Fujitsu is providing its PalmSecure palm vein recognition technology to the international development and human rights organization itwillbe.org, to help improve the lives and outlook of children living on the streets in India.
The Fujitsu palm vein readers were chosen by itwillbe.org as a reliable, quick and safe way to register and recognize the estimated 11-million homeless children living in India, to be able to provide them with essential medical, emotional and educational support in one of its 81 dedicated rehabilitation centers throughout the country.
Many of India’s homeless youth must endure extreme living conditions without any social protection. A lack of documentation to prove their identity makes them particularly vulnerable to child trafficking organisations, abuse and exploitation.
Itwillbe.org, together with the Salesian mission of Don Bosco in India, is seeking to protect those children and give them a future. The first step is to register these children to collect important data such as for medical records, then securely share this information with local government agencies and help centers, where children gain access to essential vaccinations, nutrition programs, psychological support and more.
Fujitsu PalmSecure recognition technology is a key component of itwillbe.org’s dedicated Child Protection People mobile app (PPa), used by social workers in a voluntary process to enroll and later identify and help vulnerable children.
The non-intrusive recognition technology uses infrared scans of blood veins in a user’s palm to accurately enroll an individual in just milliseconds. All collected data is securely captured and stored as encrypted hashcodes of the scanned palm vein pattern.
Itwillbe.org is already in negotiations with other humanitarian aid organizations globally to make the app available to similar initiatives around the world. Biometric identification can facilitate efficient data collection and management in any aid project involving displaced people who do not carry documents, such as refugees, migrants, or victims of human trafficking.