Embedded Biometrics Sees Financial Inclusion Gains from Nigeria’s Digital ID


A new case study of Integrated Biometrics (IB) explains the company’s engagement with the Nigerian government, including how its 10-fingerprint Kojak FAP 60 scanners were used by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to capture the fingerprint biometrics for national database.

Nigeria is currently implementing a large-scale digital ID project, with the government planning to issue at least 148 million digital ID numbers to citizens by 2024.

Many stakeholders have stepped up to help Africa’s most populous country (with a population now estimated at over 220 million) achieve this and other digital transformation ambitions. New collaborations are expected.

The country’s national digital ID for development (ID4D) agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), which recently formed a partnership to advance the country’s digital ID ecosystem. Nigeria, discussed the ecosystem model and the need for private sector and civil society involvement in an interview. with the Independent this week.

By May 2022, 82.7 million digital IDs had been issued, according to government figures, with more than 80% of IDs issued after 2015.

Initial challenges

IB says that when Nigeria launched its identity project in 2007 with the establishment of the NIMC, it faced many challenges not only because there was no central database, but also because that there were difficulties in registering citizens for the National Identification Number (NIN). . Part of the problem was that it was difficult to reach citizens in remote locations for biometric enrollment.

The Nigerian government’s resolve to address this issue and expand the digital ID ecosystem was strengthened in 2019 when it secured $433 million in funding from the World Bank under the Identification Initiative. for development (ID4D).

Through the NIMC, the government also opted for technology that would overcome some of the major challenges faced in the field for citizen registration.

Preferred IB fingerprint solution

IB’s mobile fingerprint hardware, with Seamfix software integration, was chosen for this purpose as it met the requirements to ensure correct and seamless fingerprint capture at enrollment stations, in outdoor locations and even at very high temperatures.

The scanners were also selected for their durability, portability, low power consumption, long battery life and image capture quality, the company explains in the case study.

According to IB, Kojak scanners have helped NIMC officers overcome challenges in Nigeria. The scanners could collect accurate impressions even from dry or dirty fingers and in direct sunlight.

Financial Inclusion Campaign

The company says the breakthrough in citizen registration has put the federal government on the right path to enable financial inclusion, and also to reduce security concerns, as evidenced by the controversial linking of SIM cards to the NIN.

With this in mind, mobile operators such as MTN, Glo and Airtel use Kojak FAP 60 10-print scanners to record and update SIM card information, IB says.

In terms of financial inclusion, IB notes that these efforts to expand the digital ID space have made it easier for the Nigerian government to provide safety net services to citizens wherever they are. It is now also possible and easier for many Nigerians to engage in digital banking.

Besides Nigeria, Integrated Biometrics has reported success with its fingerprint biometrics deployments elsewhere, such as in Uruguay for a secure payment system.

Article topics

Africa | biometric enrollment | biometrics | digital identification | fingerprint biometrics | Integrated biometrics | national identity card | National Identity Number (NIN) | Nigeria | Nigeria ID4D | Fixing | social Security


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