New biometric system to expedite travel through UAE

Very soon, travelers transiting in and out the UAE could speed their way through the immigration checkpoint, thanks to an integrated biometrics system launched by the Ministry of Interior.

The system, which include iris scanning, facial and fingerprints recognition will also be able to detect false passports.

Biometrics at Dubai International Airport
«There are numerous challenges inherent to security in the region,» said Colonel Barakat Al Kendi, the ministry’s head of systems development and chairman of e-transformation strategy.

«The UAE need a strong security system that allows it to screen and track all passengers.»

The Dubai International Airport expects this year more than 80 million passengers, and transit in Abu Dhabi is expected to grow by 20 percent over the number of passengers last year.

«The project gives continuity to other plans to develop our airports and equip them with the latest technologies,» said Colonel Al Kendi.

The Ministry will collect personal data from passengers in collaboration with the National Identity Authority, and then they will be able to use the e-gates.

The e-gates may also be used by people with special needs, as their main biometric technology is eye scan, said Col. Al Kendi.

Facial recognition will cross check a traveler’s face with the photo of an electronic passport to help discover forged or lost passports.

«Everyone in the UAE has hadtheir fingerprints registered,» Kendi said.

«The new system will use fingerprint screening to check for any related restrictions against passengers, while non-residents will be screened using the iris scan.»

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