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.
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”.
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.
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.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.