Hamad International Airport (HIA) launched the second phase of its innovative Smart Airport programme which sets to initiate an exciting major digital transformation of the passenger journey through facial biometric recognition across all key passenger touch points.

HIA Smart programmeThe system, currently under trial, is a central piece of the airport’s digital strategy and combines passenger flight, passport, and facial biometric information in a single electronic record at the self-check-in kiosk or mobile app. Subsequently, only the passenger’s face is required for verification at the self-service bag-drop, automated security gate, and the automated boarding gate, making the experience fast and seamless. Knowledge of exactly where the passengers are in their journey at the airport will also aim to help further improve the renowned on-time at HIA.

The successful completion of the first major phase of HIA’s Smart Airport programme has proven to be extremely popular, with at least 40% of Qatar Airways passengers preferring to self-check-in; and a further 20% opting for self-bag-drop. The swift process vastly improves customer experience and allows more passengers to be managed without physical expansion of the check-in facilities. It also empowers HIA passengers, giving them total control of their journey from arrival to departure.

According to HIA Chief Operating Officer Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer, this latest innovation at HIA is in line with their vision to provide fast, seamless and enjoyable travel experience to discerning customers.

Our approach to identity management is unique and holistic, in that we foresee wide-scale deployment of biometric capability across both mandated and voluntary passenger touch points while addressing customer data privacy concerns in line with relevant local and international regulations.’

Smarter, More Efficient Airport

HIA’s Smart Airport programme is helping optimise operational processes; and utilisation of resources and assets at the airport, for instance, the Service Delivery Measurement system enables real-time monitoring of passenger wait times, thus allowing tactical decisions to recover service levels by deploying additional resources when the wait time exceeds targets.

The performance trends also help inform design decisions for future terminal capacity and passenger flows, a benefit to HIA as it begins the next phase of its expansion plan this year. Another example is the ongoing implementation of the Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) platform. Once fully operational, this platform will enable more effective collaboration between all airport stakeholders to optimise flight turn around processes, further improving HIA’s efficiency and on-time performance.

HIA’s continued efforts and investment in cutting-edge technology through its Smart Airport programme are recognised through its awards and accolades.

The airport ranked the World’s 4th Best Airport by Skytrax 2019 and was named the Best Airport for Passenger Experience for the second consecutive year in a study by AirHelp. It also ranked as second best airport in the world for On-Time Performance (OTP) in the OAG Punctuality League Report and was winner for the Service Delivery Measurement in the Smart Transport Solution of the Year category at the Qatar IT Business Awards 2018.

The awards recognise HIA’s commitment to the highest environmental standards and to responsible business practices as well as innovative facilities, five-star customer service, and state-of-the-art terminal.

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