UAE Records World’s Largest Civil Integrated Biometrics Data

Created: 2012-10-20 06:16 EST

Emirates ID world’s largest database of civil integrated biometrics.
An employee of the Guatemalan Interior Ministry shows how fingerprints are taken during the presentation of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in Guatemala. (JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) has announced that it’s in possession of the world’s largest database of civil integrated biometrics. 

The database was initiated in 2004.  In 2009, new strategy implementation ensured the project was moving forward towards the completion of a sophisticated, world-class population register system. 
For every citizen or resident in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the system issues and records a unique identification number linked to his/her biometric characteristics such as fingerprints.
The UAE’s official website reports that, as of October 11th 2012, the database contains a total of around 103-million decimal and rounded fingerprints, as well as palm and hand prints, and over 15-million facial prints and digital signatures.
Emirates ID announced that an official application has been put forward to the World Record Academy to register its attempt to achieve a record—the first of its kind in the world—which would bring new international recognition.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Mohamed Al Khouri explains on the Emirates ID official website that, the database will be contributing to various projects “aimed at enhancing the security and advancement of society, as well as supporting e-government projects through authenticating personal identity in e-transactions conducted over the Internet, thus contributing to hindering the risk of identity theft that increases day by day worldwide.”
Emirates ID world’s largest database of civil integrated biometrics.