GDRFA pictured at the first trial of the tunnel yesterday. 

Roughly 20 passengers were the first to trial the new tunnel system on Wednesday.

"The smart tunnel was made in the UAE. We have worked with the idea for four years. The project is aimed at continuing to offer the best in airports, especially in view of the growth in passenger numbers," he added.

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