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SecuGen fingerprint reader certified for India’s UID Project


SecuGen Corporation is pleased to announce that its Hamster IV fingerprint reader has been certified by the Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate, an office of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology of India.

The Hamster IV, SecuGen’s flagship fingerprint capture device, was previously certified by the FBI as FIPS 201/PIV compliant. The Hamster IV is rugged, accurate, and affordable, which makes it ideal for the high-volume, low-cost approach required by many of the anticipated applications enabled by the UID project. This product is available worldwide via SecuGen’s network of reseller partners.

STQC certification of biometric devices is a requirement for implementing biometric authentication in India’s Unique Identification (UID) project. This certification scheme provides confidence that certified devices are reliable, safe, and secure and meet the project’s requirements.

The goal of the UID project is to issue every Indian resident a unique identification number linked to the resident’s demographic and biometric information, which they can use to identify themselves anytime, anywhere in India, and to access a host of benefits and services.

The certification was obtained in cooperation with and through the determined efforts of Tutis Technology Ltd., SecuGen’s longtime partner in India.

“Our engineering team and the engineers at Tutis have all worked very hard in pursuit of the STQC Certification,” stated Dan Riley, SecuGen’s Vice President of Engineering. “We are tireless in our efforts toward designing and manufacturing the world’s best optical fingerprint reader. We believe that this is the best way for us to satisfy the needs of our partners around the world and their end-user customers. STQC Certification is the latest confirmation of this approach.”

Aniket Jathar, Director of Tutis Technologies said: “We have enjoyed working with SecuGen for about twelve years now. The quality of their products as well as their responsiveness and flexibility has assisted us in promoting SecuGen products in virtually every part of India. We are very happy to have received the STQC Certification as this is now required for most Indian fingerprint procurements.”

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