UIDAI pilot project begins in Mysore

Biometric details of staff members of Zilla Panchayat and Deputy Commissioner’s office in the city were collated on the occasion of launch. Speaking to media persons, Assistant Director General of UIDAI K K Sharma said the biometric details would be collected in two rounds from six villages in the district.

Comat, an agency, has been roped in to provide the technical support to the test phase of the project.  Similar tests are being carried out in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar apart from Karnataka. Pilot test has been launched in areas surrounding Tumkur and Mysore in the State.

Sample collection

Elaborating on the process, Sharma said no cards or numbers will be issued during this phase, which is more of a sampling period.  Tests will be repeated with to yield 20,000 common samples among them.

Final pilot will be launched by August 2010 with the actual process taking off by December 2010. “We will collect excess samples by 2000 - 3000 so that we have a fair margin when we compare data,” he said.

About 20 sets of gadgets comprising a two-mega pixel web camera to capture image of the person, slab finger scanner to record the finger prints, single finger scanners, iris camera are being used. The whole process takes about five minutes or even less than that. The details are being collected across 14 centres in Mysore.

First phase

Around Mysore, samples will be collected from Varuna, Chikkalli and Hadinaaru till April 20.  Villagers of Gavadagere will provide for samples between April 22 and 28, while Thippooru between April 25 and 30. The operation will be wound up for the first phase with Hommaragalli samples being collected between May 1 and 4.

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