NADRA all set to convert ID cards into digital wallets
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The National Database and Registration Authority have made the computerized national identity cards digital wallets under the government’s Digital Pakistan vision.
Speaking to a local news outlet, Nadra chief Tariq Malik said, “We’ve launched the ‘Pak Identity’ mobile app as a fundamental building block of digital ID. The initiative will enable applicants of national identity cards via an online portal. The app enables capture of biometric fingerprints, facial recognition, and scan documents needed to process a person’s Identity card using smartphones, without visiting respective offices (NADRA and embassy).”
“In a short time, 75,000 overseas Pakistanis have processed their national identity cards [called Nicop] from their homes by using the app, which is supported by two-factor authentication.” The app is available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Users will be able to avail the facility through an app by the end of this year.
Malik further went on to say that with the launch of the app, Pakistan became the first country to perform “contactless biometric” acquisition and confirmation using smartphone cameras. “With vigorous testing on approximately 75,000 overseas Pakistanis, Nadra will propel for a digital wallet,” he said.
Explaining the features of a digital wallet, the Nadra chairman said it would be a unique digital ID. “This innovation will revolutionize the national ID eco-system in our country by providing comfort to the public. It is a step forward, putting an end to the conventional physical method used before,” the NADRA chief said.
“The digital dividends of such innovative technology will render positive results in contactless banking, ease of doing business, financial inclusion, and e-governance initiatives by offering remote identification,” he added.
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