L-1 Identity Solutions, a provider of identity solutions and services, has received US$24.5 million in purchase orders for finger and iris biometric capture devices for the initial phase of India's Unique Identification Number (UID) program, or AADHAAR. The orders include both fingerprint slap devices and iris cameras, both of which have been certified for the UID program by the Standardization, Testing and Quality Certification Directorate for the Government of India's Department of Information Technology (DIT).
Some units have already shipped and the remainder is expected to ship now through March 2011. The orders were received from multiple sources participating in the UID program and L-1 expects to continue to receive additional orders for more units throughout the program's five-year enrollment cycle.
The UID program seeks to gather basic demographic and biometric (iris and finger) information from an estimated 1.2 billion residents in India to establish the uniqueness of individuals in order to issue them twelve digit identification numbers that will serve as verification of identity anywhere in the country. The UID can be used for access to goods and services such as food, education, telecom, medical care, banking and financial services.
L-1 is the only company selected by UID as a BSP and certified as a device provider. Illustrating its commitment to this critical program, L-1, through a contract manufacturing partner, has established a manufacturing facility in India that will begin producing devices for this program in the fourth quarter of 2010.