Dubai is setting another new first for its airport system and services with the launch of a Smart Tunnel which, for now, will not require first and business class passengers to provide their passports to get through at Dubai International Airports. They will only go through a pathway which will recognize their face as they go through passport control.
The pilot phase of the Smart Tunnel was launched by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai at the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 last Wednesday (October 10), allowing passengers to complete passport control procedures within 15 seconds.
Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of @GDRFADUBAI to @AP: The Smart Tunnel is the “latest and most unique technology”….The project has been in development for four years. pic.twitter.com/2cCqWUcD0B
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 10, 2018
Dubai Airports Feature New Smart Tunnels Using Face Recognition Technology
With the new system and protocols in trial period, passengers will simply have to go through the biometric recognition system (tunnel) without having to get their passports or even have them stamped in the process.
The smart tunnel utilizes AI technology with a smart facial recognition system which can process entry procedures in 15 seconds without any human intervention in the process.
According to Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director of GDRFA, the project is still on its trial phase until it is fully approved and officially launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Al Merri further explained that prior to introducing the smart tunnel, which is the first of its kind in the world, the project has already been tested and is ready for the purpose of trial deployment at airports.
Video: Face Scanner Smart Tunnel in Dubai
Below is a video clip from Emirates News Agency of this smart face tunnel in Dubai Airport
The smart tunnel is one of the many smart initiatives being developed by Dubai to provide “smart” and world-class travelling experience, shared Al Merri.