Thursday, March 25, 2010

Indian Govt. plans to go biometric with census

From The Times of India

This will be an incredible challenge and I'm curious to see how this plays out.
To my knowledge, there isn't a single country that has a comprehensive biometric database of its adult population: not Lichtenstein; not the UAE -- both rich countries with small populations.

Can India pull it off?

There are 804,043,947* Indians aged 15 years or older.
There are a certain number of non-citizen "usual residents."

For reasons both technological and logistical, this is the identity management equivalent of the moon shot.

*CIA World Factbook:
Population: 1,156,897,766 (July 2009 est.)

Age structure:
0-14 years: 30.5% (male 187,197,389/female 165,285,592)
15-64 years: 64.3% (male 384,131,994/female 359,795,835)
65 years and over: 5.2% (male 28,816,115/female 31,670,841) (2009 est.)

1,156,897,766 * (.643 + .052) = 804,043,947