Advanced screening at UAE customs from March

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 24 February 2020: The Federal Customs Authority (FCA), has announced the launch of the Smart Mobile Passenger Inspection Unit, which will be put into use early next month in the country’s customs centres and land, air and sea entry and exit points.

The unit includes six types of smart inspection devices in one vehicle, designed by Emirati employees.

Muteb Al Bannai, Director of the Customs Inspection Department at the FCA, said that the unit will carry out many inspection duties, such as X-raying baggage and cargo checks.

The unit will be equipped with x-ray scanners for luggage, parcels, narcotics, explosives and weapons, precious metals and forged documents, said Wam.

Al Bannai  reviewed the vehicle’s features, which includes a bag scanner and a command and control room that controls its smart inspection devices, which will enable customs officers and inspectors to remotely control them. The unit will also feature facial recognition and enable users to access data from one location, as well as radiation detection equipment, an infra-red scanner, and a metal and weapons detector.

The unit is designed to carry out all customs-inspection tasks, and ensure that customs stations can maintain the best standards required by the FCA. These tasks include detecting radioactive material, covering checkpoints with closed-circuit television, supporting outlets in times of crises and emergencies, and remotely controlling relevant equipment.