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Biometric Tech Unveiled At Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal

According to officials, passengers at the new Terminal A can get from the curb to their departure gate in just 12 minutes.

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The new Terminal A at Abu Dhabi’s International Airport now benefits from the latest biometric systems. The technology will offer passengers a faster and smoother journey from outside the airport all the way to their departure gates.

Airport officials claim that the combination of new technologies and streamlined processes will shorten passenger processing times to 12 minutes. Self-service baggage drop-off kiosks now take just 30 seconds to navigate, while immigration and flight boarding procedures take 10 seconds and 3 seconds, respectively.

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Airport executives chose four tech companies to install the biometrics services at the terminal, while Next50, an Abu Dhabi-based AI company, was responsible for integration.

Andrew Murphy, chief information officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, showcased the new systems during a recent media tour, explaining: “From a passenger experience perspective, passengers really enjoy the seamless nature of it. It allows you to get through the airport faster and then enjoy more time in retail or at the lounge and enjoy the whole experience”.

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Eventually, the biometric systems will extend to retail areas and airport lounges through a loyalty scheme, allowing for smoother duty-free shopping, car rentals, and more.

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The expansion of biometric technology will also include more check-in desks as well as solutions for connecting flights. The new terminal currently has 14 self-service bag-drops and 17 biometric boarding gates, but at present, they are only used by national carrier Etihad Airways.

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal A can serve 45 million users per year and handle 11,000 passengers per hour. 28 airlines currently operate from the terminal, which can cater to 79 aircraft at any one time.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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