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Bytes Systems Integration to provide biometric technology to South Africa Post Office


Bytes Systems Integration (BSI) has won contracts worth R220 million (roughly US$18.5 million) to supply biometric technology to the South African Post Office (SAPO) to support its delivery of social security grant payments, according to an announcement.

The solution will capture fingerprints with HID Global’s Lumidigm Multispectral Imaging (MSI) fingerprint readers, and verify them in real-time by connecting to the Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) and the SAPO biometric verification engine. Names and photographs are also stored in the system to assist in resolving potential false negatives.

BSI is a subsidiary of South African technology group Altron.

“Our appointment by SAPO to partner with them to provide this vital service is great for our society as our technology is designed to support local companies facing local challenges, and we are pleased the biometric solution will assist SAPO to have a positive impact on people’s lives, eliminating forgery and criminal activity in the grant dispensation process,” says Leslie Moodley, Managing Director of Bytes Systems Integration.

Moodley notes that most of South Africa’s big banks have also chose Lumidigm fingerprint readers, which combines subsurface fingerprint information with surface information to provide more consistent results, and are less likely to be affected by moisture, dirt, or wear on finger surfaces.

The contracts cover the supply, installation, and support of the fingerprint readers and web cameras to SAPO and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) branches, along with training.

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