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Following Qatar's use of similar technology, Dubai Airport's use of an iris scan and facial recognition system to whisk passengers through immigration checkpoints could be a model for other airports if it passes the security sniff test.

Dubai will introduce self-process e-Gates or “Smart Gates” whereby the passengers won’t have to stand in long passport  control queues but  walk straight through the gates by swiping their passports at the e-Gate scanner, said a senior official.

The e-Gates will be equipped with automatic identification system, automatic iris scan and facial imprint, thus allowing passengers to check in or check out of the airport within 22 seconds without entry or exit stampings on their passports, said Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director of the Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department.

In the first stage, 100 e-Gates will be installed at Terminal 3 in January 2013 and by the end of 2014 all the terminals will be equipped with these e-Gates.


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