BIO-key International, a provider of finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, and Tiger IT, a provider of both prepackaged and customized software solutions, have been awarded an exclusive contract for the biometric-based credentialing solution for the Bangladesh Voter Registration Project.
This solution is being used to prepare voter rolls and issue national ID cards in preparation for Bangladesh’s general elections to be held in 2008. The initial implementation of the solution has successfully registered and issued national Id cards for nearly five million people and demonstrated the creation of local voter rolls for the election. The registration process, which is designed to be convenient for citizens, incorporates a timesaving pre-registration step as well as scheduled appointment times to enroll each citizen’s biometric information including photograph, four fingerprints and signature. The biometric enrollment process takes about 5 to 6 minutes per person.
Ziaur Rahman, managing director of Tiger IT, said: Tiger IT’s implementation of Web-key performed above expectations. Operating at more than one million matches per second on a single processor, it accurately identified duplicate registrations. This performance, combined with the outstanding methodology developed by the Bangladesh Army to collect and process the data, sets the stage to complete the nationwide registration by the summer of 2008.