Government Plans A ‘Touchless’ Vaccination Process, With Aadhaar-Based Facial Recognition
An Aadhaar-based facial recognition system could soon replace biometric fingerprint or iris scan machines at COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country to avoid infections. The government is working on a pilot project to check the authenticity of facial recognition using Aadhaar data. National Health Authority CEO R.S. Sharma said that the Aadhaar agency, the Unique […]
An Aadhaar-based facial recognition system could soon replace biometric fingerprint or iris scan machines at COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country to avoid infections. The government is working on a pilot project to check the authenticity of facial recognition using Aadhaar data.
National Health Authority CEO R.S. Sharma said that the Aadhaar agency, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has deployed the best facial recognition algorithms, which they will be utilizing from now on.
The Touchless Process
“We have started a pilot in Jharkhand which is reporting more than 1,000 successful authentications via facial recognition on a daily basis at the vaccination sites, this move will make the entire vaccination process touchless,” said Sharma, who is also the chairperson of the empowered committee for the administration of Covid vaccination.
Currently, the beneficiaries at the vaccination centers need to touch their fingers at the machine for biometric authentication. They also need to touch the equipment for iris authentication.
What Is Digital Certification In India?
India is closely aligning its digital certificates with international standards. The World Health Organisation is still working on the final standards for digital vaccination certificates.
In India, digital certificates are given to vaccine recipients through COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network, Co-WIN, as proof of vaccination. The system uses Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, which is an for exchanging healthcare information electronically.
“It is a digitally verifiable certificate. The QR code on the certificate is encrypted and on being checked, it will show all information related to who gave the vaccine shot to the recipients, when and where it was given, which vaccine was given apart from other details,” R S Sharma said.
He added that these certificates might soon be required for people to travel internationally. “Also, these certificates may be used to enter buildings domestically.”
It Is Unique and Scalable
The system has not reported any glitches since 1 March and is delivering digital certificates in local languages, labeling Co-WIN as “unique” and “scalable.”
The platform can handle a load of 10,000 users per second. It has so far “smoothly” generated 30 lakh digital certificates.
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