Collaborating closely with UNHCR, in just six weeks Accenture configured a pilot Biometric Identity Management System using its UISP software, tailored to the agency’s unique needs. The technology captures and stores fingerprints, iris data and facial images of individuals, providing undocumented refugees with their only personal identity record. Because it uses several biometric modalities, BIMS is more inclusive and accurate in matching an identity and de-duplicating multiple enrollment attempts.
To meet UNHCR needs, the biometrics system had to be durable (able to withstand rugged field conditions such as extreme heat, dust and humidity), always on (capable of working continuously working through power and connectivity outages), and user friendly since operators in refugee camps frequently change and have widely varying technology experience.
Accenture and UNHCR put an early version BIMS to the test during a four-week pilot at the agency’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. The Camp’s nearly 17,000 refugees were rapidly registered and verified during the pilot.
Once fully launched, the technology will allow UNHCR offices around the world to identify refugees using face, iris and fingerprint recognition. The system provides UNHCR with the flexibility to deploy it locally or remotely in high-risk areas, with Accenture’s worldwide presence providing support.