GCC tech startups cautiously optimistic about post-pandemic future

DUBAI: Across the GCC bloc, fingerprint and facial recognition regulate entry into factories, ensure employee attendance, and even offer access to telephone records. But with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic making people recoil at the thought of touching public surfaces, biometric identification providers have had to rethink their business.

Zain Moosa and Syed Abrar Ahmed launched Liber Health around the time the first COVID-19 cases were surfacing, so had to go back to the drawing board.

“We saw the inability to use traditional fingerprint identification due to the risk of contagion from physical contact. Similarly, facial recognition also became useless because everyone was wearing masks,” says Moosa, a Pakistani national whose company is incorporated with the UAE’s in5 Tech platform.

A visitor examines a drone displayed during the Kuwait aviation show in Kuwait City on January 16, 2020. (AFP/File Photo)

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