Saudi Arabia Issues High-tech Smart Cards to Hajj Pilgrims

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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia is propelling a pilot program, issuing around 25,000 wearable high-tech cards to pilgrims in Mina.

The cards will store personal data of the pilgrims identified with their wellbeing status, accommodation, and Hajj tour details.

These cards will also contain a tracking chip which will track all movements of the pilgrims and would be connected with a control room in Mina.

Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, the chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj, told a local news channel that the activity is at the experimental stage.

“During the Hajj, we will study to what degree it may be profitable to the pilgrims,” he said.

He said that the government plans to incorporate more pilgrims in the program from other regions in the coming years.

These cards can be scanned, making it simpler for authorities to distinguish the pilgrims quickly and get their medical history to comprehend what help they may require.

“In addition, a Smart Hajj application would likewise be launched,” Al-Maddah stated, including that it will have the same highlights as the keen ID card.

He said that both smart card and app will help the service in understanding the crowd behavior during Hajj.

“This new technology will enable us to gather information through the cards, cameras, and sensors conveyed around the journey locales,” said Al-M

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