The UAE government is all set to trial a facial recognition technology to further develop the services provided by the private and government sectors. The new technology is expected to facilitate services to the public at any time and place without the need for traditional means of identification such as official documents.
As the UAE pushes for its goal of going fully digital, residents, including expats and foreign workers, can expect to benefit from faster and more accurate transactions in the country.
New Facial Recognition Technology to be Tried in UAE – Sheikh Mohammed
The development came as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, chaired a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, the Khaleej Times reported.
In a tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said, “In a meeting today, we have approved a facial recognition technology to verify the identity of individuals instead of submitting a lot of documents. The initiative will be expanded if it proves to be successful.”
اعتمدنا خلال اجتماعنا اليوم بدء تجربة بصمة الوجه في بعض خدمات القطاع الخاص للتأكد من الهوية الشخصية للأفراد بدل تقديم الكثير من الأوراق للتأكد من البيانات الشخصية .. تجربة تقودها وزارة الداخلية وفي حال نجاحها سيتم تعميمها .. لتسهيل حياة المتعاملين pic.twitter.com/VLLO1JQvv2
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2021
The initiative was a proposal by the Ministry of Interior. It aims to expand the use of the technology after the completion of the trial period.
In line with this, a set of services integrating the technology will be launched in some private sector institutions during the pilot phase.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also approved the formation of a new committee to automate government work through “remote communication applications”.
In the same tweet, Sheikh Mohammed pointed out: “The future of government work will be different in the coming decades.”
During the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid emphasized that the success of the Hope Probe is a result of determination and persistence shown by Emirati youth.