January 28, 2013 -
Dragnet Solutions has just announced the launch of its Scholarship and Bursary Management Service (SBMS) system, which relies on fingerprint and face biometrics to eliminate ghost awards and multiple registrations.
“With the SBMS, incidences of multiple scholarship awards and ghost awards will be a thing of the past, Robert Ikazoboh, Dragnet’s Managing Director said. “The system will be transparent because we will employ biometric solutions for the identity of awardees. The combination of digital photo and finger print records using advanced finger print matching technology will ensure that the awardees cannot enter the system twice. The finger print records, as well as photo records, are tied to the awardees’ profile at the database level and that makes the entire system credible.”
Created to address the problems that private and public institutions face when awarding scholarships and bursaries in Nigeria, the SBMS will also make a provision for computer-based testing in instances where the awards process is merit-based.
“Where the scholarship or bursary award is merit-based, the SBMS will provide a solution which delivers tests/assessments to the candidates using our network of computer based examination centres that deliver instant results. The beauty of the system is that the tests could be administered in the test system or the candidates can take it in the comfort of their homes. The SBMS also operates an integrated SMS/email communication system that enhances the notification and feedback mechanism,” he said.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Dragnet Solutions, along with Warwick Warp Ltd., is looking to launch a centralized biometric identity database for West African nations.
Nigeria has been a hotbed for large-scale biometric deployments lately, most notably; the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation has mandated that hotels install biometric workforce management systems in a bid to curb criminal activities that take place in the industry.
Also, the National Population Commission has started a biometric capture exercise which aims to collect biometrics from every Nigerian citizen and resident.