In a world first, Abu Dhabi Airports has introduced new touchless technology across 53 elevators at Abu Dhabi International Airport, helping to prevent cross-infection from interacting with elevator buttons and enable a Covid-19-free airport environment.

The new Touch-less Keypad Technology (Tchk) was designed and manufactured by Meta Touch, a start-up based at the UAE University Science and Innovation Park, which develops innovative solutions designed to support health and safety. Users need not touch but simply waving their hands in front of the panel to indicate the desired floor or direction.

“The installation of the new technology across our elevators at Abu Dhabi International Airport is a significant development in ensuring the safety of all our guests and travellers,” said Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“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,” said Dr Fady Al Najjar, ssociate Professor at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and CEO of Meta Touch.

This new technology follows the recent introduction of robots designed to support with the sterilisation of staff areas, cargo facilities, and passenger aircraft cabins, as well SterixGates sterilisation booths designed to safely disinfect a person within as little as three seconds.

Other new technologies developed to contain Covid-19 at Abu Dhabi International Airport include thermal scanning cameras that incorporate the latest Artificial Intelligence technology, as well cameras with facial recognition capabilities and heat motion sensors to track the movements of people, including those potentially infected with Covid-19.

The new measures are being implemented alongside the existing extensive range of preventative measures, which include nasal swabbing and testing, as well as other measures recommended by the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention, a release said.

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