Aadhaar is a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Government of India. India embarked upon a large-scale initiative to provide unique identification to every resident. This initiative coincides with increased focus on social inclusion and development. The scale of the initiative is unprecedented, and its implementation involves active participation of central, state and local bodies as well as public and private sector agencies. Aadhaar has been envisioned as a means for residents to easily and effectively establish their identity, to any agency, anywhere in the country, without having to repeatedly produce identity and address documentation. Precision has designed and developed various biometric products which have been certified by STQC for use in the UID ecosystem.
Aadhaar authentication is the process through which the Aadhaar number of a resident of India, along with other attributes (demographic/biometrics/OTP) is submitted to UIDAI’s Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) for verification; the CIDR verifies whether the data submitted matches the data available in CIDR and responds with a “Yes/No”. The purpose of Authentication is to enable residents to prove their identity and for service providers to confirm that the residents are ‘who they claim to be’ in order to supply services and provide access to benefits.
Aadhaar e-KYC is an electronic substitute (to conventional paper-based KYC), which is instant and paperless for industry use to meet KYC requirement of Banking, Telecom, Insurance, Depository Participants and any other legal entity registered in India.
BHIM Aadhaar Pay enables merchants to receive payments through biometric authentication of customers, provided their bank accounts are linked to their Aadhaar number. The biggest advantage of this method of payment is that the consumer would not need a credit or debit card, or even a smartphone to make the payment.
Aadhaar Pay works on any Android phone configured with the bank’s Aadhaar Pay application, with an STQC certified biometric fingerprint scanner attached. Customers can easily complete the payment transaction by providing his/her Aadhaar number and biometrics.
The bank could equip their merchant customers with the bank’s Aadhaar Pay application to enable them to receive payments through Aadhaar Pay, thereby reducing the need for cash transactions. This would provide convenience (cashless and cardless payments), address safety issues related to loss or theft of cash or cards, provide traceability for all transactions and provide convenience.
The Government of India, as part of the ‘Digital India’ Programme, decided to implement a common Biometric Attendance System (BAS) based on Aadhaar authentication. The system would enable an employee to register attendance by presenting his/her biometric (fingerprint/Iris) which is then authenticated online by performing a one-to-one match with the biometric data stored in the UIDAI database (CIDR) against the employee’s Aadhaar number.
While several government offices had implemented standalone electronic attendance systems where the manual, register entries were replaced by electronic attendance marked through smartcards or biometric systems, these systems did not permit easy sharing of attendance data across various levels of the system. Therefore the Government felt that it would be more appropriate to develop and implement a centralized system for monitoring attendance in various government offices, leveraging the existing identity infrastructure created by Aadhaar, which would then result in reducing cost, improving efficiency and providing scalability.
AEBAS, the Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System is based on Aadhaar Authentication. It is an attendance system with real time monitoring and has comprehensive MIS, as developed by NIC