Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) in Nigeria gets a big boost, now ranks largest in Sub Saharan Africa

February 6, 2013 - 

The National Identity Management Commission in Nigeria has upgraded the capacity of its Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) and now ranks as the largest in Sub Saharan Africa.

NIMC will now be able to process functions such as de-duplication from other databases with greater efficiency, as the ABIS can now easily manage a larger amount of records. When NIMC launched ABIS, it supported only fingerprint and face biometrics, but iris has recently been added, Technology Times reports.

According to the report, a NIMC spokesman said the Commission has achieved an additional capacity for 30 million, with the budget that was only meant for an extra 70 million in the system.

“Government had approved the upgrade to 70 million database record size on the two modal functionalities as part of the N30.066n billion, a three year funding approved for the accelerated implementation of the back end component of the National Identity Management System (NIMS) in 2011,” Anthony Okwudiafor, Director of Corporate Communications NIMC said. “But the management of NIMC had been able to utilize the same funding to achieve a higher upgrade due to its cordial relationship with the service providers [Morpho Trust].”

Reported in, the National Population Commission (NPC) in Nigeria has started a comprehensive biometric capture exercise, which aims to collect biometrics from every Nigerian citizen and resident.

Following a sale to Safran’s Morpho in 2011, L-1 Identity Solutions is now known as MorphoTrust.

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