UN honours Emirates' national ID programme
Abu Dhabi, July 6, 2014
The Emirates Identity Authority's National ID Registration Program has been recognised as ‘one of the world’s best biometric programmes’ by the United Nations in its e-Government Survey 2014.
The authority was commended for its world-class biometric enrolment of the entire population, according to the ‘E-Government Survey 2014: E-Government for the Future We Want’ report, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
“The deployment of the Emirates ID Authority’s Biometric Enrolment by the Emirates ID Authority as part of the National ID Registration Program is recognised as one of the world’s best biometric programmes. Emirates ID Authority collects finger prints of all the citizens and legal residents above the age of 15 in the country,” said the report.
“It is mandatory for everyone residing in the country to be registered in the National Population Register. Considering the unique demographic composition of the country where expatriates amount to nearly 90 per cent of the population, the biometric enrolment is part of the mandatory health certification for all expatriates, making it convenient for the residents. The current database boasts of over a 105 million prints of rolled fingerprints, plan and hand side prints, in addition to over 15 million facial images.
“The best two finger prints are stored in a secure, encrypted container in the Smart Card that is issued as the National ID Card. The Smart Card is provided with a Match-On-Card Applet which allows for a biometric verification and authentication enabling assertion of an individual’s identity on demand. The security on the ID Card is ensured by the encrypted containers which is enabled only through the National Validation Gateway. All the biometrics, data transmission and protocols are as per ANSI and/or ISO Standards.”
Dr Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, director general of the Emirates Identity Authority, said: “It is a tribute to the noble vision of the UAE’s leadership. I hope this will inspire other countries in the region and elsewhere to embark on innovative identity management initiatives whose advantages straddle diverse spheres, including financial and capital markets, national security and good governance.”
“Our current initiatives in providing trust services and mobile ID services are expected to bring about significant transformations in sync with the other smart initiatives in the country,” he added. - TradeArabia News Service