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Officials Employ Biometrics In Attempt To Revitalize An Education System
Pakistan is working to rescue an education system plagued by fraud through an innovative project utilizing mobile fingerprint biometrics.
The project is funded through the Global Partnership for Education and aligned with the World Bank’s Identification for Development initiative. It relies on mobile biometric identification technology to enroll and verify the identity of over 150,000 Pakistani teachers throughout rural communities subjected to years of civil unrest. Although approximately 7,000 schools have been destroyed or abandoned, some individuals continue to fleece a government facing challenges in funding its educational system.
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A UNICEF study found that these “ghost schools” deprive roughly five million children from receiving an education creating a “knowledge gap” that impacts the country’s ability to prepare a future generation of its citizens for quality jobs and economic growth or preserve its history and cultural heritage.
To limit fraud, the Pakistan Education Department equips officials with mobile identity solutions utilizing Integrated Biometrics’ Columbo single-finger scanner. Traveling to remote villages, officials verify the identity and location of valid educators through electronic fingerprinting in concert with a matching database.
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About Integrated Biometrics
Integrated Biometrics (IB), a pioneer in biometric fingerprint technology, designs and manufactures advanced, high-resolution touchless and FBI-certified contact identity solutions for government, law enforcement, military, social services, and a wide range of commercial applications. IB’s lightweight scanners, supported by our patented light-emitting sensor (LES) technology, outperform traditional fingerprint devices in size, power consumption, portability, and reliability. Global organizations rely on IB’s products to enroll and verify identities quickly and accurately, even in remote locations under extreme conditions. Commercial enterprises, government and financial services organizations depend on IB to build innovative, secure applications to establish identity in accordance with national and international standards.