This article proudly brings to you two pieces of the greatest ever Aadhar card news that has become talk-of-town of late.
The latest Aadhar card news is that the Aadhar unique identification project has gained a remarkable attention worldwide. It is indeed a “feather in the hat” moment for the Indian government as the World Bank has acclaimed that Aadhar project aims to increase people’s access to welfare schemes being launched by the government and also decrease corruption in public services which is the very basis of Aadhar.
Aadhar card News: Aadhar project impresses the World Bank
According to Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Director General of the UIDAI, the World Bank officials have been appreciative of Aadhar.
The following features of Aadhar number have captured the interest of officials from other countries to emulate Aadhar:
- Aadhar number can be authenticated anywhere, anytime and token-less.
- Aadhar is a cost-effective solution to implement subsidy programmes of the Government.
- The ease with which Aadhar can be obtained is reiterated by the fact that there are more than one billion people possessing an Aadhar identity in India.
- Banking at convenience (even at doorstep) and direct transfer of subsidies are some of the many advantages that Aadhar project has enabled. It has become a cost-saver for the Government as well.
Mr. Kaushik Basu, World Bank Chief Economist has said that the digital revolution is transforming the world, aiding information flows and facilitating the rise of developing nations that can make the best out of the new opportunities.
On a general note, World Bank has said that digital technologies can promote inclusion, efficiency and innovation.
The new “World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends” release has provided an appreciative Aadhar card news that Indians are using their Aadhar digital ids for opening bank accounts, monitoring attendance of civil servants, for identifying recipients of government subsidies, for sending simple reminder SMS messages to HIV affected people about their intake of lifesaving drugs (public health services, basically) and so on.
India’s Aadhar digital ID programme has certainly gone through a labyrinthine of information problems for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the socio-economic welfare schemes.
A vast majority of the African countries have expressed their interest in adopting an Aadhar-like identity issuing model for their citizens. And what’s more to the Aadhar card news is that with the growing number of Aadhar card enrolment, the new age of paperless, presence less and cash less transactions is fast approaching.
The next in line Aadhar card news is that Samsung, the leading South Korean consumer electronics giant, has launched an Aadhar based tablet “Galaxy Tab Iris” which uses iris scan for digital authentication.
Aadhar card News: Samsung’s Make in India Aadhar based tablet:
After the Janunnati Tablet announced a few months back, Samsung has now launched an Aadhar based tablet.
Samsung India announced the launch of Galaxy Tab Iris for Aadhar authentication through an integrated and highly secure biometric device with a specially featured iris recognition technology. This device shall enable cashless and paperless service in a myriad of applications such as banking, e-Governance services like Passport, taxation, healthcare and education.
Dr. Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and CTO, Samsung India has said that Galaxy Tab Iris shall strengthen and empower Jan-dhan Yojana and e-Citizen services programmes which are part of the Digital India initiative of the Government.
Mr. Sukesh Jain, Samsung India Vice President, expects banking and telecom sectors to be the most-likely users of the device in addition to finance related enterprises.
Mr. R S Sharma, TRAI Chairman, said in an event that a lot of pilferage happens in government schemes due to lack of authentication of beneficiaries at the rural level and that timely support has come in the form of such an Aadhar based device.
This is the first-ever tablet PC-based system which is impeccable in authenticating a person’s identity.
Galaxy Tab Iris is targeted for government and enterprise customers only. Retail sale of the product is not available.
How does the Aadhar Card based Galaxy Tab Iris work?
The device can retrieve a resident’s Aadhar information by scanning the eyes. The Iris scanner is considered to be a much advanced system as it uses camera technology with subtle infrared illuminations to capture the detailed nerve pattern on the iris.
Based on this data, digital impressions are created by mathematical and statistical algorithm so that an accurate profile gets created. This biometric mechanism is highly secure and almost impossible to penetrate by an imposter.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is an Android based device. The front camera is replaced with an iris scanner. In other respects, it is a fairly standard 7-inch tablet with a quad-core processor, 5 mega-pixel autofocus rear camera with a good 3600 mAh battery running Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes with a 1.5GB RAM. The special feature, however, is that the 8GB storage is expandable up to 200GB which allows the device to store a tremendous volume of data. Also, it is 3G enabled and comes with a SIM card slot.
This product leverages Samsung’s knowledge in hardware design, biometrics and security for a high-speed scan, greater accuracy and high reliability.
The tab designed by Samsung R&D Labs, Bengaluru. It comes with an open SDK and API which allows start-up application developers to build relevant apps for financial inclusion, payments, authentication solutions and many more.
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With the World Bank already impressed by the of Aadhar project and its motivation to other countries to take up a similar unique identification system, Samsung may use the experience gathered from the Indian market to make adaptations for the global one.
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