UAE announces world’s largest biometric database

October 15, 2012 - 

The Emirates Identity Authority announced yesterday that it possesses the world’s biggest database of biometric information, with around 103 million digital fingerprints and more than 15 million facial recognition records and digital signatures.

To make these numbers even more impressive, the Emirates ID has also submitted an application to the World Record Academy to register recognition of this new kind of record.

World Record Academy is the leading international organisation which certifies world records.

Gulf News reported that the World Record Academy has confirmed that no other government or authority has made a similar claim for such a record, and that per its website, 90 per cent of the new world records applications are verified within three days.

“This is contributing to strengthening national and individual security in the State, as well as supporting the comprehensive development programs in the country” said Dr. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, director general of Emirates ID.

Emirates ID developed a plan in 2009 which contributed to doubling the number of population registers and therefore the fingerprints of individuals over the past three years by six times.

“Providing a comprehensive database of inhabitants’ fingerprints, will contribute and support projects related to Emirates national vision 2021, aimed at enhancing the security and advancement of society,” said Dr. Al Khouri.

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