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New biometric machine "identifies blacks"

04 October 2013, 10:35Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Four engineers from the University of Ilorin in Kwara State have invented a prototype biometric machine with special local features to adequately recognise physical features of black people.

Team leader, Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, said that the breakthrough would help to improve biometric identification of black people, arguing that imported solutions posed challenges of impersonation, economic fraud, multiple voting, examination malpractices, election rigging, and security challenges did not work optimally among black people.

He said with the use of local content, the researchers had been able to unravel the challenge of the inability of the imported biometric machine to adequately recognise black people’s physical features.

“What we have just produced works better for blacks,” said Ibiyemi.

The national projects, he said, included e-voting, national identity card scheme and security intelligence on criminal citizens.

Describing some features of the machine, he said, “Most imported machines do not recognize tribal marks. These machines raise alarm when they see a masked face. But what we have produced can recognise tribal marks, faces that are masked and faces that are disguised using cosmetics.”

Ibiyemi said that the machine could also identify human face, human iris, finger prints, toe prints and sole prints, voice, signature and hand writing.

The World Bank-assisted Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (Step-B) sponsored the project.

– CAJ News


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