Morpho (Safran) has signed a major deal with the United Arab Emirates which will see the French biometric security firm deploy a range of multi-modal biometric technologies and systems at the emirates’ major international airports. The contract includes the implementation of a fully integrated multi-biometric border control system, including the delivery of 96 e-Gates and 94 e-Counters, in five major airports across the UAE. Abu Dhabi airport will be the first, in spring 2015.
Morpho has been awarded the contract through Electronic Identity Management and Security Solutions, a UAE-based company engaged in technology consulting and the implementation of digital identity and security business solutions. The system features Morpho’s Finger on-the-Fly technology, a touchless way of capturing fingerprints via a simple wave of the hand that is designed to maximise passenger throughput. The e-Border project is spearheading the use of the iris and face recognition for border control, featuring Morpho Iris-at-a-Distance (IAD) cameras, with the world’s fastest operational capture time (less than 1 second for simultaneous capture of iris and face).
Meanwhile, an integrated border control system in Abu Dhabi will interface with existing Ministry of Interior systems, such as the Visa Enrollment Centers for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to the Ministry of Interior, Morpho already supplies security systems to numerous government agencies and organizations within the UAE. These customers include the Abu Dhabi Police, Emirates Identity Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Airports Company and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.