Muslim pilgrims have to wear electronic bracelets made by a British security firm while performing the annual Hajj.
G4S security company has reportedly concluded a deal with the government of Saudi Arabia to make and distribute electronic bracelets on millions of pilgrims as a new security measure meant to ‘provide care and identify people’.
The bracelets, which are resistant and connected to a GPS system, will contain personal and medical information that can be accessed by security and services bodies via a smartphone.
The deal has been harshly criticized across the Islamic World as the British security group maintains close cooperation with the Israeli spy agencies.
Saudi authorities are tightening security measures after a tragic stampede killed at least 2,236 pilgrims last year.
In addition to the electronic bracelets, more than 800 surveillance cameras have been also installed at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.
February 11, 2014