Deputy Director, Office of Registrar General of India
A key application of smart cards is authentication. Authentication of a resident is possible in the offline and online modes. For online authentication connectivity plays an important role. Department of electronics and information technology (DietY) has taken multiple steps on the issue of connectivity. There is a NIC-supported NICNET which reaches all districts and DietY has facilitated state wide area networks (SWANs). But the lack of connectivity in far-flung places is a constraint. This has forced us to go for offline authentication. To enable offline authentication we are storing the biometric and other information on the chip. Wherever there is a card reader facility we can read the chip and authenticate an individual. We just need to load the card reader with the specific application and it will identify that the person is genuine.
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