First and business class passengers traveling through Dubai will no longer require actual passports.
According to GulfNews, this project is in line with the X10 initiative that aims to provide the world with smart traveling services for residents and visitors.
The pilot launch of Smart Tunnel at Dubai Airports’ Terminal 3 enables travelers to easily finish passport control procedures in just 15 seconds.
Visitors will be required to is walk through the biometric recognition system and look at the camera for the system to process their already-registered information.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 10, 2018
Without any human intervention, the tunnel utilizes face recognition technology, reducing the time of passport procedure to 15 seconds.
Major General Mohammad Al Merri, head of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) stated:
“It is the first of its kind in the world as with simple steps. The traveler can finish his departure procedure without the need to use any travel documents such as passport, ID cards or boarding cards”
The pilot project will be officially launched by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
However, this is just the start for innovation and smart projects to take over things at Dubai International Airport.
Soon, electric cars will be used to transport passengers to the airport.
Assistant General Director of Smart Services of GDRFA Major Khalid Al-Felasi stated:
“The car will collect passengers’ information, including the weight of the luggage, on the way to the airport and will deliver boarding pass in the car itself. It is all done by the smartphone,”
According to the Gulf News, Dubai International Airport has just reached a new record, with the total number of travelers hitting 8.37 million in August this year.
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