UAE: facial recognition instead of identity card readers Emirates will now verify identity

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has announced the launch of an improved version of the facial recognition system for the digital certification portal.
Image credit: screenshot / ICA

Dubai: The next time you visit a bank or government center, your face and Emirates ID will now be linked. Instead of having your Emirates ID card scanned, a new facial recognition system will identify you within three seconds. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has announced the launch of an improved version of the facial recognition system for the digital certification portal.

This is a new generation of digital facial recognition certification services that will replace an ID card reader.

The introduction of the reformed digital certification is a “Year of the 50” project and also in line with the UAE’s “Go Digital” program, which aims to digitize government service centers.

Previously, the ICA had announced upgrades to the Emirates ID, with new features including a 3D image using laser printing technology to show the cardholder’s date of birth.

Who can benefit from the facial recognition service?

This service is available to all valid Emirates ID card holders over the age of fifteen. The faceprint is activated by your passport number and your unified number, also known as a UID, which is a unique nine-digit code on the residence visa page of your passport.

How it works?

Instead of reading card and passport data, private and public services will be able to extract this information from your facial print. The digital certification system is available for the following sectors:

• Government and public entities

Procedure for government customer service stations

In departmental customer happiness centers, here is how facial recognition technology will be used:

• A station employee will use a facial recognition camera.

• Your faceprint will be used to match your Emirates ID in the system.

• Once paired, you will receive a One Time Password (OTP), which you will need to provide to the employee.

• He or she will then enter the OTP. Once the OTP is entered, the digital verification service will display your residence details as well as your family and dependents tree, which will show family members under your sponsorship and other identity-related information. and citizenship.

Facial scanning on self-service machines and smart apps

ICA facial recognition

The technology is also used for smart applications.
Image credit: screenshot / ICA

The same facial recognition system will also be used on self-service machines and smart apps, where you can use facial recognition to log in or create an account on any government smartphone app.

This will further streamline processes related to government procedures, allowing candidates to apply for various departments without the need to visit a customer satisfaction center.

For example, the “ICA UAE” smartphone app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, allows applicants to apply UAE identity, residence and citizenship services.

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