India’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a government agency created to manage the country’s new UID system that will establish biometric profiles and related ID numbers for all the country’s citizens, has chosen three consortia made up of various biometric, security and technology companies to create, setup and run a system that will ensure the UID numbers are not duplicated, according to a Live Mint article.
The leaders of the three consortia chosen are Accenture and MindTree; Mahindra Satyam and Sagem Morpho Security; and Hewlett-Packard, L-1 Identity Solutions and 4G Identity Solutions, but a formal contract is not expected to be signed until later this week.
With the first wave of UID numbers expected to be rolled out in a month, officials from UIDAI saw he creations of the consortia as a necessary step to mitigate the risk of errors while enrolling the citizens or issuing the numbers.
Further, while the initial phase of the UID system will require significant cross-checking of data, the need for multiple vendors to be performing the task is expected to significantly increase once the UIDAI begins offering biometric verification based off its data to banks and other services.
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