UIDAI - IIT Bombay Partner to Develop Touchless Biometric Capture System

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has joined hands with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay) to develop a robust touchless biometric capture system for easier usage by people anytime, anywhere.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, UIDAI and IIT Bombay will carry out joint research to build a mobile capture system for fingerprints along with liveness model integrated with the capture system.

UIDAI is statuary body that issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as "Aadhaar", to all residents of India, and Aadhaar is termed as most sophisticated & world's largest biometric ID system. 

Under the partnership with IIT Bombay, the touchless biometric capture system, once developed and operational, will allow fingerprint authentication from home alike face authentication. The new system is expected to capture multiple fingerprints at one go and aid authentication success rate further. The new system once in place will be an addition to the existing facilities available in the Aadhaar ecosystem.

Such a system will use an intelligent combination of signal/image processing and machine learning/deep learning with a common mobile phone available to most citizens with a good user experience. This will be a step forward in making Universal authenticator a reality.

The collaboration between UIDAI and IIT Bombay through its National Centre of Excellence in Technology for Internal Security (NCETIS) will lead to joint engagement in research and development (R&D) for development of a system for UIDAI.

Aimed at developing indigenous technology solutions for Internal Security forces in broad areas Electronic System Design and Manufacturing, the NCETIS is a joint initiative by IIT Bombay and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), under its flagship Digital India Programme.

Last year in December, The joint efforts of several entities including NCETIS and Pune based SrivisifAl Technologies for developing an AI-based Video Analytics Solution had won the 25th National E-Governance Gold Award in Outstanding Research on Citizen-Centric services by Academic/Research Institutions. The project was led by IIT Bombay professor Ganesh Ramakrishnan. 

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