CAIRO — Arab League states have agreed to introduce a biometric
system to protect their borders and also speed security procedures.
Arab border security chiefs have endorsed the procurement and
installation of biometric systems at airports and sea ports. The chiefs
convened in an Arab League session in Tunisia on July 17 as part of efforts
to bolster security coordination.
"It's clear that biometrics would be vital in controlling the flow of
terrorists and criminals in our countries," a participant said.
A statement by the Arab security chiefs endorsed the Iris Recognition
Immigration System, or IRIS, for border control, Middle East Newsline reported. The statement said the
system would enable arrivals to enter any country without examination by
an immigration officer.
Also In This Edition
"Instead they can walk up to an automated barrier, look into a camera,
and if the system recognizes them they can walk through the immigration
counter," an Arab official said.
IRIS has so far been deployed at 35 land, sea and air border point
the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the system requires two seconds to
identify the image. They said the error rate is 0.5 percent.
Under the recommendation, the biometric system would facilitate the flow
of tourists and executives in the Arab world. Officials said frequent
visitors would first be eligible to use IRIS.
The Arab security chiefs also agreed to streamline land border points
and the exchange of intelligence. They also recommended that one border
point per country would be designated for motorists.