The bureau needed a way to accurately identify Sri Lankan citizens working in different countries around the world. They wanted a system that would keep accurate records of who is working abroad and eliminate the use of fraudulent passport.
Cenmetrix is Sri Lanka’s first total biometrics solutions company. Since 2003, Cenmetrix has been developing biometric fingrpint technology and software for the USA and Austrailia markets and the company installed its first biometric system in Sri Lanka in 2005. Cenmetrix now has more than 300 clients in Sri Lanka and has done more than 2,000 hardware and software installations inland-wide.
The CenAFIS solution is based on Neurotechnology’s MegaMatcher AFIS technology for fast, highly accurate fingerprint matching.
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment needed a secure and reliable way to manage and track passports for Sri Lankan citizens working abroad. System integrator Centmetrix used MegaMatcher AFIS technology to develop their CenAFIS solution, which combines fingerprint matching with passport scanning to detect fraudulent passports. Airports in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan embassies around the world are now using the CenAFIS system.
There are currently more than 1.8 million Sri Lankan citizens working overseas and roughly 300,000 more go overseas for employment every year. The Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment is charged with keeping accurate records of all Sri Lankan citizens working abroad.
With such a large and rapidly growing expatriate population, the Bureau wanted a more robust system to ensure that all citizens working overseas are properly identified. They hired Cenmetrix to develop a system that would not only track passports but add an extra measure of identification using fingerprint biometrics.
Using the MegaMatcher Software Development Kit (SDK) and fingerprint matching algorithm from Neurotechnology, Cenmetrix developed CenAFIS, an Automated Fingerprint ID System that is used in tandem with a passport scanner. All individuals planning to work overseas are enrolled in the system and the information is fed into a central database that can be accessed using the CenAFIS system at airports and Sri Lankan embassies around the world. Since CenAFIS came online in 2012, more than 100,000 people have been enrolled in the system, with 350 to 450 new enrollments per working day.