Jordan: Authorities to use iris-scanners to register Syrian refugees
Iris scanners could be used at airports, border crossings, and other security checkpoints, in the search for criminals and terror suspects. [amazonaws]
Brig. Gen. Wadah Hmoud, director of Syrian refugee camps administration, said on Thursday that service cards will be distributed to Syrian refugees using iris-scanning technology.
Hmoud said the administration has equipped a centre in Ribaa Al Sarhan region in Mafraq Governorate with an iris scanner to document all information about Syrian refugees coming to Jordan, adding that such a device has already been installed in the Zaatari Refugee Camp and will be operational within a few days.
He also said that 39 out of 108 police stations in regions hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees have been provided with iris scanners.
Hmoud put the total number of Syrian refugees in the Kingdom since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011 at around 581,414, of which 124,892 reside in refugee camps.