Saturday, September 27, 2014

Instant mobile connection activation using Aadhaar cards

Imagine walking into a store empty-handed and walks out with a working new mobile connection. That is going to be a reality soon if you have an Aadhaar card. Even the physical presence of the Aadhaar card is not required, just the UID number is enough. Telecom ministry was asked to work with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by PM Narendra Modi to make this a reality as soon as possible.

Now there are a high number of cases of people use someone else’s identity papers to get SIM card from an unauthorized person. This is called identity theft. By using Aadhaar card to verify identity by checking the persons bio-metric linked with the provided UID will prevent it.
The officials said the telecom companies were willing to implement E-KYC solution and install bio-metric readers with their vendors to provide online authentication of a person having an Aadhaar number.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Proclaimed Financial Inclusion affected by unwanted complexity

In recent times, the government of India putting great efforts to bring financial inclusion to everyone. This has to happen through banks and other financial institutions.  The key to this is the usage of unique id to operate bank accounts as well as other services. For this to happen the service provider institutions has to enroll as AUA(Authentication User Agency) and KUA(KYC User Agency) with the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). This enrollment is mandatory because this enables UIDAI to make sure that only relevant organization can provide E-KYC and Aadhaar based authentication and prevent the miss use of the system.

Monday, September 8, 2014

India Government all set to embrace bio-metric technology for cash transfers

Imagine walking into an ATM with empty handed (without any card) and does the withdrawal using bio-metric authentication and walks out with cash. Yes, no more passwords/pins. That's the future going to be. Imagine a world where you don't have to remember any passwords...that's what gonna happen if UID bio-metric authentication becomes a standard everywhere.

Last Saturday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was keen on using the biometric technology to "stop leakages" in different welfare schemes. Bank accounts will be linked to both Aadhaar and NPR for cash transfers. The finance ministry has been directed to work out a mechanism for linking NPR to bank accounts.

What this means Aadhaar authentication and E-KYC is the need of the hour for institutions who deal with the public.