Dragnet To Launch Biometric Identity Database


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Dragnet Solutions, Nigeria’s leading computer-based testing and talent management firm, in partnership with the UK-based biometric solutions company, Warwick Warp (UK) Limited, will soon launch a Centralized Biometric Identity Database for West African Countries.

With biometrics, identification of humans by their characteristics or traits is possible. The technology uses biometric identifiers – distinctive, measurable characteristics – to label and describe individuals, categorised by their physiological and behavioural characteristics.

The traits include voice, DNA, handprint and behaviour.

Robert Ikhazoboh, Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, said the sub-sector needs a private-sector led modern and efficient identification system initiative.

“At Dragnet Solutions, we are noted for our bouquet of innovative products and services that are carefully designed to address seemingly intractable challenges,” Ikhazoboh said.

According to him, “In Nigeria, for instance, the National Identity Card scheme has been hampered by different issues and there seems to it for now. The Centralized Biometric Identity Database is, therefore, the solution to the identity verification problem of the country. We are partnering a renowned Warwick Warp to deliver this solution. We will start with some private organizations like educational institutions, oil companies, among others that handle a lot of data in the course of their businesses, and we also plan to extend it to the public sector later.”

He revealed that the project would be launched in March this year accompanied by supportive innovative identity management solutions for the sub region.

Founded from the University of Warwick and being members of the international Signal and Image Processing Research Group, Warwick Warp is noted for best fingerprint matching algorithm in the World. Warwick Warp has three dimensional modeling of fingerprints that operate by applying a mathematical model to identify the features of interest.

On the roles of Warwick Warp in the project, Ikhazoboh said the project would utilize their innovative mathematical modeling approach, which would neutralize the effects of prints that are difficult to capture.

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