HID Global, Botosoft launch student id system in West Africa

05/06/15

Secure identity solutions firm HID Global has launched a student ID verification solution in West Africa with local partner Botosoft.

The ID programme has been developed for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to combat student identity fraud in Nigeria.

The initiative will mean that more than 2.2 million students annually can register online and receive machine-readable smart cards.

“The implementation of this real-time identification and monitoring system helps bring to life our vision of being a world-class examinations body,” said Charles Eguridu, WAEC Head of National Office Lagos.

“We turned to Botosoft and HID Global to develop an electronic student ID card programme that could address the high-volume issuance requirements of WAEC in a very aggressive timeframe as well as our overall need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the annual exams.”

The use of handheld mobile readers aims to eliminate identity fraud, allow examiners to verify student attendance, and prevent examination rules violations in real-time. The mobile reader application also saves hundreds of hours of manual data entry and eliminates errors.

“Our goal is to make the lives of the Nigerian people better,” said Babatope M. Agbeyo, Chairman, Botosoft. “By partnering with HID Global, we have been able to help WAEC achieve its goal to maintain the integrity of the examinations process. In 2014, we helped register and validate more than 2.2 million students at examination centers across Nigeria using 15,000 custom mobile readers.”

The turnkey software and hardware solution included 48 HID Global FARGO DTC4500 and DTC4500e ID card printers / encoders with a combined capacity of more than 65,000 cards per day. Additionally, HID Global assisted with the card design and development of the mobile reader application software used in the mobile readers.

Once issued, Botosoft’s Candidates Identity Verification, Attendance, Malpractice and Post-Examinations Management System (CIVAMPEMS) ensures effective administration of the “Exam Day” process.

“Education in emerging countries is critical to the development of our youth and a key to Nigeria’s future, and we are excited to be at the forefront of the mobile ID market,” said Rob Haslam, vice president, Government ID Solutions with HID Global. “Innovations in mobile ID technologies are allowing us to meet the unique ID needs of our customers, especially those in developing countries where mobile technologies have leapfrogged more traditional technology infrastructures. Working together with Botosoft, we were able to build and deliver a secure and affordable solution to meet WAEC’s stringent requirements.”

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