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Hyderabad university seeks support to develop local biometric tech for Aadhaar


With a lack of Indian technology suppliers for the Aadhaar authentication ecosystem, the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad is putting together a proposal to develop biometric hardware and software, Business Today reports.

“We are trying to put together a research programme with a team of academic and engineering capabilities that can contribute towards building some of the key components for the biometric authentication that Aadhaar uses,” says Professor P.J. Narayanan, director of IIIT. “We could do this by leveraging our academic expertise in the related areas such as fingerprint matching and iris matching.”

The IIIT is seeking government support to develop system components, possibly including algorithms for fingerprint matching, iris matching, facial authentication, biometric search and de-duplication. Narayanan said the Aadhaar system is robust, and has multiple vendors offering components, but that local research capabilities can be leveraged to provide a local alternative for key authentication components.

Aadhaar lives on, though with a somewhat reduced scope, after India’s Supreme Court ruled in the second-longest high court case in the country’s history that individuals cannot be required to provide biometric data to private entities.

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