New Research from LogicaCMG highlights Continued Optimism over Biometrics

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Dubai Quality Group (DQG), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the general performance level of the local business environment, recently hosted a special workshop on biometrics the innovative range of technologies that use physical characteristics to ensure accurate identification.

The region has witnessed a number of major announcements regarding biometric technology in recent months, with the launch of the first biometric-enabled ATMs in the UAE, as well as the news that biometrics will be deployed as part of the allocation of visas to travel to the UK for GCC residents.

A number of other major industries including aviation, government and energy facilities are investigating the potential of deploying biometric electronic identity solutions, to improve security and reduce the risk of identity theft.

To respond to the increasing interest from its members, DQG invited a representative of LogicaCMG one of the pioneers in the field of biometric technology to outline how biometric systems work and discuss the feasibility of their application in different sectors in the United Arab Emirates.

Liaquat Parkar, Lead Consultant, LogicaCMG Middle East, addressed the group. The fact that this meeting drew senior figures from across the business community reflects the widespread interest being generated by the potential of biometric technology. Both in the Middle East and Europe, were talking with a wide range of organisations who are engaged and excited by the potential of biometrics to enhance security and streamline processes, said Parkar.

During the session, LogicaCMG discussed the results of its most recent electronic identity research. The study shows that the people surveyed continue to feel positively about the introduction of biometrics and anticipate a wide range of major benefits in the near future, including better protection against identity theft.

Dubai Quality Group aims to provide an environment for its members to meet and exchange ideas, information, and expertise. An area like biometrics has major potential for many UAE industries. This is a good example of a field where we can provide thought leadership, said Mr. Marwan A. Al Sawaleh, Chairman, Dubai Quality Group.

Most people surveyed would be happy to provide the biometric data to register their identity documentation. 83% would be happy providing fingerprints with 66% happy to submit to a digital photo of their eyes.

Tim Best, director, global identity solutions, LogicaCMG, explained what this means for the biometrics industry and those organisations looking to deploy the technology, Firstly this continued high level of acceptance is very encouraging we are rapidly approaching a tipping point where peoples concerns over the technology are outweighed by their optimism.

However a significant proportion of people remain undecided and it now falls to both the biometrics industry and those organisations that want to deploy the technology to reach out to these groups and demonstrate the benefits biometrics and electronic identity technology can bring, he added.

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