STQC certification opens new opportunities in India for biometrics firm Aratek

Two of Aratek‘s fingerprint scanners have received certification for India’s Aadhaar program.

The Aratek A400 capacitive scanner and A600 optical scanner have been certified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Directorate of Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), India’s quality assurance and conformity assessment body. STQC certification is intended to provide users confidence that certified biometric devices are reliable, safe and secure. STQC certification currently covers fingerprint image scanners, iris cameras for enrollment and authentication devices.

The A400 and the A600 biometric fingerprint scanners also received FBI FBI PIV Mobile ID FAP 10 and FAP 20 certifications last year. According to the Chinese biometrics firm, both scanners are equipped with technology that allows accurate capture of all types of fingerprints making them ideal for a number of applications such as national ID, law enforcement, border security, finance, health care, and hospitality.

Samuel Wu, Aratek’s VP of Sales, notes that the FBI and STQC certifications have opened exciting opportunities where the company’s biometric technology may be applied to directly help the Indian people. “These certifications strongly position us to help the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) implement Aadhaar more easily and conveniently, resulting in better service to the Indian people. The undertaking to register more than 1 billion Indian citizens into Aadhaar is staggering in scope and magnitude. It is a challenge that Aratek is very much ready, willing and able to accept.”

In June Aratek revealed that its BIONE fingerprint algorithm achieved top scores in the NIST MINEX (Minute Interoperability Exchange) III evaluations.

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