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The Ministry announces to issue High-Tech ‘Smart’ Cards for the safeguard & Security of Hajj pilgrims

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Overview of the Kingdom’s Initiatives in promoting Saudi Vision 2030

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is desperate for the persuasion of the goals set in the shape of Saudi Vision 2030.

The country is experimenting new initiatives each time and day and the vision is not limited to promoting art, culture but its taking extreme steps towards the modernization of the services to its local citizens, Saudi expats and the visitors like Umrah and Hajj pilgrims.

Recent Announcement by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Recently, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that it will issue “High-Tech smart cards” for 25,000 Haj pilgrims in Mina. The smart cards will be used to wear on the wrist by the Hajj pilgrims. Read more: Smart bracelets for Umrah pilgrims with GPS technology

Summary Features of the High-Tech Smart Cards

We have enlisted below some of the features of the High-Tech Smart for our readers:

S.No. Summary of Features of High-Tech Smart Cards
1 Location Tracker of the Hajj pilgrims.
2 Scannable by Hajj service providers.
3 Contain the Medical history of Hajj pilgrims.
4 Availability of Personal information of Hajj pilgrims.
5 Contain the health status of Hajj pilgrims.
6 Provide residence and Hajj tour details.

Brief details of Features of the High-Tech Smart Cards

S.No. Features of High-Tech Smart Cards in detail
1 The Smart cards will contain a location tracker which will enable the authorities to follow and monitor the movements of the Individual Hajj pilgrims. This all monitoring will be done by a control room established in Mina.
2 The best feature of the Smart cards is that these are scannable at any point of time. This will allow the Hajj service providers to quickly identify and follow up for the Hajj pilgrims.
3 The Hajj service providers can access the Hajj pilgrim’s medical history and can immediately identify and establish what kind of assistance pilgrims need.
4 The Smart cards will provide the storage facility of the following information of Hajj pilgrims:

  • All the required personal information of the Hajj pilgrims.
  • The health status of the Hajj pilgrims.
  • The pilgrim’s residence and Hajj tour details.

The Chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stated that the project is at the experimental stage and the study will reveal the advantages and benefits to the Pilgrims. Read more: Children of Hajj pilgrims will be taken care in Nurseries during Hajj 2019

He further said that the numbers will increase in the coming years and will exceed the current 25,000 figure of pilgrims and more pilgrims will be added with such Smart card facility. Read more: Domestic/ local Hajj pilgrims wouldn’t have to worry about their luggage anymore

The Ministry also issuing up to 200,000 pilgrims ID cards

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is also issuing up to 200,000 pilgrims ID cards, which will have the same information storage technology but without the location tracking feature. Read more: Pilgrims and Saudi expats may soon travel to Madinah on Camel’s backs

Features of Pilgrims ID cards

The followings are certain good features of the Pilgrims ID cards:

S.No. Features of Pilgrims ID Card
1 These cards are scannable which will allow the Hajj service providers to quickly identify pilgrims, access their medical history and establish what assistance they may need.
2 The cards will be complemented this year by a Smart Hajj ID App, It will offer the same features like the smart ID card, including the followings facilities:

  • Tracking location,
  • Identifying crowded spots on the map, and
  • The transport schedule.
  1. The smart card and mobile app also enable the ministry to simulate and predict crowd behavior during Hajj. This new technology will help the authorities to collect data through the cards, cameras, and sensors distributed around the pilgrimage sites.

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Source: Arab News

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