The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the issuing body of the Aadhaar registry scheme, has signed a memorandum of understanding declaration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, joining efforts to develop a frictionless biometric system.

The agreement expresses a will between the two parties to undertake research which will develop the live fingerprint capture system and optimise national registration to fulfil one of the aims of Aadhaar – to collect everyone’s identity from birth until death.

Furthermore, in addition to provisioning verifiable 12 digit Aadhaar numbers, the UIDAI implemented two-factor authentication in February in a step to ensure authentic authentication to public use services.

The system is designed to facilitate mobile authentication and login processes into public services from home using multiple fingerprint biometrics, expanding the Aadhaar ecosystem which authenticates 70-80 million citizens every day. The UIDAI’s authentication process matches biometric data provided by the fingerprint capture and compares it to the Aadhaar holder’s personal identity data, which issues a personalised number.

Artificial Intelligence and two-factor authentication are added features to the Aadhaar-based fingerprint authentication which will manage spoofing attacks.