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Centralized biometric identification database project for Africa underway

A project is underway to launch a centralised biometric identity database for West African countries.

Computer-based testing and talent management firm Dragnet Solutions have partnered with United Kingdom-based Warwick Warp (UK) Limited to carry out the development.

With biometrics, identification of humans by their characteristics or traits is possible. The technology uses biometric identifiers – distinctive, measurable characteristics – to label and describe individuals, categorised by their physiological and behavioural characteristics.

The traits include voice, DNA, handprint and behaviour.

Robert Ikhazoboh, Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, said the sub-sector needs a private-sector led modern and efficient identification system initiative.

He said: “At Dragnet Solutions, we are noted for our bouquet of innovative products and services that are carefully designed to address seemingly intractable challenges. In Nigeria, for instance, the National Identity Card scheme has been hampered by different issues.

“The Centralized Biometric Identity Database is, therefore, the solution to the identity verification problem of the country. We are partnering with renowned Warwick Warp to deliver this solution. We will start with some private organizations like educational institutions, oil companies, among others that handle a lot of data in the course of their businesses, and we also plan to extend it to the public sector later.”

He added the project will begin in March and would be accompanied by supportive innovative identity management solutions for West Africa.

On the roles of Warwick Warp in the project, Ikhazoboh said the project would utilise their innovative mathematical modelling approach, which would neutralize the effects of prints that are difficult to capture.

He added: “The Warwick Warp fingerprint technology has in the past years been successfully deployed in the UK within the civil and military force, port of entry for European countries as part of biometric passport control security measures and VISA requirements, as well as in mission critical humanitarian projects in Africa.”

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