Aadhaar program surpasses one billion people registered

October 15, 2016 - 

NEC Corporation announced that the number of people registered for India’s Aadhaar Program operated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has passed one billion this past April. NEC provides a large-scale biometrics identification system that utilizes fingerprints, face images, and iris images for this national identification system.

NEC’s biometrics identification system uses three types of biometric information – fingerprints, face images, and iris images – to prevent people from being registered twice. This system can handle more than one million registrations per day by checking the registered biometric information for more than one billion people and comparing it to the biometric information of people seeking to register.

“It is important to make sure that the same ID is not issued twice in order to maintain a highly reliable national identification system,” said, Noritaka Taguma, General Manager, Transportation and City Infrastructure Division, NEC Corporation. “NEC’s biometrics identification system helps to stop people from pretending to be others, while simplifying procedures by checking the information of people seeking to register for the Aadhaar Program with greater accuracy and efficiency.”

NEC’s fingerprint and face identification technologies ranked first in the benchmark tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States. In addition, NEC also adjusted the identification algorithms for the biometric system for the Aadhaar Program in an effort to improve its identification accuracy.

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