Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International and Dubai World Central, has signed an agreement with local police, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) to launch a joint Smart Security initiative.

The company says Smart Security aims to bring improvements in security effectiveness, operational efficiency and passenger experience at airport security checkpoints through the use of technology, ‘process innovation’ and the use of risk-based concepts.

The memorandum of understanding makes way for Dubai Airports to work with airlines, control authorities, regulators and solution providers to gain knowledge learned through trials and research at other participating airports.

Buti Qurwash, vice president of security at Dubai Airports, said: “We manage the world’s busiest international airport, with more than 90 million passengers passing through our facilities annually. To achieve our vision of being the best in customer experience as well as to provide the capacity to accommodate ongoing and future growth, it is imperative that we look at new technologies and processes to significantly reduce wait times and avoid queuing wherever possible. Our participation in the Smart Security initiative of IATA and ACI is a big step in that direction.”

Muhammad Ali Albakri, regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East at IATA, commented: “The deployment of innovative Smart Security solutions such as advanced screening equipment, lane automation and centralised image processing will not only improve passenger experience and boost the efficiency of the security process, but also ensure that Dubai’s airports have a security solution that can be adapted to meet the expected growth in passenger traffic over the next 20 years.”

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