Emirates Airlines – in a first ever partnership together with GDRFA (UAE Federal Immigration authority) and Zamna, announced a project on improving passenger airport experience and immigration – in line with Dubai’s futuristic goal to ‘replace immigration officers with AI by 2020’. As part of the Dubai Future, 2019 saw Zamna transforming passenger experience in Dubai airport, and being the only company selected to work directly with Emirates Airlines as well as GDRFA authorities who are jointly responsible for passenger identification, immigration, and border security.
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Pictured: Zamna CEO presenting to an esteemed audience including GDRFA executives and HH Adel Al Redha, COO of Emirates Airlines
The challenge undertaken by VChain and local partners in UAE government (GDRFA) involves improving the level of security and enhancing the passenger experience for transit passengers on Emirates Airlines – with particular focus in Dubai.
Based on the strength of its technology, team and proposition, VChain was chosen by the GDRFA and Emirates Airlines to receive a Golden Ticket for delivering their solution as part of Dubai Futures in 2019.
We’re proud to be working with a government and an airline that are so forward thinking, as we work to achieve something that has never been done in the aviation industry before. Together with our partners, Emirates and the GDRFA, we are delivering innovation that could potentially set a new world standard in improving the immigration and security process with innovative passenger ID checks.
Zamna improved the quality of data relied on by Emirates and GDRFA to process passengers faster while improving security. With Zamna, passengers will be able to transit through Dubai without their passport ever leaving their pocket. Meanwhile, Emirates will be empowered to deliver high integrity verifications about each passenger to the GDRFA, well in advance of that passenger entering the airport.
Pictured: GDRFA executives with the Zamna team at the Emirates Towers in Dubai
The global roll-out of Zamna’s validation platform as IAG’s cross-carrier transformation project demonstrates the maturity of this first ever enterprise blockchain solution for passenger facilitation. Together with IAG, Zamna are leading the transformation of passenger data and aviation security in the industry, delivering the first known implementation of IATA’s One ID.
“Zamna are working with IAG on a group digital transformation project involving British Airways and the other IAG carriers. It is very exciting”
Dupsy Abiola, Global Innovation Officer of the International Airlines Group
IAG are the world’s third largest airline group, and parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Level and Vueling airlines.
Pictured: Zamna CEO at IAG HQ near London’s Heathrow Airport
Zamna is one of the few suppliers in the industry to become a Strategic Partner to IATA, and are an active contributor in both Passenger Facilitation and Aviation Security groups, helping lead the industry development and delivery for One ID.
Zamna are proud winners and current title holders of the inaugural Innovation Award from IATA (the trade association of the world’s airlines). IATA (International Air transport Association) consists of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 82% of total available seat miles air traffic. The award was judged by members at the annual Global Aviation Passenger Symposium in Athens, recognising Zamna with an overwhelming majority vote as a strategically important innovation, delivering on IATA’s vision of One ID.
Zamna have contributed several white papers to IATA’s consultations; shared practical learnings to help shape the One ID technical proposal; and presented on stage at both the GAPS (Global Annual Passenger Symposium) as well as IATA’s annual AvSec (Aviation security) gathering in 2018-2019.
As part of our work with IATA Strategic Working Groups, the Zamna team attend meetings and deliver insights from their first working implementation of One ID principles into live use cases in commercial aviation, and actively contribute to peer reviewed learnings which shape wider industry recommendations.
Pictured: IATA officials and Zamna team at Global Airport & Passenger Symposium