Telecom operators have urged the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for extra time to comply with its directive on utilizing face recognition for Aadhaar authentication, as gadget producers usually are not but prepared with the upgradation and certification course of. “We wish to bring to your notice that the first step towards implementation of face authentication is required to be done by device vendors. All the biometric device vendors are required to upgrade their devices and obtain delta certification from STQC. Most of these vendors have conveyed to Telecom operators that they are not ready with this certification,” COAI director basic Rajan S Mathews stated in a letter to UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
Such a scenario will lead to delay within the implementation of face authentication course of, Mathews stated, including that the UIDAI will admire that in absence of gadget distributors acquiring the certification, operators wouldn’t have the opportunity to comply with the its directions inside the outlined timelines. In a directive final month, the UIDAI directed the Telecom operators to implement two-factor authentication of their methods utilizing face authentication to improve safety of the general authentication system.
In case a resident supplies Aadhaar quantity, authentication shall be carried out utilizing two components – fingerprint or iris and face. If the resident supplies digital ID, authentication could also be carried out utilizing single issue – fingerprint or iris. However to make the system extra inclusive, these residents who usually are not ready to authenticate utilizing fingerprint or iris also needs to be requested for face authentication and fingerprint or iris in case of digital ID too. Mathews additionally drew Pandey’s consideration to the truth that as soon as gadget distributors are prepared with the face recognition system, gadgets want to be examined and personnel educated in regards to the expertise.
Considering the work required to implement the face recognition system, Mathews urged that the date of implementation must be prolonged by two months from the date on which distributors give their gadgets for testing to operators. “Hence, there should be no provision of penalty as the industry is working mutually with the UIDAI to enhance security features in e-KYC and making the system more robust,” Mathews stated.