Smart ID Partnering with Cross Match Bags Approval for India

Certification will allow technology to bring millions of marginalized without identification into the mainstream and avail benefits and services

Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd. (Smart ID), the pioneer in providing technology products, services and solutions in the domains of Biometrics, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Smart Cards, has announced today that it has been certified as one of the first suppliers of biometric devices for India's unique identification (UID) program along with its technology partner, Cross Match Technologies.

Smart ID has received the Certificate of Approval for Cross Match's rugged and dependable Guardian fingerprint capture device and the I SCAN dual iris capture device on October 7, 2011.  Both systems utilize Cross Match's patented Auto Capture feature, which quickly captures high-quality images with minimal operator involvement.

The Certificate of Approval, which is valid for three years, was issued after completion of all tests required to demonstrate compliance with the quality requirements of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The certification body consists of the Standardization, Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate for the Government of India's Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the UIDAI. The tests performed by the STQC included the following criteria: Physical & Dimensional, Image Quality, Environmental (Durability /Climatic), Safety, EMI/ EMC, Security, Functional, Performance, Interoperability, Ease of Use & Ergonomics.

Nirmal Prakash, MD at Smart ID, says, “We are very excited that Cross Match Gurdian and I SCAN devices have received this certification after completing a rigorous two-steps process. Cross Match products are best- in- class, for which majority of the UIDAI certified enrolment agencies are already using our products for enrolment activities across India. We are very much confident that this certification will help us offer best solutions and contribute more to the nation's revolutionary project.”   

On the occasion, David Buckley, CEO of Cross Match shows his excitement, “Receiving this critical certification, we can now contribute immensely to the nation's very ambitious program, which is incredibly large in terms of scale and potential impact and designed to biometrically enroll the entire population of India so that up to 600 million of its citizens can come out of the shadows and lead a better life through access to fundamental benefits and services.”

Smart ID along with Cross Match was also the first company to receive the Provisional Certificate for use in the UID program in September, 2010. This certificate marked the first step of the certification process and was the prerequisite for the deployment of thousands of fingerprint and iris scanners currently used for the enrollment process of the UID program.