- Published: Monday, 15 January 2018 14:23
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“UIDAI introduces yet another landmark technology for authentication – Face Authentication. #AadhaarFaceAuth will help all elderly or other facing issues with fingerprint authentication. Service to be launched by July 1, 2018,” Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO UIDAI said in a tweet.
UIDAI in its circular said that at the time of Aadhaar enrolment, photo of the face of resident is also captured.
“To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of a Aadhaar number holder. While Aadhaar Authentication API had the technical provision of sending photo of the face, this option is currently not enabled within CIDR,” said the circular.
CIDR (Central Identities Data Repository) refers to the government agency that stores and manages data for the country’s Aadhaar project. The agency is regulated by UIDAI.
@UIDAI introduces yet another landmark technology for authentication - Face Authentication. #AadhaarFaceAuth will help all elderly or others facing issues with fingerprint authentication. Service to be launched by 1 July 2018.
According to UIDAI, the face authentication provides additional options for AUAs (Authentication User Agencies).
“Face Authentication shall be allowed ONLY in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor. This means Face Authentication must be combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to be able to successfully authentication an Aadhaar number.”
“UIDAI provides the fingerprint and iris biometric authentication at select AUAs, similarly Face Authentication shall also be allowed on need basis.”
The agency also said that it will work with biometric device providers to integrate face modality into the certified registered devices and may also provide standalone Registered Device (RD) service as required by the ecosystem.
The latest feature comes shortly after UIDAI announced a new two-layer security mechanism to protect privacy of users. The agency said users will soon be able to use a ‘Virtual ID’ instead of using their real Aadhaar numbers.
The virtual ID is essentially a 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. The number can be generated, replaced or revoked only by the Aadhaar number, the agency added.
(Source: The Hindustan Times)