UAE govt to use facial, iris scans in two years
06 December 2016 15:33 GMT

The Emirates Identity Authority has said facial-recognition and iris scans will be used to confirm identity in government applications by 2018.

Those two methods will be used by government departments to identify customers within two years, reports The National – it already uses fingerprint identification.

"Iris scans and facial recognition are very important add-ons to our system," said Shukri Al Braiki, a director at the authority.

"You use biometrics to ensure that you avoid duplicating a record, which means issuing more than one ID number to the same person.

"We avoid that through fingerprints but when you depend on one factor in biometrics, there is always room for error. So the accuracy is 99.5 to 99.8 per cent but that could increase to 99.95 per cent if you have several biometric technologies."

The newspaper notes that iris scans and fingerprints are already in use for travellers at airports.

"We want to cope with the advances in using such technologies, such as e-gates," Mr Al Braiki said. "We’re also looking into other biometrics such as voice and motion, but that will take much longer compared to the others."