By Trisha Jalan
The Indian government is testing an aadhaar-based facial recognition system for COVID-19 vaccinations, RS Sharma, executive director of the National Health Authority, told The Print. The pilot is conducted in Jharkhand, which reports over 1,000 successful authentications via facial recognition to vaccination sites every day, he said.
Sharma said that Unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) has "deployed the best facial recognition algorithms we'll be using now". The move will make the vaccination process "non-contact," he said. Currently, individuals authenticate their biometric data either with their fingers or with the iris. Separately, Sharma said that Co-WIN can process millions of registrations and carry a load of 10,000 users per second. 3 million digital certificates for COVID-19 immunization have already been created.
UIDAI's face recognition algorithms will soon be rolled out in all vaccination centers. A pilot project has started in Jharkhand. There we carried out more than 1,000 authentications via facial recognition every day, says @ rssharma3
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It is worth noting that Sharma is the chair of the empowered committee for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. He was also head of UIDAI and headed the Indian telecommunications regulator for two consecutive terms.
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