DNRD investigates iris scanners for e-Gate system

Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD) is looking into the possibility of adding an iris identification system to the e-Gate.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  April 6, 2003

Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD) is looking into the possibility of adding iris identification system to its e-Gate.

DNRD’s e-Gate allows travellers going through Dubai International Airport to avoid the queues at passport control and use a combination of smart cards and fingerprint recognition technology to register their identity with the department.

The addition of iris scanner will enable disabled people and others with fingerprint defects to use the e-Gate.

“A team of 15 IT experts has been assigned the task of finding [alternatives] to the fingerprint scan. The cornea identification may well be an effective option once all aspects are studied. We will find the correct solution shortly to make e-Gate accessible to all,” says Colonel Saeed bin Belailah, director of DNRD.

Eventually, the DNRD would like to open up access to the e-Gate to whole families. Currently, children aren’t allowed to use the system, because their fingerprints haven’t fully evolved.

“Even though e-Gate is working smoothly under the current system of using the e-Card along with a fingerprint scan, we would like to extend its use to a greater cross section of the public, including those with physical handicaps or children under the age of 17 years old whose fingerprints are still changing and cannot be used for identification purposes,” explains Colonel bin Belailah.

Since going live in mid-2002, approximately 11,000 people belonging to 45 nationalities are using the e-Gate.

“This indicates its utility value. In five months, this facility has surpassed expectations. New users continue to register at the two registration points at the Dubai International Airport and DNATA,” says Colonel bin Belailah.

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