Saudi School Goes Biometric to Curb Student Bunking (New Indian Express)
In a novel step to monitor students’ attendance, a school in Saudi Arabia has introduced fingerprinting system, also enabling parents to be updated about their children’s arrival and departure time via a cellphone message.
PAKISTAN: Travel agents protest implementation of biometric system for Saudi visa applicants (Express Tribune)
“We have written to Etimad three times to come and discuss with us the system but they are not contacting us,” said Khalil, adding that if the system continues in the same manner, then the number of pilgrims from Pakistan would be reduced by half.
Pakistan already uses biometrics pretty extensively in elections and travel documents, so this seems to be more about implementation than biometric acceptance.
MENAFN.com: USD1.5 billion by 2019. This growth and will be mainly controlled by fingerprint biometrics technology, which is already being adopted in the country due to its low cost and ease in its installation and usage.
Fingerprinting to end honeymoon for govt staff (Arab News)
Government employees may soon have to mark their attendance through biometrics, which may rob them of the luxury of coming late or even bunking work.
The proposal to have biometric attendance marking in all public departments was mooted by several monitoring agencies including the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha). The move is aimed at ensuring strict and timely attendance of government employees in various sectors.
The Foreign Ministry said yesterday it has signed contracts with specialized international companies to set up biometric centers for providing visa services to prospective visitors to the Kingdom, including pilgrims.
Saudi Arabia: Teachers to be fingerprinted to ensure attendance (Saudi Gazette)
It looks like this is as much about streamlining paperwork and payments as actually keeping track of whether or not teachers are showing up.