NASSCOM Product Council has collaborated with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to launch a new initiative called 'Aadhaar Diffusion Project', which aims to step up the development of apps and services that use Aadhaar's identity infrastructure. The details on this project is a bit sparse right now, but NASSCOM said this initiative will link Aadhaar with various IT based applications. As part of this initiative, NASSCOM will also be conducting a series of activities: an annual developer conference, hackathons, bootcamps, app contests and certification programs with an yet-undisclosed industry certification organization. Earlier in May, UIDAI had launched three Aadhaar based identity authentication services: an authentication services using Iris, an authentication service using one time pin (OTP) and an electronic know your customer (eKYC) service. Last week, Axis Bank had teamed up with Visa to roll out the eKYC facility across 1,000 branches. Following the announcement, UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said in a fireside chat with Frictionless Ventures Chairman Ravi Gururaj, that they are currently formulating the pricing for the eKYC service and claimed that it will be priced reasonably. Aadhaar enrollments scaling up: Aadhaar enrollments are apparently scaling up rapidly, with the organization issuing 30 million Aadhaar numbers in this month itself. It has issued 460 million Aadhaar cards until now and Nilekani claimed Aadhaar is currently the only platform in the world where half a billion users have a unique number with biometric authentication capabilities. They currently have 32 million bank led accounts associated with Aadhaar cards and…
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