http://ukcampaign4change.com/2012/01/31 ... ect-delaysBRICS countries face identity card IT project delays
Posted on January 31, 2012 | 2 Comments
By David Bicknell
Two of the BRICS countries are wrestling with project management challenges as overambitious IT projects face an uncertain future.
India and Russia, which are two of the emerging so-called ‘BRICS’ – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – nations have implemented large identity card schemes which are now facing implementation hurdles.
In India, an ambitious biometric identification scheme for 1.2 billion people faces is likely to have to be redesigned if it is to survive.
The UID number, which is set to prove identity, though not citizenship, would be supported by biometric devices such as facial recognition systems, eye and fingerprint scanners. However, a committee in the Indian Parliament has questioned its practicability and credibility.
The Standing Committee for Finance also challenged the legality, quality of technology and potential misuse of the UID information collected over the past two years.
The project had “no clarity of purpose,” observed the 48-page report from 53 parliamentarians, “and it is being implemented in a directionless way with a lot of confusion”.
Meanwhile in Russia, according to the Moscow Times, a universal electronic card is facing delays, with a rollout scheduled for this month now being pushed to January of 2013.
The card – a combination of an electronic ID, driver’s licence, car insurance certificate, ATM card and migration document, among other possible functions - is the result of a project the government estimates will cost as much as 150 billion rubles to 170 billion rubles ($5.2 billion to $5.6 billion) to put in the hands of every citizen.