Samarkand Airport starts biometric checks for arrivals

6 biometric egates at arrivals

Samarkand International Airport (SKD) has introduced an automatic border control system (ABC).

The new system uses biometric egates to process arriving passengers.

It is the first such system in the country and can be expanded for use at air, road, sea and pedestrian checkpoints.

The six ABC egates use facial recognition to automatically identify arriving passengers.

The system incorporates a document reader and high-resolution camera that captures the passengers’ facial biometrics and compares the their live biometric data with their identity document.

Samarkand Airport has introduced six biometric egates that use facial recognition

The ABC system allows for a quick and safe border crossing with minimal involvement of border control officers.

It speeds up the flow of passengers through passport control, while making the process more comfortable and convenient for visitors and eliminating the potential for human error.

A fully digital airport

The airport, run by Air Marakanda, is in the process of becoming fully digital for all its airport and passenger operations with the aim of improving the passenger experience and enhancing operational efficiency.

Other systems in the process allow airlines to share check-in desks and self-service kiosks – the industry names for these are CUPPS and CUSS.

Gayrat Nematov, General Director of airport management company Air Marakanda:

“Air Marakanda provides the most advanced technologies in the new terminal of Samarkand airport that meet international standards, so the implementation of such a project as E-gates is a logical solution for any modern transport facility.

“We are interested in the fact that the latest equipment allows passengers to minimize the time of passing all the necessary procedures. In aviation, the most important principles are safety and comfort, and such a project meets these requirements as much as possible.”


The ABC system was developed by an Uzbekistan company

A major partner in the digitising work is TAV Technologies.

N.B. Image credit: Air Marakanda

Internet links

Air Marakanda

TAV Technologies Airport Digital Services