Business Wire India
Iridian Technologies Facilitates Affordabe Housing Program in
Andhra Pradesh, India
 
Moorstown, NJ, USA - July 12, 2005

Iris Recognition system validates identification to ensure equal opportunity

Iridian Technologies, the world leader in the development and commercialization of iris recognition technology, today announced a pilot program to employ its iris recognition solution for administrative control in the allocation of some 9,000 affordable homes in the Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Under the “Rajiv Gruha Kalpa- affordable housing programme for the urban poor” initiated by the Department of Housing in the State of Andhra Pradesh, an initial stock of affordable homes in Guntur District will be made available, with an enrollment process that incorporates iris recognition of applicant couples to prevent duplicate applications.

Iridian’s ProofPositive™ technology enables a simple procedure for capturing and digitally encoding an image of the irises of the expected applicants. Database storage of the encoded image allows the authorities to efficiently manage the identity of affordable housing beneficiaries, as well as other welfare programs available through the State. Identity is managed through Iridian’s certified technology, including Panasonic’s BM-ET100 cameras.

“Current plans call for 9,000 affordable homes of the planned 200,000 Andhra Pradesh housing welfare scheme to be in the Guntur District, and we look forward to proving that iris recognition is an effective means of keeping administrative control over such a complex undertaking,” stated Mrs. Jaya Lakshmi, the Guntur District Collector. The Rajiv Gruha Kalpa program is intended to allow poor and working poor families who currently rent substandard housing to own their own homes. In fact, she noted that even at this early stage the trial has already disclosed at least two cases of ineligible applications.

“We are proud to deploy India’s first iris recognition based welfare scheme,” said Dr. Sreeni Tripuraneni, President & CEO for 4G Informatics. “In developing countries like India, where different Government Solutions organizations are spending a lot of money on welfare programs, iris recognition technology establishes the true identity of eligible clients and ensures that benefits are extended only to needy poor people.”

“We are pleased to supply the enabling technology for such a worthwhile Government Solutions program,” said Tarvinder Sembhi, Director – Business Development for Iridian Technologies. “Iridian is proud to play an important role in ensuring that every family eligible for aid has an equal opportunity.”

About Iris Recognition Technology Iris recognition technology identifies people by the unique patterns of the iris - the colored ring around the pupil of the eye. Iris recognition is non-invasive, easy to use, and the most accurate biometric for secure identification.

Iridian’s patented PrivateID technology includes camera drivers for IrisCode template creation using standard video technology without bright lights or lasers. KnoWho Authentication Server is Iridian’s highly scalable server that provides interoperability for all Private ID-enabled cameras and applications. This one-to-all security solution ensures individual authentication against millions of records, and is ideal for public-use applications such as border control or simplified passenger travel.

About Iridian Technologies:
Iridian Technologies, Inc. of Moorestown, NJ develops and commercializes software for iris recognition - renowned as one of the most accurate biometric identifiers. The holder of US and international patents behind iris recognition technologies, Iridian offers unparalleled security for public-use applications such as simplified passenger travel, border control, national IDs, as well as physical building access and information access. For more information, visit www.iridiantech.com

About 4G Informatics: 
4G Informatics is an international IT organization with expertise in healthcare and identification technologies. In India, 4G Informatics’ main focus is on solutions based on iris recognition, and the company has deployed number of applications for different Government Solutions organizations across the country. For more information, visit www.4ginformatics.com

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