BIO-key® and Tiger IT Bangladesh Voter Registration Project Nearing Completion
Solution Prevents Duplicate Registrations and Issues Voter Rolls and National ID Cards
Wall, NJ and Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 17, 2008 – BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), 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 their deployment of a biometric-based credentialing solution for the Bangladesh Voter Registration Project is scheduled to conclude at the end of this month. This exclusive contract was implemented in 2007, in order to prepare voter lists and issue national ID cards, in preparation for Bangladesh’s general elections to be held in December of 2008.
To date, the solution has successfully registered and issued national ID cards for more than 75 million people and was the basis for the creation of local voter lists for the upcoming election. The registration process takes no more than six minutes and incorporates scheduled appointment times to enroll each citizen’s biometric information. The enrollment data includes four fingerprints, captured with BIO-key's fingerprint ID software and FBI-certified fingerprint readers. BIO-key's WEB-key development platform was utilized to detect duplicate registrations. Additionally, the solution employed 500 ID management servers developed by Tiger IT and over 8,000 laptop computers equipped with Tiger IT enrollment software. The biometric enrollment process has generated more than 300 million ISO fingerprint templates, making it the largest biometric deployment ever recorded.
"Tiger IT, BIO-key and Cognitec, in fulfilling their technical promises, have demonstrated they can ensure high quality enrollment data by deploying a powerful identity management solution that delivers accurate, high-speed alias detection on a large scale," commented Major General Shafiq, Military Secretary of the Bangladesh Army, which is co-managing the project with the Bangladesh Elections Commission.
“Tiger IT’s implementation of WEB-key® continues to perform above expectations. Operating at more than one million matches per second on a single processor, it accurately identified duplicate registrations,” said Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director of Tiger IT. “This performance, combined with the outstanding methodology developed by the Bangladesh Army to collect and process the data, provided a solid foundation to enable the nationwide registration to be completed by August of 2008.”
A survey of the registration process, funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), was conducted earlier this year. “It is going to be a list of quality no less than that of America (USA) or England (UK),” concluded Dr. Mohammed Yusuf, one of the consultants for the survey.
Beyond establishing more accurate voter lists to help ensure a full and fair election, the ability to verify one’s identity provides significant benefits in the course of each citizen’s daily life. For example, the National ID card is used by citizens to access up to twenty-two different services managed or offered by the government. The National ID card also includes a standard barcode encoded with ISO fingerprint templates and PKI digital hash that can be used to quickly verify the identity of the cardholder while ensuring the integrity and authenticity of the ID card.
“BIO-key was proud to play an integral part in assisting Bangladesh to produce voter rolls and identity cards,” stated Michael DePasquale, President and CEO of BIO-key. “The consistency and reliability of our VST and WEB-key platforms, including our Intelligent Image Indexing™ technology, have been instrumental in the deployment of this large scale national initiative to register voters and detect duplicates to ensure a free and fair election. With over 300 Million ISO fingerprint templates already generated, and 400 million projected to be generated, this is by far the largest biometric deployment in the world and another validation of the value of technologies that BIO-key has developed over the last ten years. Our ID platforms provide superior accuracy, speed and scalability while requiring minimal hardware infrastructure and are being evaluated for a host of additional projects around the world.”
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 fingerprint identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 1,000 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 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.
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