Bio-key International, Inc. and Tiger IT are partnering to develop Phase I of a biometric-based credentialing system for the Bangladeshi Voter Registration Project. The program will start with the general elections in 2008. The program enrolls and manages digital identities, prevents duplicate registrations and issues temporary national identity cards. The identity management system is a multi-modal biometric solution that also includes Cognitec’s FaceVACS™ facial software. Bio-key’s Intelligent Image Indexing™ has enabled over 500,000 records to be enrolled using only three desktop computers. The Bangladesh Army and Elections Commission anticipates turnout to be up to 100 million people.
BIO-key® and Tiger IT Awarded Contract to Deliver Biometric-Based Credentialing Solution to the Country of Bangladesh
Wall, NJ and Dhaka, Bangladesh — BIO-key International, Inc., a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, and Tiger IT BD Ltd. (Tiger IT), a leader in both prepackaged and customized software solutions, today announced that they have been awarded Phase 1 of a multi-phase project to deliver a biometric-based credentialing solution for the Bangladeshi Voter Registration Project. This solution is being deployed in preparation for Bangladesh’s general elections – to be held in 2008 – and also for the subsequent issuance of national identity cards.
The Bangladesh Army and the Elections Commission – jointly responsible for the deployment and management of the Voter Registration Project – selected Tiger IT to provide voter registration and identity management software applications. Tiger IT had already selected BIO-key as its biometric technology partner for multiple in-country projects after working together to deliver a successful Voter Registration pilot project where the Bangladesh Army evaluated solutions from multiple teams. The identity management system is a multi-modal biometric solution that also includes Cognitec’s FaceVACS™ facial software for adjudication purposes.
“Tiger IT has broad experience with dynamic solution requirements like those that we were required to satisfy in this multi-stakeholder voter registration project,” said Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director of Tiger IT. “We are extremely impressed with the Bangladesh Army’s ability to formulate an effective methodology for such a large-scale project so quickly and efficiently, and their help in evaluating various biometric technologies. Equally impressive was BIO-key’s fingerprint matching algorithm, which was superior to the others that were evaluated during the pilot.”
Phase 1 of the project, which has already begun, includes the enrollment of up to 7 million people on nearly 1,400 mobile enrollment clients. Due to the limited availability of server hardware, BIO-key’s Intelligent Image Indexing™ enabled over 500,000 records to be enrolled and checked for duplicates using only three desktop computers running the Linux server operating system; an industry first.
“With input from the Army’s staff and the project team, Tiger IT and BIO-key demonstrated the ability to work with a minimum amount of hardware to deliver a robust suite of identity management applications,” commented Major General Shafiq, Military Secretary of the Bangladesh Army. “They accomplished this while also ensuring that no one is registered more than once into the systems. We have been most pleased with the performance of both companies.”
Details on the project’s remaining phases are still in the planning stages. However, the Bangladesh Army and Elections Commission foresee the deployment of an additional 8,000 enrollment workstations and over 500 servers to manage the citizen turnout which is expected to reach up to 100 million people.
“Tiger IT’s stellar development team using our WEB-key and VST development platforms, and Cognitec’s facial recognition software, created a turn-key multi-modal identity management system within a matter of weeks,” stated Michael DePasquale, President and CEO of BIO-key. “Additionally, the Bangladesh Army provided timely and crucial input. This joint effort demonstrates that emerging nations, using identity tools like those from BIO-key, can build solutions to meet their specific requirements. We have been so impressed with Tiger IT’s application suite, we are now jointly marketing their solution in other countries. This contract and our previous deployment for the Nigerian general election in April is proof positive that BIO-key has developed the most accurate and efficient finger matching technology for large-scale identification.”
BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key’s mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key’s high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 750 police departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for law enforcement. (http://www.bio-key.com).
About Cognitec Systems
Cognitec Systems with headquarters in Dresden, Germany, and offices in Herndon, VA; Miami, FL; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, develops and markets the well-established and world-leading FaceVACS® face recognition software.
About Tiger IT
Tiger IT BD Ltd., headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a full-service developer of enterprise software applications and solutions for both government agencies and the private sector. Tiger IT is routinely considered by many to employ the most experienced and capable development team in Bangladesh. Some of the end-customers that benefit from Tiger IT include global Fortune 500 corporations. Tiger IT’s US counterpart has recently signed a 4 million dollar contract to prevent online media piracy using a solution developed primarily in Bangladesh (http://tigeritbd.com).