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Students develop SMS-based biometric authentication system for rural areas


Four students from Birla Institute of Technology and Science have developed an SMS-based biometric authentication system, which can be used in rural areas with lower internet connectivity, according to a report by the Business Standard.

The biometric authentication app serves as an on-the-go, always-ready, highly secure user authentication method for financial institutions, particularly in rural areas.

The app can be installed on any Android phone, said Saurabh Shukla, whose team was selected as a finalist at the Accenture Innovation Jockey, an idea-based contest for college students in India.

The team has been shortlisted as among the final 18 contestants at the Accenture Innovation Jockey competition.

They have the option of working at Accenture after completing their engineering program, subject to interview and background check. They also have access to the Accenture campus and platforms to further develop their product.

Accenture Innovation Jockey received a total of 3,600 submissions from 800 college in the focus areas of detecting fraud and business malpractices, empowering women, and digital India.

The students submitted several ideas for smart farming, biometrics-based bank transactions, and women’s safety.

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