DNRD improves e-Gate system

Dubai's Department of Naturalisation & Residency (DNRD) is planning further innovation of its e-Gate solution. Currently, Dubai residents can drop by the department's office on the first floor of the departures area of the airport; get their finger prints scanned and be issued with a card in less than 20 minutes.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 29, 2003

Dubai's Department of Naturalisation & Residency (DNRD) is planning further innovation of its e-Gate solution. Currently, Dubai residents can drop by the department's office on the first floor of the departures area of the airport; get their finger prints scanned and be issued with a card in less than 20 minutes. However, future innovations could include an iris scanner and even facial recognition application.

"We use fingerprint [recognition], but we are starting to evaluate other biometrics. We are evaluating iris scans right now for their user friendliness," says Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Lootah, head of the IT section, DNRD.

"We are evaluating face recognition. We have a R&D project looking at what we can do. We are working with several third party providers to expand face recognition," he adds.

At the time of going to press, DNRD had issued approximately 40,000 e-Gate cards to residences of Dubai. "This project has been very well received," adds Lt. Col. Lootah.

To learn more about the e-Gate solution, DNRD is urging visitors to drop into its booth on the e-Government stand.

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