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Biometrics-based disaster evacuee identification system introduced in Japan

The Japan Automatic Identification Systems Association (JAiSA) has introduced a system to identify disaster evacuees via fingerprint and palm vein recognition.

The system, according to a report in The Japan News, is primarily intended for use with disabled and elderly people with communication difficulties.

JAiSA plans to roll out the system to municipalities across Japan by the end of fiscal 2017, adding biometrics-based identification provided by the system to the support system for disaster-affected municipalities run by the Japan Agency for Local Authority Information System.

During past disasters, local governments had issues identifying those evacuees who were unable to provide their personal information which often lead to delays in providing necessary assistance.

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