Start Issuing E-Passports to Locals in March

Start Issuing E-Passports to Locals in March
Al Khaleej 21/11/2010
Ministry of Interior has announced the completion of the draft electronic passport for citizens, which will begin operating by the end of next March, and applies to all citizens, so that the replacement of expired passports with electronic passports will be on the dates of renewal through the state departments of Nationality.

Major-General Mattar Salim bin Msied AlNeyadi General Manager of Electronic Services and Communications in Ministry of the Interior project leader for electronic passport, confirmed for «AlBayan» that it has been completed to review the final specifications for the design and security features for preliminary electronic passports printing forms, for all types of the UAE state, as was evaluated the preliminary version for multiple operating systems for the project.

Including procedures of Applied functions of the registration units, printing and delivery of electronic passports, including the mechanisms of integration and interdependence between the various databases relevant, where the assessment of the achievements of the executing Company and ensuring the compatibility of components of the project with the latest technology and the technical specifications and global security in issuing e-passports, According to the project work plan, the anticipated date of completion of its full implementation will be during the month of March 2011.

He said that the electronic passport will be granted to all UAE nationals, without exception, and that when start the application and run the project, new e-passport will be given to the holders of ordinary passports «current» at the end of the validity period, so as to replace their expired passports with e-passports on dates of renewal through Nationality departments in the country.

Major General Al-Neyadi, explained that the most important objectives of the project taking into account that e-passport includes the newest technologies and security features, which are compatible with international standards in this regard, where the added features of high security make the process of tampering with and falsifying passport virtually impossible, and allow the specialists examine the passport Book and direct diagnosis of any attempts to tamper with or falsify the content of the passport book.

He added: the project's objectives also apply the latest printing technology, which enhances the clarity of data text and barometric printed on the data page of the passport holder, as well as an electronic chip with a storage capacity large allows storage of all text data from the barometric for the purposes of audit and complete the procedures outlets border of the State and other States dealing with those types of passports, quickly and securely, it is worth mentioning that the presence of the chip will provide additional services in the future to holders of passports, including E-Gates services and others.

In response to a question about fees to be imposed when issuing the e-passport, Al-Neyadi said: the collection of fees for issuance of a normal passport (current), will be the collection of fees for issuance at the start of the application of e-passport, which will stop the issuance of normal passports and are issued Electronics passports instead, to continue to work regular passports for the duration of the current validity which is five years from the date of issuance, the issuance of e-passport will not affect the validity of the current passports, as long as it is valid.

And about how to deal with the passport globally, Al-Neyadi pointed out that: despite the high security features for e-passport, it is also carries all the advantages of regular passport, in addition to the electronic chip to store the text data and barometric.

Where show the full data passport holder on the data page, like the normal passport, allowing all countries to deal with it according to the work contexts internationally accepted documents and passports.

With regard to countries that have the potential of modern technology to deal with electronic passports, they will be able to read text data and barometric of the chip found in the book of the passport, making it easier to audit and exit procedures for holders of e-passport at airports and ports of those countries.

Al-Neyadi confirmed that the project of issuance of electronic passport is the implementation of the directives of HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on the basis of his keenness to keep pace with global technological developments and use of modern technologies of today.

As distinct from the normal passport, with the properties of high security and an electronic chip containing «passport holder » data text and barometric, With the availability of property reading mechanism for e-passport, linked to the consolidated database, which helps to speed verification of the required data of arrivals and departures at airports, ports and border posts in the State.
 

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