Following extensive testing, Samarkand International Airport has launched the first e-gate border control system in the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

The e-gate software and hardware, developed by an Uzbekistan company under contract to the border operations division of the State Security Service of Uzbekistan, allows safe and uninterrupted processing of arriving passengers.

The automated border control system is based on biometrics and provides automatic identification of the traveller, enabling a quick and safe border crossing with minimal involvement of border control officers.

The system incorporates document readers, and high-resolution video cameras that carry out video surveillance and comparison of passengers' biometric data with an identity document. Border Control and Air Marakanda have developed measures against unauthorised passage and algorithms to ensure single passage, recognition of luggage and items left unattended. The project is expected to increase tourism potential by speeding the flow of passengers through passport control, while making the process more comfortable and convenient for visitors and eliminating the potential for human error.

Gayrat Nematov, general director of airport management company Air Marakanda, said: “The implementation of e-gates is a logical solution for any modern transport facility. We are interested in the fact that the latest equipment allows passengers to minimise spent on the necessary procedures. In aviation, the most important principles are safety and comfort, and such a project meets these requirements."


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