- The new system quickly scans and reads passport information and captures biometric data.
Dubai: The new Smart e-Gate system, installed across all Dubai International's immigration entry and exit points is easy to use, fast and efficient, according to a senior official from Dubai residency department.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Director-General of the e-Services sector at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, told Gulf News yesterday the Smart e-gate is a new technology that allows a faster and more convenient movement of the growing number of passengers through Dubai airport, the world's fourth busiest.
The new e-Gate helps to get rid of the need for prior user registration with the GDRFA, which is the case with the existing e-Gate card
Colonel Al Razooqi
"The new e-Gate helps to get rid of the need for prior user registration with the GDRFA, which
is the case with the existing e-Gate card," said Colonel Al Razooqi.
He said the new system quickly scans and reads passport information and captures biometric data including facial recognition and retinal scans using a high-accuracy camera. The system then matches the traveller's captured biometrics and passport information against existing lists to detect any potential immigration issues.
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All these procedures are expected to be completed in 12-14 seconds while maintaining a high level of accuracy and security standards.
All holders of modern passports with barcodes that can be read by the e-reader can use the e-Gate, including children above the age of seven.
Passengers who hold passports without e-readable barcodes can proceed to the existing e-Gates or the conventional immigration counters to complete their entry or exit process.
Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of GDFRA, said that Dubai airport was one of the fastest growing airports in the world and that it was a great challenge to facilitate the entry and exit of passengers without affecting security standards.