Abu Dhabi's AUH commences biometric initiative, face becomes new boarding pass
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Abu Dhabi’s AUH commences biometric initiative, face becomes new boarding pass

Abu Dhabi’s AUH commences biometric initiative, face becomes new boarding pass

The systems will use biometric cameras to verify passenger details at self-service baggage drop, passport control, business class lounge and boarding gates

Divsha Bhat

Next50, an Abu Dhabi-based technology company, is underway to delivering the first phase of the biometric initiative at Abu Dhabi international Airport.

The project which introduces the company’s AI solutions alongside technology solutions partners IDEMIA and SITA, will initially see the deployment of next generation biometric solutions at select self-service baggage touchpoints, immigration e-gates and boarding gates before implementing the technology across all passenger touchpoints in the airport.

Once the project is delivered, it is said to offer passengers a convenient, simplified, contactless and hygienic experience from ‘curb-to-gate’.

In addition, this will result in reduced wait times and less time queuing for passengers. The systems will use hi-tech biometric cameras to verify passenger details along several touchpoints in the airport, which includes the self-service baggage drop, passport control, business class lounge and boarding gates.

“We are excited to be leading the biometrics project at the UAE capital’s state-of-the-art International Airport as part of the Emirate’s digital transformation vision,” said Ibrahim Al Mannaee, Next50’S chief executive Officer.

“Once the project is fully realised, the airport will be the only airport in the region with biometric solutions implemented across all customer touchpoints, contributing to Abu Dhabi Airport’s vision to become the operator of the most technology-driven airport in the world, providing a seamless journey to all its passengers.”

Eng Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, MD and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The phase one deployment of advanced biometrics at Abu Dhabi International Airport further cements our commitment to shape the future of airport experiences by delivering innovation and technology that drives efficiency, convenience and service excellence. Upon final completion of the project, Abu Dhabi will be home to the world’s first airport to include every touch point in the biometric journey, providing travelers with a seamless, safe and secure passenger experience.”

Hani El Assaad, president Middle East and Africa, SITA, said: “The airport of the future will be driven by technology that enables safe, seamless, and easy travel every step of the way. This latest deployment showcases the power of Smart Path to deliver a fluid journey where a passenger’s face becomes their boarding pass, from check in to boarding.

Osama Al Makharmeh, executive director, IDEMIA, UAE commented: “Our collaboration today with Next50 will see the latest in biometric technologies brought here to the UAE’s modern capital of Abu Dhabi. We are in admiration of the UAE’s technologically driven growth trajectory and are proud to be participating in this incredible transformation and being part of the success story of Abu Dhabi International Airport. This partnership harnesses contactless biometric technology that gives users an unrivalled airport experience without letting up one jot on security. This bears out our capacity to constantly innovate to safeguard passenger trust and help pave the way for even smoother and more secure future travel”.

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