KSU scientists granted American patent on biometric security

Updated 03 June 2016
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KSU scientists granted American patent on biometric security

Three scientists from King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for academic excellence, have been granted a US patent on biometric security.
“KSU scientists Imran Razzaq, Khaled Alghathbar and Muhammad Khurram Khan earned the patent on their new invention titled “face recognition using multilayered discriminant analysis under patent number 9,355,303 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),” a media coordinator at KSU said.
They expressed gratitude to the KSU leadership and Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing Program (IPTL) for encouragement, support and assistance toward this major scientific breakthrough, he said.
This was created after research and development work at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA) at KSU, and the results of the research were presented at an international conference in South Korea, while a paper was published in an ISI-indexed international journal.
Commenting on their research the scientists said, “this invention is a landmark research in face recognition, which can be applied for human identification in civil, defense as well as commercial biometric applications.”
“We are enthusiastic and passionate about the commercialization of this invention and hope our research outcomes and passion meet with the new goals and objectives of Vision 2030 to transform the Kingdom into a knowledge-based economy.”
Notably, the human face plays a key role in our daily social interactions and identification purposes, hence, automated face recognition has become one of the most important research areas of human identification or biometrics.
In the last few decades, biometric recognition has been an intensive field of research and development, and the human face has been a popular biometric identification factor used for investigative, security and anti-terrorism purposes due to its ease of use and potential ability to identify an individual from distance.
Automated face recognition is vital to perform real-time recognition of a person from a large-scale database.
Compared to other biometric systems, face identification has distinct advantages because of its non-contact interaction with the sensor or camera.
Face images can be captured from a distance without touching the person being identified, and the identification does not require interacting with the person.
In addition, face recognition could serve in crime deterrent because face images that have been recorded and archived in a database can later help in the identification of criminals.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), first used face biometrics in smart biometric passports, or e-passports, for border crossing and immigration purposes.


Interior Ministry is a pioneer in smart services: Saudi minister

More than 350 experts attended the cybersecutiry meeting in Jeddah on Tuesday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 22 November 2018
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Interior Ministry is a pioneer in smart services: Saudi minister

  • The ministry “is part of the country’s work system of cybersecurity”

Millions of local internet users are making the most of the Ministry of Interior’s smart service portal every day. Its digital transformation program experience will be a global example to follow.

This was stressed by Assistant Minister of Interior for Technology Affairs Prince Dr. Bandar bin Abdullah Al-Mishari Al-Saud, the chief guest at a cybersecurity meeting organized by the Jeddah branch of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International) at the Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Higher Commission for Industrial Security.

The ministry “is part of the country’s work system of cybersecurity, which has recently become an independent government entity. It is responsible for planning and supervising cybersecurity. Therefore, we fully cooperate with it. Thus, the ministry is keen to support all national platforms, particularly the national cybersecurity authority,” the minister said in the meeting, in which specialists from the National Cyber Security Center and the Communications and Information Technology Commission participated.

In a 30-minute speech, the prince addressed an audience of more than 350, stressing that the Ministry of Interior has been digitized from the start.

“The National Information Center (NIC) was established 40 years ago as the first information center in the Middle East. Digitization in the Ministry of Interior started at that time. The founding of the NIC synchronized with the establishment of King Saud University’s College of Computer and Information Sciences, as the first college of its kind in the region, as far as I know,” he said. The college was one of the few institutions in the world at that time, he said. The ministry and King Saud University collaborated to establish the College of Computer and Information Sciences.

Prince Bandar pointed out that data have become “a commodity, an industry, wealth. All forms of data, in fact, have become an integrated industry and a national treasure on all levels.” Data and information, if used properly, can make a big leap in our life. If neglected, he said, they will be a burden on societies.

He noted that the portal of the Saudi Ministry of Interior is a pioneer in the region in smart services and solutions, pointing out that the ministry’s platforms and initiatives are used by millions of users every day. “It has made outstanding achievements at all levels, including passports, traffic and other services,” he said. The prince stressed in his lecture that the Interior Ministry is a leader in adopting technology in nearly all the services it provides.

“The ministry started issuing entry/exit visas electronically in 2009. It also introduced the fingerprint system and the smart national ID cards in the same year. A year later, it introduced the Absher platform,” he said.

“Absher will soon launch a new service called ‘Absher Government’ which will provide governmental entities with the services they need. We will also add more services and technologies to the Absher platform to meet people’s needs and ease their lives,” the assistant minister said. They were thinking of making Absher a giant platform like Google, he said.

The use of electronic services and smart solutions is the backbone for future government, he said. “Any economic, developmental and social success will be through depending mainly on these elements. We, in Saudi Arabia, have made great advances in this regard, in a way that complies with the country’s Vision 2030. Our achievements in this field harmonize with the rapid increase in deploying technology and knowledge.” 

The leadership has a clear vision and ambitious goals that will put Saudi Arabia among the developed countries in the world.

Replying to an Arab News question about how we can successfully manage the unstoppable flow of applications that may damage our cultural identity or do harm to our social fabric, the assistant minister said clear legislation can help control information and preserve the right of information owners, and this what will soon happen after the national privacy system is issued.

The minister said the total population of Saudi Arabia exceeded 33.2 million. “More than 30.2 million use the internet and 25 million are active internet users, and 18 million of Saudis are active mobile users.”