Immigration Department E-services Director General, Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, announced plans to establish “smart electronic gates” in preparation for a sharp escalation in passenger inflow in two years. The e-gates will have a passport reader to instantly check from the existing database on whether the entry of the passenger was legal; with a pre-installed camera to verify the passenger’s identity by matching his image against the photograph on the passport.
Equipped with an advanced automated facility to capture iris scans, the e-gates will also ensure that individuals who have already been blacklisted are unable to enter the country.
“We hope to provide the smart e-gate service by next year, once it is validated, the e-gate will enable a passenger to clear immigration in 14 seconds flat,” Razooqi said in an official statement.
The bold technology-intensive measure is expected to manage the 90 million visitor-rush reported by the officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once a dedicated terminal for the giant A380 aircraft was completed in 2013.
Immigration Department has also established an integrated interface with the departments of labour, health and police to improve the efficiency of issuing and renewing visas, and with the electronic pool of necessary information available, Dubai immigration has begun to automate issue and renewal of visas.