Delhi: Aadhaar, India’s biometric identification system, is likely to soon be rolled out in the country’s cities, and there is hope that it will also help people to register their identities, as opposed to the current cumbersome process of using an Aadhaar card to obtain the required documents.
The company that makes the security features, biometrics startup, Safai, announced that it would be rolling out the new system, called Aadhar Safe, at the end of March.
Aadhaar is the unique digital identifier (UID) number that is used to authenticate your identity.
Users are required to provide a name, full name, date of birth, and any other personal details they can remember.
This is required to use various government and private schemes, including the National Health Care Plan, the Aadhaar scheme, and the Pension Scheme.
However, it is not always possible to identify an individual who has not signed up for the Aadhar scheme.
So, for the time being, the government has asked citizens to use an Aadhaar-based biometric card, which is issued by a bank, for authentication.
In its announcement, the company said it was working with various banks to roll out the system.
Safai’s co-founder and chief executive officer Manoj Agrawal told Vice News that Safai is already working on the Aadhir Safe system, and that it is expected to be rolled-out in Delhi in the first quarter of 2020.
According to Agrawan, Safae’s Aadhar system will be integrated with other services like the National Electronic Identity Authority (NEIA) system, the national digital identity card, and also will be able to offer a secure eKYC (know your customer) platform.
He said Safai has already started the implementation of the system in Delhi, but did not give any further details.
“We are working on Aadhar safe in Delhi,” he said.
With this announcement, Safia is likely positioning itself to become the second company to roll-out a secure system for Aadhaar users.
At least, that’s what its co-founders and CEO said in an interview with NDTV, in which he said the company was targeting a date of delivery of Aadhar safety by the end, sometime in 2020.
The Aadhar platform has been used in various countries including the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The platform has also been used to allow the authentication of people for various social services, such as job applications, bank accounts, and insurance.
For example, in Australia, for instance, the country is currently working on a similar scheme, which allows people to use the system to prove their identity online, though that will not be rolled back for a year.
Agrawal said that the Safai system will also be used by other government and public sector bodies in India, and will also allow the use of Aadhaar to prove identity.
“We will also have access to various government data, including those related to the Aadhaar project, which will be made available in a secure way, for which there will be no cost,” he added.