A consortium led by tech companies Mahindra Satyam and Morpho played a key role in the successful testing and issuance of first UID numbers on Wednesday in Maharashtra. This consortium was among the three successful bidders to the prestigious Aadhaar project and inked the formal contract with UIDAI for a duration of two years.
While Mahindra-Satyam is a well known company in India, Morpho, a technology company in the Safran group, is a global supplier of identification, detection and e-document solutions.
Mahindra Satyam and Morpho will develop and maintain systems that will cross-check every new application by sifting through the biometrics database, preventing accidental or fraudulent duplication and ensuring that each identification number is unique. Morpho will provide the biometric technology while Mahindra Satyam will integrate and provide support across platforms and databases
Aadhaar, the largest identity program in the world is designed to secure the identity of the residents of India, which is currently close to 1.2 billion. Based on latest generation biometric technologies (fingerprints and iris recognition), it aims to provide a unique identification number to each Indian resident to provide them with secure access to benefits and services (education, telecom, medical care, banking and financial services) as well as political and economic rights.