In 2006, for the first time in the history of Zambia, its government used an automated system for its national election using the biometric information of the registered voters by loading it into a database through the Electoral Commission of Zambia’s (ECZ) technological partner, the ID Global Solutions Corporation (IDGS).
Because of the successful turnout, the ECZ used the IDSearch technology of IDGS for every national election since 2006.
During its first usage during the 2006 elections in Zambia, IDSearch registered over six million voter fingerprint images and registration records and produced highly accurate Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) templates. Fingerprint match processing and deduplication of over 500 billion records was completed. Other African nations that have selected IdSearch include Ghana, Swaziland, and Guinea.
AFIS is used for biometric enrollment, template production, and template management and de-duplication services. It also offers customized biometric algorithms capable of searching multiple biometric samples simultaneously.
Fast forward to present day, IDGS which is now known as Ipsidy has developed IDSearch into a multi-modal, biometric matching software biometric identification service that provides an easy to manage, biometric identity solutions intended for security purposes in the palm of your hands.
Ipsidy is a Delaware-based provider of secure, biometric identification, identity management, and electronic transaction processing services. IDSearch is now developed into an easy-to-manage biometric identity security application which is both compatible with IOS and Android devices to meet the demands of the digital world.
It is aimed to reduce costs and liabilities associated with fraud and identity theft through its sophisticated security features to support a variety of vertical markets, including but not limited to border security, public safety, public transportation, enterprise security, electronic payments transactions and financial services. Ipsidy aims to provide our customers, who operate in physical environments or within mobile ecosystems, with the next level of identity authentication and transaction security, control and certainty.
IDSearch has seven main features:
- Scalable biometric enrollment and matching capabilities
- Proprietary image processing and tier 1 fingerprint algorithms
- Robust biometric template generation with information such as minutia position, type, core and delta position
- Multi-modal capability for other biometric modalities, e.g. facial and iris
- Wide range of biometric backend search modes, including 1:1, 1: Few, and 1: N
- API documentation and developer support for third-party integration
- Simple plug and play integration of third-party biometric capture devices
Not only several African nations took advantage of the very useful technology brought by IDSearch, also the U.S government that is pushing to implement a national ID system using biometric identity has been using IDSearch since 2007 under the US Department of Homeland Security to support the issuance of the US Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to more than 4.5 million Department of Homeland Security employees. The technology and features used in IDSearch has boosted the integrity of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background checks and security threat assessments and it also enhanced the security of U.S’s nation ports and transportation facilities.
To learn about IDSearch and to take advantage of a free demonstration, you can visit its website https://www.ipsidy.com/identification.