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Abu Dhabi Iris Tracking system picks up award.

IrisGuard : 02 November, 2007  (New Product)
Technical superiority of iris biometric system in Abu Dhabi recognised in UAE award ceremony.
The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters has won the 2007 Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence. The Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance was awarded to the Abu Dhabi Police in the award category "Excellent Technical Project" for its outstanding technical performance and effective and tangible role in boosting national security and police work through its distinguished pioneering of the Iris Expellee Tracking System (IETS) developed by IrisGuard and nationally deployed by Abu Dhabi Police. On behalf of Abu Dhabi Police, Brigadier Ahmad Naser Al-Raisi, Director of Central Operations accepted the award from H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander in Chief of the UAE Armed forces in a grand ceremony at the Emirates Palace on Wednesday the 31st of October 2007.
The move towards establishing the Abu Dhabi Award for excellence in Government came as a natural response to the inevitable need for change required by the UAE leadership to achieve Excellence in organisational performance in terms of the services given to all stakeholders.

The award focuses on the development of people competencies, processes and system's improvements and the simplification of procedures and optimum utilization of Information Technology leading to E-Governance implementation in the Government of Abu Dhabi. With over thirty technical projects submitted from all government agencies and ministries, this Excellence award attests to the superiority and robustness of the IrisGuard solution based on the Iris Farm Architecture (IFA) and IrisGuard Camera platforms.

The IrisGuard award winning IETS Homeland security solution focuses on border security by inhibiting the illegal entry of persons into the UAE. IrisGuard IETS solution is based on the Iris Farm Architecture (IFA) which has been operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2001 when the UAE first launched the world's first iris 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 are processed through IrisGuard IG-H100 iris cameras installed at all primary and auxiliary immigration inspection points, such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airports to name a few.

Working in real partnership with AD Police, under the guidance of H H Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan the Minister of Interior, IrisGuard and Abu Dhabi Police have deployed over 140 IG-H100 iris cameras throughout the country. In live operations, over 13 million persons have been inspected; each presented iris is compared exhaustively against all templates in the 1.4 million watch-list database in less than 2 seconds. To date, over 183,000 foreigners (deportees) have been apprehended trying to re-enter the UAE often carrying false travel documents.

The Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance emphasizes the need to achieve fullest customer satisfaction (locals / foreigners) and such trends from now on, shall be regularly monitored and published for the benefit of all government departments. Commented H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander in Chief of the UAE Armed forces.

We congratulate our partners at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters for winning this prestigious award and consider ourselves privileged to have participated from its inception as the prime contractor in this exciting and challenging Homeland Security project; we look forward to further successes and ground-breaking deployments in the UAE and beyond, commented Mr Imad Malhas, CEO IrisGuard.

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