NEC Celebrates as Aadhaar Marches Beyond Billionth Enrolment

“NEC’s technology is a cornerstone of the program, enabling the use of multiple biometric modalities—face, fingerprint, and iris—to ensure that individuals aren’t registered twice.”

NEC is celebrating the dramatic growth of India’s Aadhaar system.

NEC Celebrates as Aadhaar Marches Beyond Billionth EnrolmentIt’s the biggest and perhaps the most ambitious national biometric ID program in the world. Part of a larger ‘Digital India’ initiative, Aadhaar is meant to provide a reliable, unified ID system that citizens can use to access a range of civil services, from accessing community housing to everyday ATM banking.

NEC’s technology is a cornerstone of the program, enabling the use of multiple biometric modalities—face, fingerprint, and iris—to ensure that individuals aren’t registered twice. As NEC’s Noritaka Taguma explains, “NEC’s biometrics identification system helps to stop people from pretending to be others, while simplifying procedures by checking the information of people seeking to register for the Aadhaar Program with greater accuracy and efficiency.”

The system can register a million people per day, and it’s worth noting that Aadhaar saw its billionth registration earlier this year. It’s a high-profile showcase of biometric technology, and an approach to citizen ID that could be emulated by other countries impressed by Aadhaar’s example.

October 14, 2016 – by Alex Perala