Monday, July 21, 2008

Face recognition system to be installed at all UAE entry points

Face recognition system to be installed at all UAE entry points
By Samir Salama, Associate Editor
Published: July 20, 2008, 15:34

Abu Dhabi: In an attempt to enhance homeland security and deliver the highest level of public safety, a biometric face recognition system will soon be installed at all entry points in the UAE.

The highly-advanced technology will be used for the first time in the world, said Major Dr Fawwaz Khalil Dawood, head of the committee in charge of the system at the Interior Minister’s office.

"The system will perform identification checks of all people who enter the country and those at transit lounges from a distance and without their active participation," he said.

A facial recognition system verifies a person from a digital image or a video frame by comparing selected facial features from the image and a facial database.

The system analyzes the relative position, size and shape of the eyes, nose, cheekbones and jaw.

It also identifies a face from a range of angles, including a profile view.

The technology was launched by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at Abu Dhabi international Airport last week.

How it works

The face recognition system performs identification checks on all people who enter the country from a distance and without the subjects’ active participation.

It ensures the person who checks in is the rightful holder of the passport.

The system also ensures the resident who enters the country is the same person who went out of the country.

It integrates the iris recognition system, currently being deployed at 35 land, sea and air border point across the UAE.
It takes just two seconds from the time of capturing the image to the time of responses and has a 0.5 per cent error.

The iris recognition system has blocked more than 250,000 deportees, who attempted to return to the country on forged documents, ever since it was deployed in 2003.

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