Abu Dhabi Airport deploys gesture recognition to elevators to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Abu Dhabi Airport deploys gesture recognition to elevators

Abu Dhabi International Airport has deployed touchless gesture recognition technology to 53 elevators to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus through shared surfaces. The technology, known as ‘Tchk,’ is provided by UAE startup Meta Touch.

Meta Touch is based at the UAE University Science and Innovation Park (UAEU SIP), and its Tchk (Touchless Keypad Technology) offering consists of a touchless control panel which enables users to indicate the desired floor or direction they want to go in by waving a hand.

“At Meta Touch, we were keen to quickly design, test, and manufacture technology that can protect public health and fight the spread of COVID-19,” comments Meta Touch CEO and United Arab Emirates University Associate Professor Dr. Fady Al Najjar. “These new devices are designed to be easy to install on any elevator, enabling companies to quickly introduce this additional protection against the virus. We are proud to introduce Tchk for the first time across the globe at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and will continue to support the nation in overcoming this outbreak.”

The investment by Abu Dhabi Airports reflects its commitment to containing the spread of COVID-19, according to the announcement, as well as its commitment to smooth and seamless travel experiences.

Etihad Airlines recently installed biometric kiosks from Elenium Automation to screen for symptoms of illness building on a partnership to leverage biometrics for seamless passenger journeys. Etihad is the national airline of the UAE, and Abu Dhabi is the country’s capital.

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to drive the market for contactless biometrics to $70 billion by 2023, according to Future Market Insights.

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