IDEMIA Smart Identity to Upgrade Nigeria’s Biometric Identity System

IDEMIA Smart Identity, a French multinational specializing in biometrics solutions, is set to upgrade Nigeria’s national biometric identity system in partnership with Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), supported by the World Bank’s ID4D program.

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IDEMIA Smart Identity to Upgrade Nigeria’s Biometric Identity System

The upgrades aim to ensure the uniqueness of each citizen’s identity in the civil database, which will store up to 250 million records. IDEMIA asserts that the renewed partnership and system upgrade will make NIMC’s biometric system one of the most advanced in the world.

Nevertheless, the upgraded biometric matching system will have the capacity to process 1 million 1:1 and 1:N identification verification searches daily.

While 1:1 authentication is commonly used for routine tasks like unlocking smartphones, 1:N authentication finds application in areas such as border control and criminal identification.

The existing system, initially designed to accommodate 100 million records, currently holds around 90 million records, necessitating the upgrade to cover Nigeria’s entire population, estimated at 218 million in 2022.

Importance of Leveraging Advanced Biometric Technologies

The upgrade will also ensure compliance with OSIA, an open standard for interfaces facilitating interaction within the identity management ecosystem.

Abisoye Coker-Odusote, CEO of NIMC and chairman of the OSIA Advisory Committee, expressed the commitment to delivering a top-tier solution for Nigerians, emphasizing the future-proof nature of the biometric matching system to accommodate the country’s growing population.

The collaboration between IDEMIA, NIMC, and the World Bank underscores the importance of leveraging advanced biometric technologies to enhance identity management systems, paving the way for efficient and secure citizen identification processes in Nigeria.



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