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IriTech showcasing how biometric security solutions can ensure child safety


IriTech will be sponsoring the Kids Personal Safety Event organized by Safe Kidz in Kenya at the end of August to demonstrate to government agencies and parents how biometric security solutions can curb, control and eliminate abduction, kidnapping and abuse to ensure child safety in Kenya.

Data Vault Systems, IriTech’s Kenya partner, will be launching a child trace app at the event to help police, law courts and children’s homes to quickly and positively identify rescued children and reunite them with their guardians. The kids safety event is also aimed to educate school-age children & guardians on safety lessons in regards to abduction, kidnapping and abuse so that they can learn how to avoid becoming victims.

According to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), children make up nearly one third of all detected trafficking victims in the world with Africa & Middle East have the highest percentage (62%) of children trafficking cases.

In a statement, the company explains that this event is a continuation of a project lead by the Kenya Ministry of Education last year which saw the successful deployment of iris recognition based time tracking system at 300 schools in Kenya.

Now sponsored by Microsoft, this project is expected to expand. Microsoft recently launched a web-based application using an Iritech iris scanner connecting to a low cost Android phone or tablet via USB to provide an automated process to quickly record student check-in and check-out times and notify guardians via text messages if their child is late or absent from school.

Mr Sila, director of operations at Data Vault Systems explained: “Since iris biometrics is unique to all humans, it could be applied to promptly detect missing children to address the rescued solutions timely. Besides that, it can help to positively identify rescued kids and reunite them with loved ones in a matter of minutes as opposed to days, weeks, years and in most cases never.”

The event will take place on the 27th of August at Impala grounds in Nairobi.

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