UAE deploys Iris-based border control system

Published March 19th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

The General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police and Iridian Technologies have established together the first National Iris-based Expellees Tracking and Border Control System. The project, which started in August 2001, involves the enrollment of inmates and expellees from geographically distributed prisons and deportation centers throughout United Arab Emirates (UAE) into a central datebase. 


The Iris real-time database can reveal if arriving passengers at any UAE border point had been expelled from the country. The system has been rolled-out nationally in all six International Airports, over 15 Prisons and Deportation Centers, and all 10 Sea and Land Border Points in the UAE.  


The Central Iris Database of all expellees has been operational since October 2002 with over 100,000 travelers checked and dozens of persons have already been caught from all entry points. Rawa Trading the local Iridian Technologies partner has carried out all the installations and provided on-site training and support to the UAE Police staff operating the system at the various locations throughout the UAE.  


US-based Iridian Technologies offers security for public-use applications such as simplified passenger travel and border control, restricted access and information access. — (

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