HID Global, Botosoft to Authenticate 2.2m Students’ ID for WAEC

WAEC-writing. PHOTO: www.aderemisblog.com.ng

WAEC-writing. PHOTO: www.aderemisblog.com.ng

HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, said it has successfully launched a mobile student ID system in collaboration with Botosoft, the leading provider of technologies in Africa, to help the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) combat student identity fraud in Nigeria.

Every year, more than 2.2 million students register online and receive machine-readable Genuine HID smart cards.

The new mobile readers validate new student ID cards instantly.

“The implementation of this real-time identification and monitoring system helps bring to life our vision of being a world-class examinations body,” said Mr. Charles Eguridu, WAEC Head of National Office Lagos. “We turned to Botosoft and HID Global to develop an electronic student ID card program that could address the high-volume issuance requirements of WAEC in a very aggressive timeframe as well as our overall need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the annual exams.”

To facilitate improvements in the annual examinations, WAEC teamed with Lagos-based Botosoft and HID Global to assist with the development and deployment of a secure card issuance and mobile student ID system, ultimately allowing WAEC to meet and exceed its security needs on budget.

The use of handheld mobile readers eliminates identity fraud, allows examiners to verify student attendance, and enables them to manage challenges around examination rules violations in real-time.

The mobile reader application, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered, also saves hundreds of hours of manual data entry and eliminates errors.

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