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IrisGuard security solutions solve UAE border control challenges
Source: BI-ME , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 12:00 am

UAE. The IrisGuard homeland security flagship product Iris Expellee Tracking System focuses on border security by inhibiting the illegal entry of persons into any sovereign state.

IrisGuard Iris Expellee Tracking System - based on the company's Iris Farm Architecture (IFA) - has been operating in the United Arab Emirates since 2001 when the UAE launched a national border-crossing security initiative. Today all of the UAE’s land, air and sea ports of entry are equipped with IrisGuard systems.

All foreign nationals who possess a visa to enter the UAE can be instantly processed through IrisGuard IG-H100 iris cameras installed at all primary and auxiliary immigration inspection points. Immigration concerns are of the utmost importance in the UAE and in the Gulf region in general and IrisGuard biometric technology is an indispensable support systems that determine who is allowed entry to the United Arab Emirates and who is not.

The database against which all in-bound visitors are checked is a “negative watch-list” of persons who are denied entry for a variety of reasons, including security concerns, past violations, previous imprisonment, travelling under false documents, or work permit violations. Some 80% of the residents of the UAE are foreign nationals. Many who have overstayed their work permits or committed other violations can now be identified and expelled, using the new technology.

The total number of Iris templates in the watch-list database, as of April 2007 was approximately 1,100,000, spanning 160 nationalities, providing a unique ethnic distribution which offers additional evidence of the universality of iris recognition. On a typical day some 10,000 persons enter the UAE, each applicant must submit to the iris recognition check. This process generates about 11 billion iris comparisons daily.

Since the start of the deployment, nearly 8 trillion (8 million million) iris comparisons have been performed, over the networked IrisFarm architecture that computes Iris templates at the local ports of entry and sends them over a variety of communication channels to the central cold storage database at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters for exhaustive comparison. Algorithms were developed by Professor John Daugman of Cambridge University, to locate the eyes and compute Iris templates from the random texture that is visible in the iris, for later recognition in a pure One to Many (1:n) search where no tokens are used.

IrisGuard has deployed over 140 IG-H100 Iris cameras throughout the country. In live operation, each presenting iris is compared exhaustively against all in the watch-list database in less than two seconds. To date, over 143,000 foreigners (deportees) have been apprehended trying to re-enter the UAE often carrying false travel documents. The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters reported, that so far, there has been no matches found that were not confirmed by police records.

Imad Malhas, CEO of IrisGuard, commented: "When used at a border inspection points, IrisGuard biometric solution plays a preponderant role in identifying a person whether their travel documents (visas and passports) are valid or not.

"With a land boundaries over 800 kilometres long (Oman, Saudi Arabia) and a coastline of over 1,300 kilometres complicates border-control process somewhat. Nevertheless our solution keeps finding perpetrators, day-in and day-out."

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