Certain types of biometric fingerprint devices can be essentially self-disinfecting against COVID-19 and could potentially restore public confidence in contact biometrics, participants in ID4Africa’s ‘Innovation Marathon’ said at the latest session of day 3.
The market offer for biometrics and digital identity technologies in Africa is characterized by diversity and choice, said ID4Africa Executive Chairman Dr Joseph Atick in summary of the three online event. days of the Movement.
The first session on Day 3 was a series of presentations on âDigital Identification for Displacement and Population Flow Managementâ moderated by Grace Nanyanzi of NIRA Uganda, and began with presentations by Emperor Technology and SITA.
Iris ID, Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Mohammed Murad discussed the physical security requirements of airport biometrics, as well as how passengers can benefit from contactless travel experiences. Murad also noted the enormous pressure on airport capacity from passenger volumes before the pandemic, and Iris ID’s partnerships with Clear and in various countries to provide iris recognition at airports.
Vision-Box’s regional sales manager, Jorge Carvalho, spoke about the use of biometrics at African land borders, where he says fraudulent identity documents are common and the processes often take a long time. He also pointed out that with the entry into force of the AfCFTA agreement on January 1, 2021, border traffic is expected to increase further.
Participants in the live broadcast asked about the security of biometric data and the development of interoperability standards, as well as the effectiveness of biometrics with different age groups, in which Murad claimed that the accuracy with children was a potential benefit of iris biometrics in cases where they need to be identified with biometrics, but clarified that in live deployments of Iris ID, children can usually be identified through of their parents or guardians. Nanyanzi also led a discussion on how to ensure inclusion of the many people without smartphones or with lower levels of digital literacy.
More than a dozen companies showcased biometric hardware and software and accreditation technologies during the last two stages of the âInnovation World Tourâ, including Aratek, Telpo and Unioncommunity.
Integrated Biometrics EVP of Solutions David Gerulski delivered a speech claiming that fingerprint biometrics, with its ability to deliver well above 99% accuracy, remains the best choice to provide secure digital identity to all people in Africa.
The reliability, availability and affordability of fingerprint biometrics are superior to other modalities, said Gerulski, making comparisons to controversies around facial recognition, such as a wrongful arrest case in the United States. . The technology has also become mobile although it has significantly decreased in price.
Gerulski also explained that low-intensity electric fields have proven to be one of the few ways to disinfect surfaces against COVID-19. IB Chief Scientist Fred Frye worked with researchers at the University of Missouri Center for Infectious Diseases to prove that the electric field on the scope and plate of the company’s LES film sensors is immune from transmission of the virus for the same reason, he told the public. An announcement is expected soon, once the official review is complete.
The popular âfishbowlâ session closed the three-day event, with Atick discussing the prevalence of smartphones, which only a minority of Africans have access to, in the presentations. Atick and APSCA President Greg Pote discuss the possibility of an âAfrican phoneâ and the gains in access to necessary services that could be achieved by increasing smartphone ownership rates. Kenya’s health IT consultant Paul Macharia warned that smartphones still consume too much power for many resource-limited settings and depend on internet connectivity.
The community discussed at some length the considerations of power and connectivity, as well as social credit and attestation and a âfiatâ identity model. The concept of tokens will be seen more in 2021, suggests Atick, and Professor Abderrazak Henni of the Algerian Ministry of Justice described his country’s use of sectoral identifiers, as well as a fundamental identifier, which could also serve as a gate. on personal data.
Atick advocated for adopting privacy-by-design principles and architecture, but also remedies for people whose civil or privacy rights have been violated, referring to the law of l ‘Illinois on the Privacy of Biometric Information (BIPA).
He also expressed some surprise that interoperability had not been addressed more often in the previous three days, saying it seemed to reflect the concept that the concept is less of a point of importance to industry than to the community.
Risk-based approaches to identity, as opposed to binary decision making, could help improve inclusion by enabling people to establish an identity that may not meet the requirements of regulated industries like financial services , but that might be sufficient for some essential government services, Atick and Pote pointed out.
Many other points were discussed and prizes to be awarded. The Movement’s live webinar series will resume in the new year.
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