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Smart card project to be phased in

posted on 01/03/2003: 1123 views

The Ministry of Interior has signed a Dh194 million contract with a leading French IT company to provide the technology to implement the long-awaited National Identity Card (NIC) for residents. The contract, between the ministry and SAGEM SA of France, was signed by Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the ministry and Jean-Paul Jainsky, the company's Managing Director for Security Division, at the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police on Wednesday.

The project will be fully implemented after three years when all the residents above 15 years will hold the card. Once completed, the unified NIC will serve as the single most important identification document for each UAE national and resident expatriate." Sheikh Saif added that every resident will be allotted a personal national identity number, which the card will bear, as the number the holder will have for life.

Sheikh Saif also explained that all residents will have their personal records stored in a central database linked to all the government establishments to access with the help of the personal identity number. He said that the smart NIC will also replace other government identity cards. He said a law will be issued declaring that those who fail to obtain the cards will be denied services that the card provides.

The card will be issued to UAE nationals against a fee of Dh100, while expatriate residents will be charged Dh300. The card will be issued to a holder for life therefore they will have to pay once only. The Abu Dhabi Police official said that newborns will be allotted the identification number at birth and the NIC be issued when they reach the age of 15. Once implemented, the project will also provide up-to-date database that is needed by policy makers, said Dr Saeed Al Dhahiri, Project Advisor at the Abu Dhabi Police. (The Gulf News)


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