Three new Aadhaar-enabled services set afloat

Three new Aadhaar-enabled services set afloat

Mobile telephone system to help authentication anytime, anywhere without biometric device

Three new Aadhaar-enabled services set afloat

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) unveiled on Friday, three new Aadhaar-enabled services which would help residents to authenticate their identity anytime and anywhere through a digital platform.

The three Aadhaar-enabled services are – e-KYC, OTP (one time pin) authentication and Iris authentication. The e-KYC service will enable individuals to authorise service providers to receive electronic copy of their proof of identity and address.

The e-KYC service can be deployed by different agencies to verify a resident's identity and address. Only demographic information (Name, Address, Date of Birth, Gender, Photograph & Mobile Number) that is collected during Aadhaar enrolment will be shared, at the request of, and/or with the consent of the Aadhaar number holder. However, the information will be available only for a few seconds to the service provider to avoid any misuse.

The OTP (one time pin) service enables Aadhaar-based authentication of all residents using their mobile telephone anytime, anywhere on a self-service mode without having to use biometric authentication device.

The third service will enable residents to authenticate identity for availing Aadhaar-enabled services by providing a combination of Aadhaar number and Iris image.

Under the OTP and iris authentication, the authority's digital platform would not share the demographic details and respond in ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to authenticate the identity of the resident. 

UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani also announced establishment of (around 300) permanent enrolment centres (Aadhaar Kendras).