UAE Cabinet Approves Pilot Trial Of Facial Recognition Technology Into Public Service To Minimize Paper Work

From introducing VAST – Vehicular Attention and Safety Tracker for vehicles on road to successfully sending an orbiter to Mars, the United Arab Emirates has been recently very busy testing and expanding its boundaries in science and technology. 

On February 14 the UAE cabinet held at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, along with H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, approved the proposal from Ministry of Interior on facial reading technology with other several decisions made.

“In a meeting today, we have approved a facial recognition technology to verify the identity of individuals instead of submitting a lot of documents,” H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a tweet. “The initiative will be expanded if it proves to be successful.”

“The future of government work will be different in the coming decades,” H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tweeted.

Now, the country is ready to trail face recognition technology to the public for the purpose of providing services from government and private sectors. The technology aims to cut the paperwork or paper documentation that has so far been used as an identification tool. 

The Ministry of Interior (MOI), who put forward the proposal, will expand the utilization of the technology after the completion of the test period. During the trial phase, the MOI will set up a set of services using facial recognition technology in some private sector institutions. The cabinet also formed a new team whose main task will be to automate government work using remote communication application. 

The UAE Vice-President also emphasized that the success of the Hope mission is a result of determination and persistence shown by Emirati youth.

“Our country celebrates the Hope probe braking into orbit around Mars, a historic milestone that marks the beginning of the coming 50 years,” he said in the cabinet meeting.

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