Emirates is gearing up to launch the world’s first “biometric path,” which it said will offer customers a smooth and seamless airport journey at the airline’s hub at Dubai International Airport.
Utilizing the latest biometric technology — a mix of facial and iris recognition, Emirates passengers can soon check in for their flight, complete immigration formalities, enter the Emirates Lounge, and board their flights, simply by strolling through the airport.
The latest biometric equipment has already been installed at Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport. This equipment can be found at select check-in counters, at the Emirates Lounge in Concourse B for premium passengers, and at select boarding gates. Areas where biometric equipment are installed will be clearly marked.
Trials for the Smart Tunnel, a project by the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) in collaboration with Emirates, was launched on Oct. 10. It is a world-first for passport control, where passengers simply walk through a tunnel and are “cleared” by immigration authorities without human intervention or the need for a physical passport stamp.
Once its internal tests are completed, Emirates will shortly launch trials for biometric processing at the other key customer points at the airport and subsequently at transit counters/gates, and for its chauffeur drive services.
Adel Al-Redha, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief operations officer, said: “Guided by our chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates continuously innovates and strives to improve our day-to-day business. After extensive research and evaluation of numerous technologies and new approaches to enhance our passenger journey, we are now satisfied with the preliminary work we have carried out and are ready to commence live trials of the world’s first biometric path at Emirates Terminal 3.”
“These ground breaking initiatives are a result of close collaboration with our stakeholders — particularly GDRFA who have been instrumental in the program to bring the biometric path to fruition.”