The Government of Indonesia has chosen BIO-key to implement a fingerprint identification system for 230 million citizens. It is part of the country’s national ID card program, and, when fully deployed, will comprise the largest fingerprint database in the world.
World’s Fourth Largest Country Chooses WEB-key for Its Highly Accurate Identification Technology Requirements to Ensure ‘One Citizen, One ID’
WALL, N.J. – BIO-key International, Inc., the leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announced that its WEB-key(TM) fingerprint identification technology has been selected by the Government of Indonesia’s Ministry of Home Affairs for its national Population Registration System.
When fully implemented, it is expected that more than 230 million individuals will be enrolled in the system, making it by far the largest fingerprint database in the world. The system will allow for very fast processing and authentication to guard against fraudulent duplicate enrollments as a prerequisite to issuing a National Identification Card. The device interoperable will also enable investigation and identification capability for civil and criminal applications.
Tom Colatosti, BIO-key’s Chairman said, “Full deployment of this system will have four times as many enrollees as any biometric database in the world today. Moreover, it will be deployed at a fraction of the cost of much slower, less scalable, less accurate systems implemented with first-generation fingerprint technologies.”
“The Ministry of Home Affairs is creating an innovative Population Information and Administration System (SIAK) under the guidance of the United Nations handbook for Population and Vital Registration. SIAK is a centralized N-Tier Mission Critical system built using cutting-edge Technology, and will be the Information Repository for Banks, Immigration, Tax, Health and other government departments. SIAK will protect the identities of all 230 million citizens of our country, issuing each a Unique Identity Number, preventing identity fraud and supporting future finger-only identification scenarios,” said Mr. Wahyudi, WP, Director of Information and Population Administration.
“What we needed was a means to achieve real-time, automated positive ID using only one or two fingers, a web-based infrastructure and including handheld devices and an open-ended choice of fingerprint scanners. With the benefit of starting with a clean slate, we found that BIO-key’s WEB-key platform uniquely allows us to achieve our goals, and at a small fraction of the cost of first generation solutions. BIO-key’s WEB-key is an ultimate biometric solution for our Population Administration System.”
In addition to its superior accuracy, WEB-key’s advanced clustering architecture will allow the system to gracefully expand from initial deployment to the full scale rollout, simply by adding data center standard, commodity Linux servers to BIO-key’s clusters. Industry standard open platforms such as Linux and Oracle can deliver dramatic savings over proprietary first generation systems. Additionally, the system will employ BIO-key’s support for wireless PocketPC-based devices, allowing mobile collection of enrollment data, and supporting anytime, anywhere identification.
Mike DePasquale, BIO-key’s CEO stated, “We are proud to have developed the world’s most accurate and scalable fingerprint indexing technology and we continue to see strong demand for our solutions on a global basis. This application is representative of a new generation of real-time, live-scan ID systems being considered around the world. Indonesia’s Ministry of Home Affairs has recognized that such systems demand a next-generation approach to fingerprint identification technology, and will lead the world in creating a new standard in large scale ID systems.”
BIO-key develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key’s mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key’s high-performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 2,500 police, fire and emergency services departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for public safety worldwide. (www.bio-key.com)