Airports Dubai International (DXB), Dubai World Central (DWC) operator Dubai Airports, and Dubai police’s general department of Dubai security have signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) to become part of their joint initiative on smart security.
The smart security initiative aims to bring improvements in security effectiveness, operational efficiency and passenger experience at airport security checkpoints through better use of technology, process innovation, and the use of risk-based security concepts.
The MoU will pave the way for Dubai Airports, airlines, control authorities, regulators and solution providers to benefit from trials and research activities 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 to 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, IATA’s regional vice president, Africa and the Middle East, commented, “The deployment of innovative smart security solutions such as advanced screening equipment, lane automation and centralized image processing, will not only improve passenger experience and boost the efficiency of the security process, but also ensure that the Dubai’s airports have a security solution that can be adapted to meet the expected growth in passenger traffic over the next 20 years.”