The Number of People Registered for India's Aadhaar Program Surpasses One Billion
NEC's biometrics identification system contributes to the world's largest identification system
Tokyo - October 12, 2016 - The number of people registered for
India's Aadhaar Program operated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is the largest (*1) system of its kind in
the world, surpassed one billion this April. NEC Corporation provides a large-scale biometrics identification system that utilizes
fingerprints, face images, and iris images for this national identification system.
UIDAI is promoting the Aadhaar Program to gather and manage the names, addresses and biometric information of people in India in an effort
to create a society in which the entire nation can enjoy equal access to public and financial services. Once a person registers for the
system, he or she will receive an individual 12-digit number (ID). Public organizations and banks will use these numbers to identify people
when they apply to receive social security benefits or open bank accounts.
NEC's large-scale biometrics identification system uses three types of biometric information - fingerprints, face images, and iris images
- to prevent people from being registered twice. This system can handle more than one million registrations per day by checking the
registered biometric information for more than one billion people and comparing it to the biometric information of people seeking to
"It is important to make sure that the same ID is not issued twice in order to maintain a highly reliable national identification system,"
said Noritaka Taguma, general manager, Transportation and City Infrastructure Division, NEC Corporation. "NEC's biometrics identification
system helps to stop people from pretending to be others, while simplifying procedures by checking the information of people seeking to
register for the Aadhaar Program with greater accuracy and efficiency."
NEC's fingerprint and face identification technologies ranked first (* 2) in the benchmark tests conducted by the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States. In addition, NEC also adjusted the identification algorithms for the biometric
system for the Aadhaar Program in an effort to improve its identification accuracy.
(* 1) According to research by NEC
(* 2) http://www.nec.com/en/global/solutions/biometrics/technologies/nist_proven_accuracy.html
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