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It will soon take only 15 seconds to go through passport control.

We have to admit, not everyone enjoys queuing in line. This has been a common sight in airports since the day air travel became commercial and the increased security measures means you are required to come hours before your flight to make sure you don’t miss it.

It will soon take only 15 seconds to go through passport control.

We have to admit, not everyone enjoys queuing in line. This has been a common sight in airports since the day air travel became commercial and the increased security measures means you are required to come hours before your flight to make sure you don’t miss it.

While Dubai Airports has already introduced the use of the Emirates ID as a way for residents and citizens to finish immigration procedures in a couple of minutes, a new technology is aiming to make that process even faster though the use of a Smart Tunnel.

Demoing the new feature at GITEX Technology Week, this new Smart Tunnel will soon be the future of immigration control at Dubai Airports. You would only need to walk through the tunnel and then a specialized biometric system will start scanning your face. The whole process can be done in 15 seconds.

It was mentioned that the new system uses iris recognition technology (similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8 albeit in a more advanced form) along facial recognition to identify the passenger. The process no longer needs the aid of any human worker and will be fully automated.

The GDRFA-Dubai is already coordinating with Emirates Airlines to see how it can be integrated with current passport control processes in the future, though no date has been announced as to when it will be launched.

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