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Last Updated On: 10/15/2012

Dubai International Airport is deploying new technology to process arriving and departing travelers faster.

New iris and face recognition systems are to be installed at 100 immigration smart counters and Smart Gates at the airport.

The technology will be first deployed at Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3, the world’s largest airport terminal, and subsequently extended to other terminals.

Dubai International Airport is either a destination or a transit point for hundreds of thousands of Indians every year.

Faster Processing at Dubai Airport

Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director of the Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, said the e-Gates will let passengers check in or check out of the airport within 22 seconds and without requiring entry or exit stampings on their passports.

Last year, 50 million passengers, including transit passengers, entered or left the United Arab Emirates through Dubai airport's Terminal 3 out of which over 30 million were entry or exit transactions.

California company AOptix systems is providing the technology for the automated iris and face recognition systems that are designed to speed passengers through immigration without compromising on security.

Implementation of the new technologies at Terminal 3 should be completed by January 2013.

Dubai International Airport plans to expand the new system to all four of its terminals and process some 75 million passengers a year through immigration by 2014.

Emaratech, a regional systems integrator for government, border control, aviation security and electronic identification systems, is installing the new technology at the Dubai International Airport.

Dubai's authorities are also mulling the introduction of a new self-serve system that'll let visitors flying into or out of Dubai International Airport enter or exit with the help of their smartphones.

The self-serve system will require the cooperation of airlines who must share their passenger manifests with the airport authorities well in advance.

No date has been set for the launch of the smartphone based self-serve entry or exit system.

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