General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai is introducing new biometric-based services, including an automated passport kiosk, at this week’s Dubai Government Achievements Exhibition (DGAE) themed Local Government and Global Achievements, according to a report by Biometric Update.

The smart gate is an automated and secure system that offers an alternative to the traditional passport control counters at airports, which will help expedite the long queues at security, said Biometric Update.

Using their electronic passport, Emirates ID, e-gate card, or smartphone, travellers are able to pass through the smart gate in less than 20 seconds. 

Additionally, travelers will not be required to pre-register to use the smart gate and will only need to have readable passports. The free service will also conduct the iris scan and facial imprint. Its facial recognition feature compares a traveler’s face print with the photo on their electronic passport within two seconds.