UIDAI to use face authentication for Aadhaar
15 January 2018 19:52 GMT

UIDAI officials plan to use face authentication more for Aadhaar as users report difficulties with iris and fingerprint.

The new feature is expected to be available in fusion mode - that is, with existing means of authentication+ - on registered devices by July 1 this year.

Specifically, the new feature will be allowed only when combined with "one more authentication factor", like fingerprint, iris or OTP.

"This facility is going to help in inclusive authentication of those who are not able to biometrically authenticate due to their worn out fingerprints, old age or hard work conditions," PTI quoted UIDAI as saying.

In a notification released on Monday, UIDAI said, "At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, photo of the face of resident is also captured. To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of a Aadhaar number holder." It added that face authentication will provide "additional choice" for those having difficulty with their fingerprints/iris authentication. As face photo is already available in UIDA1 database there is no need to capture any new data.