If you’re travelling overseas this summer through Dubai International’s Terminal 3, chances are you will be able to use one of 14 smart gates installed there that will allow you to clear immigration in 20 seconds flat, helping you avoid the hassle of standing in long queues and saving you precious time.
And plans are already afoot to double that number by the end of summer. Which means that by perhaps September, we will have 28 smart gates installed at just the Terminal 3 of Dubai International, while Terminals 1 & 2 at Dubai International Airport, and Al-Maktoum International Airport and Dubai ports are also going to soon see the installation of smart gates.
The smart gate is an automated, secure and convenient self-service alternative to the conventional border control process through immigration officers. The Emirati-built smart gate identifies users through their passports, ID cards or E-Gate cards. It uses facial and eye-recognition technology to identify and verify the user. Once the checks are made, the gate opens automatically for travelers to pass through to baggage reclaim areas.
In order to be able to use the service, you’ll need to per-register (for free) at one of 20 locations identified for the purpose. “Travelers who wish to avoid waiting time at normal immigration counters can register their biometrics and start using the smart gate at no cost,” the company said.
Pretty cool i think.