4G Identity Solutions Wins AP Unique ID Project
The contract calls for the consolidation and de-duplication of the existing database of 82 million citizens' demographic details with iris codes of 56 million citizens.
4G Identity Solutions (4G ID) has been awarded the contract for a large-scale project comprising iris recognition identity management application development and data de-duplication processing. The state government of Andhra Pradesh has awarded the 90 million people ID management contract to 4G ID after a stringent technical evaluation process through global competitive bidding. The value of the base contract is in excess of $6 million.
The contract calls for the consolidation and de-duplication of the existing database of 82 million citizens’ demographic details with iris codes of 56 million citizens. These people were enrolled in separate regional databases over the last four years. Due to the limitations of the original enrollment application, the databases could not be consolidated, nor could they be checked for fraud resulting from duplicate enrollments. 4G ID will be responsible for performing over 6.26 quadrillion (6,262,668,889,152,840) iris matches in search of duplicate enrollments. In addition, 4G will be employing demographic matching software to search for duplicate enrollments in records where no irises were enrolled. To accomplish this task in sixty days, 4G ID will deploy a farm of blade servers, L-1 Identity Solutions’ SIRIS matching engine with the next-generation algorithms developed by Dr John Daugman and 4G ID’s Multi-biometric Identity Platform.
In addition to consolidating the existing databases and identifying existing fraud, 4G ID is tasked with creating a Web-based online enrollment application to support a Citizen ID Program capable of serving every citizen of Andhra Pradesh (90 million citizens). This application will support enrollment, fraud screening, and management reporting. It will also be capable of integration with applications from the Housing Department and the Rural Development Department, among others. This deployment will be the largest unique ID management system in the world as per company claims. One of the key advantages envisaged as an outcome of the project is that it will result in eliminating identity-related fraud and create an efficient delivery mechanism for the government to ensure that the entitlements reach the targeted beneficiaries.
Dr Sreeni Tripuraneni, CEO, said, "This Unique Citizen ID database can be used as the basis for identifying and authenticating a person for delivering various government services through a single system, rather than all government departments duplicating efforts in creating infrastructure, systems and procedures. This project will set a benchmark not only for other state governments in India but also for many developed and developing nations where billions of dollars are spent on various government schemes and services."
4G ID’s solution was chosen after a stringent evaluation of nine short-listed companies that were issued a Request for Proposal. The evaluation included a Proof-of-Concept de-duplication test for one of the districts and included metrics for time taken and accuracy of the duplicates found. 4G ID was the clear winner in this test, which included field verification of results.
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