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UAE businesses will soon access information directly from the ICP database

The new system, known as Akeed, is scheduled to be implemented later this year or next year.

He Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) will soon launch a new system that will allow private sector companies to obtain correct data on residents directly from the ICP database and will also eliminate the need for card readers.

The system was showcased last week during the world’s largest technology exhibition, Gitex Global, at the Dubai World Trade Center from October 16 to 20, 2023.

Currently, Emirates IDs are inserted into card readers to obtain information on residents and citizens from the ICP database.

“Akeed is a new system that will be launched soon. Helps entities in the financial, healthcare, insurance and other sectors obtain the correct information from the ICP database that they need. For example, if a healthcare company needs someone’s name, passport details, or insurance policy, they can get them from the database. This will ensure that each entity has the correct information and will save people and companies time. This service will replace the card reader. So people don’t need to insert their Emirates ID into the card reader.”

he PCI spokesperson he said at the Gitex booth.

Companies can obtain information through Akeed for people who have already been issued Emirates residence permits and IDs.

However, it is unclear at this time whether this service will be free or businesses will have to pay a fee for the service.

Smart initiatives

This was one of several smart initiatives launched by the ICP at Gitex Global.

During the event, ICP revealed that it was working on a model project through which the kiosks would allow UAE nationals and expatriates to renew their Emirates passports and IDs instantly. Following the success of the project, these kiosks will be installed in prime locations throughout the country, such as airports and shopping malls.

This will provide UAE nationals and residents with the convenience of submitting their biometric data, renewing their passports and processing Emirates IDs 24/7 in the near future.

Additionally, ICP has introduced a new system that allows citizens and residents to effortlessly cross the Al Ghuwaifat border without having to get out of their vehicles. To use the Smart Land Borders Crossing system, drivers must have their cars registered in their name. The system will scan the car’s license plate and open the first barrier for the driver. In the second step, people will scan their passports, Emirates ID cards and biometric or facial recognition data. Once the ICP system verifies the data, the second barrier will open and allow motorists to leave the country.

ICP was created in 2004 with the name “Emirates Identity Authority” establish the Emirates population registry and identity card programme, which included the registration of personal and vital data of all populations in the state and its maintenance in electronic databases in coordination with the competent authorities, and the issuance of the Emirates ID card for each individual who registered and contain the Emirates ID number, legible data and data stored on an electronic chip, which can be used in all entities.

In 2017, new functions were added, namely citizenship matters, passports, entry and residence of foreigners in the state, and transfer of the terms of reference and powers assigned to the Ministry of Home Affairs to the ICP.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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