June 14, 2018

Face recognition roll-out for Aadhaar verification delayed until August 1: UIDAI


In order to make sure that there is a smooth roll out of the face recognition facility for authentication, Aadhaar-issuing body Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has delayed its launch by a month and set the date to August 1, 2018.

As per sources, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI explained that the new face recognition facility needed some more to be completely ready for roll out and hence the date which was July 1 was shifted to August 1, 2018.

Earlier in 2018, the authority in charge of the national identity system had declared it will include face recognition alongside iris or fingerprint scan as a means of verifying users, in order to help those who face issues in biometric authentication or have worn-out fingerprints.

"We are working on that. From August 1, we should be able to do it. All this is technology, and while we target a date this is not something as if we are buying things off-the-shelf. These things are being developed...," Pandey said.

The UIDAI wants to be fully prepared, he said adding, "We are trying out best to have this released from August 1".

The UIDAI chief highlighted that additional time taken to make the new system operational would, by no way cause trouble to Aadhaar holders given that exception handling mechanism is already in place.

"Even if it takes a few more months, it is not as if people are being denied benefits in its absence. As long as we have an exception handling mechanism, it will ensure that anyone with fingerprint authentication difficulty or failure will be provided alternate means and given the benefits...," he said.

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