The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has achieved a significant milestone by launching its cutting-edge Automated Finger Identification System (AFIS), branded as “NADIR”, for civil purposes. With the development of this state-of-the-art technology, NADRA has joined the ranks of premier biometric identification technology providers worldwide.
NADRA has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in the field of advanced digital technologies related to identity management, biometrics, border control, and e-governance. The organisation has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of digital identity, its verification, and security.
‘NADIR’ represents a major advancement in the field of biometrics, utilising the unique characteristics of fingerprints to establish a robust and reliable method of identity verification. Based on the Fingerprint Verification Competition (FVC), an internationally acclaimed benchmarking conducted in Italy, NADIR has achieved an impressive accuracy rate exceeding 99.5%.
Speaking during the launching ceremony, NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said that the indigenous development of AFIS technology is a groundbreaking development, not only in the field of civil identification but also in the pursuit of nation-building. “The right kind of innovation builds not only organisations or governments – it also builds countries. With its advanced technology, we can now accurately and quickly store fingerprints and identify individuals for a wide range of purposes as a public good, from immigration to border control to social services.”
NADRA’s development of AFIS technology has helped Pakistan join the league of nations that have developed their indigenous AFIS technology. NADRA is now set to offer its product in the international market to help countries improve civil identification, border control, and e-governance. The global market for biometric identification technology is mostly dominated by providers from developed countries like the USA, UK, Russia, Japan, France, Germany and others.
Overall, NADRA’s indigenous development of AFIS technology represents a groundbreaking achievement, not only in the field of civil identification but also in the pursuit of nation-building. It underscores the organisation’s commitment to innovation and further solidifies its position as a global leader in advanced identity management solutions. The advanced technology can accurately and quickly store fingerprints and identify individuals for a wide range of purposes as a public good, from immigration to border control to social services.