Aadhaar face authentication rollout today, mobile operators ask for more time- The New Indian Express



NEW DELHI: Barely hours to go earlier than the September 15 deadline comes into play, mobile operators have sought more time to implement the UIDAI-mandated face authentication characteristic, citing non-preparedness of biometric machine makers.

The operators below the ambit of Apex Advisory Council for Telecom in India (ACT) have mentioned that the date of implementation of face authentication must be a minimum of two months from the date that the machine ecosystem is prepared, and until such time no penalty must be levied.

“In the absence of device ecosystem being completely ready, Telecom service providers would not be able to comply with the instructions of the UIDAI within the defined timelines and our members have conveyed the same in the meetings held on August 31, 2018 and September 10, 2018,” the discussion board mentioned in a letter to UIDAI Friday.

The operators have argued that the primary transfer in the direction of implementation of face authentication is required to be executed by the machine distributors since they’re those who must improve their units and acquire stipulated certification.

“Till now only some of the device vendors have made available the upgraded service, that too, in pre-production environment,” mentioned ACT, which is a joint initiative of Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and the Telecom service suppliers.

Even after the machine distributors are prepared, there will probably be a requirement of thorough testing, deployment of the revised course of and coaching of on-field retailers, an exhaustive train in itself, and all of it will take time, it mentioned.

“Hence the date of implementation must be minimal two months from the date the machine ecosystem is prepared.

Accordingly, there must be no provision of penalty because the business is working mutually with UIDAI to boost the safety features in eKYC and making the system more strong,” mentioned the letter addressed to UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

COAI had earlier too flagged issues over the nuances of face authentication characteristic rollout, saying that a few of the stipulated provisions impose further price and time burden on Telecom Companies and are towards the tenets of ease of doing enterprise.

In its newest letter, ACT maintained that capturing of picture after eKYC authentication is accomplished, and matching it with the picture obtained from the UIDAI will result in duplication of efforts on the Telecom operators’ finish with none commensurate worth addition.

“We thus submit again that this requirement of clicking additional photo of the subscriber should be done away with. The authority is requested to revise the timeline of September 15, 2018 for 10 cent of transactions on face authentication, urgently,” it mentioned.

Last month, UIDAI had introduced a phased rollout of face recognition characteristic as an extra mode of authentication, beginning with Telecom service suppliers from September 15.

It has additionally proposed a financial disincentive for telcos discovered slipping on the prescribed targets.

Significantly, the UIDAI has mentioned ‘dwell face picture’ seize and its verification with the picture obtained in eKYC will probably be important in these instances the place Aadhaar is used for issuance of mobile SIMs.

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