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Border contract

Morpho (Safran), through eIMASS, has been awarded the e-Border management project by the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates. The e-Border project combines biometric technologies, automation and system integration.

The contract covers multi-biometric border control, including the delivery of 96 e-Gates and 94 e-Counters, in five airports across the UAE. Abu Dhabi airport will be the first, in spring 2015. The system features Morpho’s Finger on-the-Fly, which is described as a touchless way of capturing fingerprints, via a wave of the hand, in only one second, the French product firm says.

In a similar way to fingerprint recognition, the e-Border project is featuring Morpho Iris-at-a-Distance (IAD) cameras, with an operational capture time of less than one second for simultaneous capture of iris and face, the product firm says.

Following the e-Border pilot project in 2012 in Abu Dhabi, the new border control system interfaces with Ministry of Interior systems, such as the Visa Enrollment Centers for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and CEO of Morpho, said: “This contract solidifies our long-standing working relationship with the police and border authorities of the UAE. We believe that our partnership is a truly winning combination, and one that will make a positive contribution to the future of border control in the UAE.”

And Major General Dr Ahmed Naser Al Raisi, Director General Central Operations of Abu Dhabi Police, added: “Morpho has the proven technology and local expertise which enable them to fully understand our needs and expectations for the e-Border project. We have every confidence in their ability to successfully support us in one of most important of our nation-wide projects.”

Morpho adds that it already supplies security systems to numerous government agencies and bodies in the UAE. These include the Abu Dhabi Police, Emirates Identity Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Airports Company and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Visit


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