Saudi Arabia to introduce hi-tech bracelets in haj safety push

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Riyadh  –  Saudi Arabia said that would introduce electronic identification bracelets for all to Mecca starting this year.

A report on Thursday Riyadh, said that it was part of a drive for pilgrims to avoid disaster.

As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands of pilgrims converged on a walkway intersection near Muslim holy city of Mecca last September, the highest loss of life at the annual pilgrimage since 1990.

An report said that the bracelet that would contain personal and medical would help authorities provide care and identify people.

It explained that the devices would also instruct worshippers on timings of prayers and a multi-lingual help desk to guide especially non-Arabic speaking pilgrims around the various rituals of the annual Islamic event.

It reported that nearly a thousand new surveillance cameras have been installed at Mecca’s Grand and linked to control rooms staffed by Special Forces monitoring pilgrim movements for the event scheduled for August. (dpa/NAN)