Police makes way for e-gate

The Abu Dhabi Police is out in full force at Gitex as it promotes the use of the e-gate card system among the citizens and residents of the UAE. It is also displaying the latest technology that the department uses to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the police force.

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By  Caroline Denslow Published  September 27, 2005

The Abu Dhabi Police is out in full force at Gitex as it promotes the use of the e-gate card system among the citizens and residents of the UAE. It is also displaying the latest technology that the department uses to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the police force. For instance, it is demonstrating at the show a high-tech eye scan technology. The technology is used as an identification technique, which Talal Alahmed, manager of technical support of the Abu Dhabi Police, says is proving very effective. “We have installed a private system for eye scan. This system relies on the system photographing the iris of the eye. It is considered to be the most accurate identification method due to several reasons, the most important of which is the fact that the human eye iris remains stable with no change at one year of age until death,” explains Alahmed. The new system, which has been installed recently, is now being used by the Ministry of Immigration for visa processing, among others. The Abu Dhabi Police is also showing its latest traffic radar system. According to Alahmed, the new radar equipment can capture much higher resolution images, allowing them to clearly identify license plate numbers. And unlike its older version, the device is connected to the police headquarters’ network so that all images are immediately linked to its traffic management system. “With the older radar technology, we have to physically get the films out of each device on a regular basis,” Alahmed says. The new radar devices are now installed along the Abu Dhabi-Dubai route and the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain route as well. At the stand, the police department is also presenting its online kiosks, which offers several e-services including car registration, driver’s license application and registration, and paying of traffic fines. The kiosks, says Alahmed are installed in public places, such as shopping malls. The Abu Dhabi Police has also created a special online portal for members of its department. Called the e-club, it allows members of the police force to access personal information online, such as their contracts, salary and other related files.

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