July 17, 2013 -
Innovectives, a Nigerian company, has launched a new mobile identity management solution aimed at national ID enrollments and has built the device to tolerate a shaky power grid.
According to reports, the new device includes multi-modal support for fingerprint, iris and facial recognition. It also sports 1/2D barcode capturing, as well as a smart card reader and NFC capability.
“The device is capable of capturing four fingers within three seconds after sensors are initiated on the USB,” Emmanuel Agha, the company’s managing director said. “It is also capable of saving the fingerprint into the tablet and on a smartcard as well as transfer the fingerprint data into a back-end server for future comparison.”
The handheld device is Windows-based and is equipped with two 1.8GHz Intel processors. Power consumption has been a big focus for the company, considering the sometimes-shaky power grids in Nigeria. A solar panel is an option for charging, and an internal batter adds two hours of usable time after the main battery dies. According to Agha, low power consumption capability has also been built into the device software.
Power outages were partially responsible for some of the chaos during Kenya’s most recent election.
Africa is a hotbed for national biometric programs and system deployments these days, and Innovectives is looking to become a significant player, aiming the new device at various national identity programs in Nigeria.
Android and iOS versions of the new capture device will be available by the end of the year, according to the company.