Veridos Inaugurates Ugandan Biometric ID Printing Plant

According to one vendor, there are five main challenges nations face in going fully digital with IDs.

Veridos has published hurdles that need to be overcome to move countries from physical IDs to physical and digital to fully digital. Veridos has also paved the way for a remarkable infrastructure project in Africa.

In describing the way forward, the integrated ID company brandishes the unfortunate marketing word “phygital” for the transition period leading to digital.

First, according to the company, bridge-period biometric IDs must adopt some of the security features of currency — holographic images, including portraits and watermarks, and surfaces that can be felt in relief.

Next, governments need to build a secure, statewide infrastructure that, among other things, can handle a high volume of sometimes large data transactions. This is more common when information or people cross international borders.

One of the biggest challenges will be to help create international standards for virtual and physical biometric identifiers. Veridos notes the work done by the United Nations to harmonize relevant identity documents. It will be a Herculean task, which could wait for the resolution of a crisis.

Fourth, every nation must create systems that give people sovereignty over their own data. Centralized control in a manageable format is perhaps the least complex method to prevent the wrong entity from using someone’s data in a misguided or illegal way.

Finally, as noted above, the entire system – from the cards to the system interface to compensation for misuse – must be designed with the data owner in mind. This means systems and procedures that are clear and simple enough to be easily used months or years apart, because that’s how people will interact with the system if at least in theory.

Here and Now, Veridos has begun construction of a printing plant in Entebbe, Uganda for security documents, including biometric passports.

The company claims that there are few such printers in African countries. It is a joint venture with the Ugandan public printer and Veridos. Materials printed on the new site will only be used by the Ugandan government.

More details on the project are here.

Veridos has partnered with other governments on digital ID document factories, including in Costa Rica.

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Africa | biometric passport | biometrics | digital identification | identity document | Uganda | Veridos

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