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Fingerprint scanners likely at entry points for expats

A project to take fingerprints of expats as they enter the country, rather than waiting for a couple of days to take these at various government centres, has been introduced, a senior official said.

Brig. Nasser Abdullah al-Mahmoud, Director of Criminal Evidence and Information Department (CEID) at the Interior Ministry, said that the trial phases of the project will begin in four months’ time.

The apparatus, which will be installed at Hamad International Airport (HIA) first, and thereafter, at all other entry and exit points shortly, will scan fingerprints. The new machines would bear an essential security feature to ensure the identity of the people entering the country, and ban the entry of “wanted” people, locally and internationally, apart from those with court sentences against them, even if they have changed their passports or data.

The new fingerprint machines would be among the most sophisticated in the world and linked to the department data base, which includes about 5million fingerprints.

As per the new system, expatriates will have to make their fingerprint registration even before the medical commission check-ups, within five days of their arrival into the country.

Apart from this, the security patrols will have a handheld apparatus in the size of a smartphone, to check fingerprints of people and identify them immediately, thereby reducing the need to take them to any security department.

This new initiative is due to the fact that Qatar is currently a destination for several important events and activities, and hence, huge numbers of people from across the world flock to Qatar.




Posted on 16/11/2016

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