The UAE issues a new service regarding residence visa and passport data

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) will soon unveil a new system that will allow private sector enterprises to source correct data about residents directly from the ICP database and will also do away with the requirement for card readers, This new system will launch in the coming weeks.

The new software, which bears the name Akeed, is scheduled to be released either later this year or early in the following year.

The system was displayed at the most recent week of the largest technology exhibition in the world, known as Gitex Global, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 16 to 20, 2023.

At the moment, Emirates IDs are put into card readers so that information on citizens and residents can be retrieved from the ICP database.

What is the Akeed platform?

"Akeed is a brand-new platform that will be released in the near future. It makes it easier for companies in the financial sector, healthcare industry, insurance industry, and other sectors to obtain the accurate information they require from the ICP database, For instance, if a company that provides medical services wants someone's name, passport information, or insurance policy information, it can access it from the database, This will not only ensure that each organization possesses the most recent and accurate information, but it will also save time for the individuals and businesses involved, The card reader is going to be replaced by this service, According to the spokeswoman for the ICP at Gitex, "so people won't need to put their Emirates ID in the card reader."

Through the use of Akeed, the businesses will have the ability to acquire information on individuals who have already been awarded residency permits and Emirates IDs.

However, at this point in time it is unclear whether or not this service will be provided free of charge to companies or whether or not companies will be required to pay a fee for the service.

Smart initiatives

This was one of numerous innovative projects that were presented by the ICP during the Gitex Global trade show.

During the course of the event, ICP disclosed that it was working on a prototype project that would enable kiosks to provide UAE nationals and expatriates with the ability to rapidly renew their passports and Emirates IDs, If the experiment is a success, then these kiosks will be installed in high-traffic areas across the country, such as airports and shopping centers, among other places.

The ease of submitting their biometrics, renewing their passports, and processing Emirates IDs around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week will soon be made available to UAE nationals and residents thanks to this development.

ICP announces a new way to help residents and citizens

ICP has also implemented a brand new method that allows citizens and residents to easily pass the Al Ghuwaifat border without having to exit their vehicles or disembark from the transportation they are using, It is mandatory for drivers to have their vehicles registered in their own names in order for them to be able to use the Smart Land Borders Crossing system, After reading the license plate of the vehicle, the system will let the driver to pass through the first gate, In the second phase, individuals will have their passports, Emirates IDs, as well as their biometrics or facial recognition information scanned, After the information has been validated by the ICP system, the second barrier will raise, allowing the drivers to leave the nation.

ICP was established in 2004 under the name "Emirates Identity Authority" to set up the population register and Emirates identity card programme. This included recording personal and vital data for all populations in the state and keeping them in electronic databases in coordination with the competent authorities, as well as issuing the Emirates ID Card for each individual to be registered, which was designed to contain the Emirates ID number, readable data, and data stored on an electronic chip.

In 2017, new functions were introduced, including citizenship affairs, passports, admission and residence of foreigners in the state, and the transfer of the terms of reference and powers granted to the Ministry of Interior to the ICP in this respect, These new tasks were added after the Ministry of Interior transferred these responsibilities to the ICP.

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