4G Identity Solutions Facilitates UN Food Distribution in India

4G Identity Solutions ("4G ID") won a contract with the United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) to expand a critical food distribution program with the objective of eliminating fraud and ensuring that all qualified citizens receive their proper share of assistance. The contract calls for expanding the WFP's Public Distribution System (PDS) project in the state of Orissa, India by completing the enrollment of the entire population of the Rayagada district and providing an end-to-end solution for PoS distribution that works effectively in remote areas. Whereas the earlier project has resulted in the elimination of duplicate and bogus identities, the current project will ensure that the cardholders are empowered to exercise their full rights at the fair price shops (FPS) through better systems, infrastructure and data transparency.

The UN WFP undertook the PDS project on behalf of the Government of Orissa to reissue ration cards and institute new processes to better manage and monitor the distribution of food grains. The intent was to use the new technology and processes to eliminate fraud, so that aid gets to as many eligible recipients as possible. The first phase of the project, which was also implemented by 4G ID, was the multibiometric solution for approximately one million citizens in the Rayagada district. The solution captured three biometrics including a face picture, two irises and 10 fingerprints, and demographic details of citizen. In addition, 4G ID provided a specialized deduplication solution to eliminate fraud.

The current project has two objectives. First, 4G ID will setup and run biometric enrollment stations to enroll citizens in order to create an ID for all eligible beneficiaries in Rayagada. The second objective is to design, test and deploy an end-to-end biometric PoS solution, robust enough to handle food distribution in hundreds of rural locations. Such a system will ensure that the commodities are issued to beneficiaries only when one of the family member's credentials is verified at the assigned FPS. 4G ID is tasked with providing a number of technologies like biometric, barcode, smart card and wireless technologies in the PoS solution. In addition 4G ID will provide a centralized management information system to track and monitor the PDS system.

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