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UIDAI wants to make mobile phones Aadhaar-enabled

The authority holds the discussion with top smartphone makers

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 29 2016 12:31PM | Updated Date: Jul 29 2016 12:31PM

UIDAI wants to make mobile phones Aadhaar-enabled

Ajay Bhushan Pandey, chief executive officer of UIDAI



Smartphone could soon become a one-stop instrument for instant identity authentication that will allow people to receive all government services that work on the Aadhaar platform. It will be a game changer for India's public policy.


A meeting between Ajay Bhushan Pandey, chief executive officer of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administers Aadhaar, and senior executives of smartphone-makers Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Micromax, and product software think tank iSPIRT.


In the meeting it authority and makers discussed ways to make mobile phone handsets Aadhaar-enabled and user friendly.


Pandey told media the initial response of smartphone company executives was "positive" and they said they will have to consult their headquarters before taking the idea further. 


UIDAI's idea is to make chips of Aadhaar and enabled in smartphones which will be encrypted with a UIDAI key and the phones will be connected to the Aadhaar server.


The key is a security feature to prevent information leakage. The server connection will allow instant fingerprint and iris authentication. 


"This can be a game-changing feature in phones to become the identity of a person and let him do more transactions on the phone in a secure manner. This is perhaps the first time something like this will be attempted in the world," the UIDAI CEO said.