UIDAI’s rollout of face recognition for Aadhaar authentication expected today


Barely hours to go earlier than Sep 15 deadline, cellular operators sought extra time to implement the UIDAI-mandated face authentication characteristic.

New Delhi: UIDAI is expected to rollout face recognition characteristic as an extra mode of authentication for Aadhaar on Saturday, beginning with Telecom service suppliers.

The UIDAI mentioned the ‘live face photo’ seize and its verification with the photograph obtained in eKYC will likely be important in these instances the place Aadhaar is used for issuance of cellular SIMs. It had proposed a financial disincentive for telcos discovered slipping on the prescribed targets.

Barely hours to go earlier than the September 15 deadline, cellular operators sought extra time to implement the UIDAI-mandated face authentication characteristic, citing non-preparedness of biometric gadget makers.

The operators below the ambit of Apex Advisory Council for Telecom in India (ACT) mentioned that the date of implementation of face authentication ought to be at the very least two months from the date that the gadget ecosystem is prepared, and until such time no penalty ought to 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 argued that the primary transfer in direction of implementation of face authentication is required to be completed by the gadget distributors since they’re those who should improve their gadgets and procure 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 gadget distributors are prepared, there will likely 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 this may take time, it mentioned.

“Hence the date of implementation should be minimum two months from the date the device ecosystem is ready. Accordingly, there should be no provision of penalty as the industry is working mutually with UIDAI to enhance the security features in eKYC and making the system more robust,” mentioned the letter addressed to UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

COAI had earlier too flagged considerations over the nuances of face authentication characteristic rollout, saying that some of the stipulated provisions impose further value and time burden on Telecom corporations and are in opposition to the tenets of ease of doing enterprise.

In its newest letter, ACT maintained that capturing of photograph after eKYC is accomplished, and matching it with the photograph acquired 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.


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