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UID to supply biometric digital ID app to Iran’s national police

KYC-compliant application provides a passwordless digital ID that can be carried and used offline

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UID, an Iranian digital ID and biometrics firm, signed a cooperation agreement with Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces to supply its UID liveness detection authentication platform, writes ILNA. The face biometrics solution will aid the agency in its Police Smartening efforts, an ongoing technology overhaul of all units that includes the adoption of intelligence systems and equipment.

UID CEO Nima Shamsapour signed the biometrics contract along with the head of the Information Technology and Telecommunications Department of the Law Enforcement Forces, during an event in early February. The signing was part of a technology exchange event sponsored by the Presidential Innovation and Prosperity fund, which included various domestic providers of artificial intelligence products.

According to UID, the application’s initial signup process includes obtaining a national activation code and taking a 5 to 15-second selfie video. The selfie is then run through UID’s liveness detection algorithm, which promises accuracy higher than 95 percent. Once liveness has been established, the application checks the selfie against a user’s original ID image registered with Iran’s Civil Registration Organization.

After the initial signup, users’ digital ID data is stored on their Android or IOS device using NIST’s AES 256bit encryption, allowing them to instantly authenticate themselves offline.

Kish Island Port authorities propose face biometrics at entry points

Border protection authorities at Iran’s Kish Island proposed the implementation of facial recognition cameras at the island’s port entries, writes IRNA in a separate article. The move is intended to enhance monitoring capacities, prevent unauthorized entry, and identify potential criminals trying to enter the island, which is also a free trade zone.

According to port security Commander Lt. Sassan Darvishi, adding face biometrics cameras would increase the screening efficiency of approximately 37,000 visitors and 5,000 vehicles passing through the checkpoint annually. Currently, the force is mainly deploying x-ray monitoring for cars and individuals to control the entry points. He further added that the installation of facial recognition cameras would help tighten security and ensure a family-friendly experience on the island, which has been dealing with violent crimes and drug trafficking.

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