Tuesday, November 6, 2007


THE National Identification Authority (NIA) yesterday received 100 Mobile Registration Work Stations (MRWSs) at a brief ceremony at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The MRWSs are handy registration equipment that will capture the fingerprints, facial features and other information about the applicants when registration begins for the National Identification System (NIS).
They are able to record the data on 20,000 people daily and run verification and authentication checks to do away with duplication and multiple registration on the spot.
The 100 MRWSs are part of a total consignment of 1510 that will be used for the national exercise.
Receiving the freight documents on the MRWSs from customs officials and freight forwarders, Prof Ernest Dumor, the Executive Secretary of the NIA, said the first set would be used to train 60 ICT personnel who will then train 1600 mobile registration work station operators to be deployed for the national exercise.
SEGEM, the technical solution providers of the NIA, will train the 60 trainers, and according to him, a list of the 60 had already been made while training sites had already been identified.
The NIA, he said, was awaiting the arrival of SAGEM officials to begin training in about two weeks.
Prof Dumor said the MRWSs had been customised to the needs of the country, based on results from a pilot test.
However, he said what had arrived would be tested again to ensure they met all the requirements.
The second consignment of 1410 MRWSs are expected into the country by the end of the year.

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