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NovaTeqni to develop biometrics solution for Malawi tobacco farming industry


Biometrics and secure payment technologies firm NovaTeqni Corporation announced that it has won a contract to develop, supply and maintain an advanced biometrics enabled system for the Southeast African country of Malawi’s tobacco farming industry.

The “Farmers Registration and Administration System” contract has been approved by all stakeholders, including the relevant Malawi government department as well as the international companies that buy from domestic farmers.

In the past, NovaTeqni has successfully developed and commercialized many biometrics based products with a focus on voter registration and validation, electoral voters roll, “Know your Customer” projects for cellphone carriers, and a health plan member identification program.

NovaTeqni will adapt its existing biometric technologies to implement the Farmers Registration and Administration System, which will include government quality biometrics, fixed offices, satellite communications, cloud based computing, and mobile biometrics systems.

Malawi farmers will be issued secure contactless smart cards containing biometrics data to allow instant identification.

The system will also feature administrative functionality such as financial reporting and crop related reporting which will help improve the efficiency and capability of the farming sector.

The acceptance testing of the biometric system is expected to take six months to complete.

“This will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how we use advanced technology to provide improved functionality for stakeholders in an essential industry,” said Novateqni president Gerhard Mynhardt. “The use of reliable and robust biometrics is a key requirement for this application, and the accounting capabilities within the system not only benefit government and business, but should have a positive impact for the farmer”

Previously reported, Novateqni Corporation announced a U.S. $1 million order of its biometrics authentication product KYC100 by MTN Nigeria, a division of South African-based mobile teleco MTN Group.

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