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Biometrics potential discussed

Dubai, July 3, 2007

Dubai Quality Group (DQG) recently hosted a special workshop on biometrics to discuss the feasibility of their application in the UAE.

DQG is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising the general performance level of the local business environment.

The region has witnessed a number of major announcements regarding biometric technology  – the innovative range of technologies that use physical characteristics to ensure accurate identification, said a DQG official.

A number of other major industries including aviation, government and energy facilities are investigating the potential of deploying biometric electronic identity solutions, to improve security and reduce the risk of identity theft, he said.

The launch of the first biometric-enabled ATMs in the UAE, as well as the news that biometrics will be deployed as part of the allocation of visas to travel to the UK for GCC residents has given a boost to the sector.

To respond to the increasing interest from its members, DQG invited a representative of LogicaCMG, one of the pioneers in the field of biometric technology, to outline how biometric systems work and discuss the feasibility of their application in different sectors in the UAE.

Addressing the gathering, Liaquat Parkar, LogicaCMG Middle East lead consultant, said the potential of biometric technology had generated widespread interest from industries.

'Both in the Middle East and Europe, we are talking with a wide range of organisations who are engaged and excited by the potential of biometrics to enhance security and streamline processes,” Parkar noted.

During the session, LogicaCMG also discussed the results of its most recent electronic identity research. 

 The study shows that the people surveyed continue to feel positively about the introduction of biometrics and anticipate a wide range of major benefits in the near future, including better protection against identity theft.

“DQG aims to provide an environment for its members to meet and exchange ideas, information, and expertise. An area like biometrics has major potential for many UAE industries. This is a good example of a field where we can provide – thought leadership,” said DQG Chairman Marwan A. Al Sawaleh. TradeArabia News Service




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