UAE airports leading smart technology adoption

UAE airports are leading the region in terms of smart technology, according to experts.

Seamless passenger facilitation is possible with airports becoming ‘smart’.
Seamless passenger facilitation is possible with airports becoming ‘smart’.

Robust passenger growth at UAE airports, projected at 5.6% annually until 2034 by IATA, coupled with higher expectations of travellers are prompting Arabian Gulf airports to turn to smart technological solutions.

UAE airports are investing up to US $50 billion in new and expansion projects with smooth and efficient operations being the key expectation.

“The airport experience has changed at an amazing pace and it will change even more and for better in the next five years,” asserted Mohammed Fouz, CEO of Smartworld, a system integrator and digital ICT service provider.

“Smart technologies are transforming airports for better passenger facilitation as they grapple with a big rise in passengers. In the past five years, smart technology has overrun virtually every part of our private and public lives, and air travel is no exception,” he continued.

“Airports can benefit through 25% cut operation costs and enhanced capacity handling by turning to smart technologies.”

Having dealt in projects across the region’s airports, Fouz said the revolutionary technologies are changing the business model of airports which are grappling to provide passengers with seamless and unique travel experiences.

“The demand for smart technologies integrated into centre infrastructures will skyrocket in the next few years,” he said.

“All airports will be transformed into intelligent, adaptive and responsive environments. Changes in the ways we travel are coming at us faster. New technology promises to make travel even easier, more efficient and safer.”

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