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Nilekani asks researchers to help UIAI solve challenges

Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 21:28

Bangalore: Chairman of the Unique
Identification Authority of India Nandan Nilekani today sought
the help of researchers in solving the "massive computational
challenges and problems" in the implementation of the UIAI

"There is no way we can do this alone. We are going to
need help from all of you (researchers)", he said launching a
computer science community portal of
Microsoft Research India at its annual research symposium
"TechVista 2010" and fifth year celebrations here.

Nilekani said the project`s idea is to give a unique
identification to over a billion Indians.

There will be a thousand challenges to the research
community as it will be the biggest biometric data base that
has ever been made, he said.

Listing out the project`s advantages, he said it would
help in bridging the digital divide and also help ensure that
public spending is really delivered to the right people.

Nilekani said there are quite a few tasks ahead which
include creation of a big data depository and adoption of
Unique Identification. The project, he said, aims to provide
online authentication of identity.

UIAI`s technology group is in Bangalore, he said adding
"we intend to float a request for proposal by next week". A
`proof of concept` will be shown in two to three states in the
coming months.

The first set of UID`s will be rolled out between August
2010 and February 2011,he said.


First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 21:28

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