India issues two millionth UIDAI number
14 March 2011 17:50 GMT

Trio of providers help UIDAI hit two million

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued its two millionth identification number under the Aadhaar program.

Alongside its project counterparts, Morpho (Safran group) announced that its latest-generation technology deployed by the Mahindra Satyam/Morpho consortium has played a pivotal role in the program for de-duplication of the biometric records enabling issuance of unique identification numbers.

Officially launched in September 2010, this is the world’s largest biometrics-based identity program.

The Mahindra Satyam/Morpho consortium is one of the three biometric solution providers contracted for the initial phase of this program during which 200 million residents are expected to be registered. The consortia are:

  • Accenture with Daon and Mindtree
  • L-1 with 4G Identity and HP
  • Morpho with MahindraSatyan

The Aadhaar project aims to deliver a unique number to each Indian resident, which will provide highly secure access (using fingerprint and iris recognition) to a wide range of benefits and services.

Eventually, the UIDAI plans to issue 600 million Aadhaar numbers over the next four years.