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Automated test track for driver accreditation uses biometrics for identity verification


Safran Identity & Security subsidiary Smart Chip has provided technical guidance to the world’s first fully automated test track for driver accreditation in Punjab, India. Under Smart Chip’s guidance, the state now has 32 tracks fully automated to process the assessment of drivers’ skills before granting a driving license.

Smart Chip not only enables the biometric fingerprint recognition for identification of the driver, but has also developed a video analysis application and an online portal for booking time slots for tests.

Drivers license applicants have their fingerprints scanned and processed at the test track centers and are provided a unique ID to ensure applicants are not taking the test for another person.

The test is conducted at the same day and only starts after an authentication based on a match of unique ID and fingerprint. The track is equipped with cameras, capturing the motion and the path of the vehicle during the test drive. Afterwards the data is analyzed by the video analytic engine, which identifies the occurred driving errors compared to the defined path. In less than 60 minutes after taking the test, all successful candidates get their license issued in form of a 100% PVC smart card.

“The development of this solution was done with the collaborative working of a number of team members from different parts of the organization in India,” commented Sanjeev Shriya, Senior Vice President India at Safran Identity & Security and Managing Director Smart Chip. “I take this opportunity to thank all of them to have joined and contributed towards its successful completion. This technical innovation will not only speed up the entire process of issue of driver’s licenses in Punjab but will also help in reducing the accident rates and improving road safety.”

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