Aadhaar biometrics for elderly to be made nearly foolproof with facial ID

The introduction of facial identification as well as the use of finger-prints will address the complaints of failed bio-metrics in Aadhaar authentication. A study done on elderly people has shown that this combination delivers a 99% success rate.

The study was done by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The results have also been shown to the Supreme Court.

The study shows that acceptance of Aadhaar identification rose from 83% for senior citizens to nearly 100% when facial recognition was mated with finger-prints for authentication.

This will offer some relief as many elderly people have been facing problems as their finger-prints are sometimes worn out due to age. This means their details cannot be captured by authentication machines. In many cases, they are being denied pensions and welfare benefits.

This is also true for people who do hard manual labor. As a result, their fingers are cracked.

The iris method of authentication for senior citizens is also subject to problems for the elderly. There are changes in the iris with age and insertion of medical devices like lenses or conditions like cataract or glaucoma.

The UID has worked to increase options and sophistication of technology to reduce authentication failures among groups like seniors and labourers as this takes away from important objectives associated with Aadhaar such as facilitating bank access and direct transfers to vulnerable groups.

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