Government ID

Strong value in a vast market


Value propositions

Driven by terrorism, illegal immigration, identity theft and several other forms of crime, countries around the world are actively looking for new solutions.  Providing citizens with secure and convenient ways to authenticate constitutes an important tool fighting the ongoing wars on these serious issues.

The World’s most populous countries including India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan and Nigeria are at present developing and deploying their first biometric national ID programs.  I these first generation projects citizens will typically authenticate using fingerprints when collecting social benefits or performing electronic payments. Such projects require biometrically enabled infrastructure,  normally including external fingerprint scanners or fingerprint sensor embedded into various form factors such as ID verification terminals and POS (Point of Sales Devices).

Going forward it is anticipated that the investments done in the first generations of solutions will be leveraged in new applications and product formats.  Such product formats will typically be tokens, keyfobs, smart cards or other product formats that can be fully controlled by the governments.

The value propositions of such government applications are attractive for all parties involved in the value chain.

Key requirements

Government applications are highly security focused and the solutions must be able to serve very close to 100% of the targeted populations. Furthermore, citizen verification will often occur in challenging environments both in terms of average finger quality and environmental conditions. Biometric performance requirements for such markets will typically be similar to Class 3 level (ref e.g. the Aadhaar testing regimes in India).

Also, Government applications typically demand one-touch-enrollment organised with large sized sensors in dedicated enrollment centres. So called biometric deduplication methods are used to make sure that each person can only register once. This is both to ensure very high quality of the enrolled prints and also to avoid fraudulent, duplicate ids.

Enrolled prints (or print templates) are typically being stored according to national legislation and ISO/ANSI standards, allowing storage in centralized databases, minimizing the risk of fraud and allowing prints to be used by multiple sensor suppliers (see interoperability). Major governmental customers will not allow the financial or logistical risks of having a single source, proprietary system suppliers.

Today all known small and medium sized sensor systems are based on proprietary (non-standard) solutions. A large quality area sensor, adhering to industry standards enables the mandatory levels of interoperability (compatibility of collected data among multiple sensor suppliers) at system level.

Being security focused, government applications are typically not allowed to offer any pin-code or password fallback to biometrics. The number of false rejections thus must be very low as the fallback solution in case of malfunction will typically be a visit to a public office.

Fundamental requirements

These features are all critically important to customer project success.Comment:
– Ability to serve close to 100% of the targeted usersSensor size dependent
– Uncompromised security (FAR 1 in 50-100 k)Sensor size dependent
– Time-constant convenience (FRR <1% – 2%)Sensor size dependent
– Power consumption compatible with Class A, B contact readers


Important features

These features may be subject to some compromises, but are still all important to project success.Comment:
– Full ISO-complianceSensor size dependent
– Interoperability enrolled prints (non-proprietary solution)Sensor size dependent
– Credible testing documentation (Class 3 )Sensor size dependent
– Logistical capability to serve 50 mill + yearly marketSensor size dependent
– Realistic pricing of the biometric system solution


Related products:

SolutionActive sensing areaInterfaceSoftware/drivers
NB-0610-S Chipset11.9 x 17.9mmSPISelect embedded microprocessors


Fighting Crime
A significant contributor fighting high level crime
Quality Critical application
Uncompromised and time-constant security for close to 100% of the target populations
Segment complexity
The complexity of achieving these performance requirements grows dramatically from inhouse -> indoor -> outdoor -> outdoor challenging environments.
Class 3
Required test regime in most major government ID applications
This segment can only be served by sensors meeting the ISO requirement of 169 mm² minimum sensor area