What problems will the UID Project for India solve?

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Since this is specific to a particular region of the world, we have to address this as it applies to the area in why it is necessary. In western civilizations, we have seen ideas like this fictionalized in science fiction stories by western authors like H.G. Wells, Phillip K. Dick, and Stanislaw Lem, where to many readers, they prophesied the idea of a totalitarian system or world where everyone was tracked by a database. What actually is UID Project for India?. Seeking answer to the big question is simply mind boggling. The fact that India’s unique identification number system is actually being put together and used brings science fiction into reality.

During the RSA conference in 2013, CEO of Khosla labs who is involved in the project points out some of the problems that India faces with it citizens stating that; the population is 1.2 billion and seventy percent of the population live in villages. India has a booming economy but regardless, only thirty percent of the people have bank accounts, only about one third of the citizens contribute to the country’s gdp and the literacy rate is seventy four percent. Many members of this population have paper identification that is assigned and accepted within the villages that they live in. The government subsidizes materials like rice, flour, wheat, sugar, etc. to those that are in need but there is currently no way to know for sure if the right person is getting these materials, if they are from a different village. There is no record of them there.

The mega solution in making is UID Project for India and whole world is curiously watching it-> This is where the uid project called AADHAAR was created. This scheme was created by the unique identification authority of India in 2009 that also own and control the database. Cutting down on duplicate identities, the identities of Indian citizens are collected under a common national identity platform for every resident, with the idea to support online authentication. A combination of biographic and biometric methods is used to assign an identification number. There is no card involved. The biometric info is pulled by an image of the person, fingerprints, or the iris which is 1024 bit. This ensures the accuracy of the identity. The fingerprint method does not work all of the time since farmers in rural areas might have prints that are not easy to read which is the reason for the other biometric methods.

Never mind that this project itself has created a new industry in India, it solves a lot of problems for farmers who have to travel far if they do not have a bank in their village. The problem that aid for India solves here is in saving the time that it takes for the farmer to travel and the expense that goes with it and be able to do it locally with anyone who has a micro atm. Mobile phone technology used all over India and can operate as a micro at, where their biometric information is scanned and sent through the database to confirm that person’s identity. In this case where the farmer is looking to get paid, they are able to verify to the bank and the local store owner or operator will be able to give the farmer what they are owed straight from the register. Imagine having to travel so far and not really be sure if there is going to be payment or not when they get there, to where they sometimes come back empty handed.

The Indian government has made a lot of effort in developing the technology and innovation to be able to solve this problem. They have combined these efforts with corporations, certified technicians, and implemented levels of security to make sure that these identities are protected through all of these network layers, which is a sure sign of progress and stability. So what are you adding to problem solving capacity of UID Project of India? UID Forum is waiting for your response...


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