Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on 25 May 2013 inaugurated three new Aadhaar-enabled services- e-KYC, OTP (one time pin) authentication and Iris authentication, which would in turn help the residents of India in authenticating their identity anywhere and anytime via any digital platform.
Apart from this, the UIDAI also announced establishing around 300 permanent enrolment centres, also called Aadhaar Kendras. By September 2013, number of Aadhaar Kendras will increase to around 1000. These centres would help those residents in enrolling which were left during the camps being organised by registrars in past. The centres will also help in facilitating biometric and demographic update.
About e-KYC service
Among the three services, e-KYC service will help the individuals in authorizing the service providers so that they can receive electronic copy of their identity proof along with the address. This particular service can be installed by various agencies for verifying the identity as well as address of the residents. Only the information such as Name, Address, Gender, Mobile Number, Date of Birth and Photograph, which is accumulated during enrolment of Aadhar, will be shared and that too with the permission or request of Aadhaar number holder.
About OTP (one time pin) authentication
The OTP service, on the other hand, allows Aadhaar based authentication of the residents by making use of the mobile phone anytime and anywhere. This can be done on the self service mode without making the use of biometric authentication device. Under this service, the digital platform of the authority will not share the demographic details, unlike e-KYC service.
About Iris authentication
Iris authentication will help the residents in authenticating the identity for availing this Aadhaar-enabled service by facilitating the combination of Aadhaar number as well as the Iris image. Just like the OTP (one time pin) authentication, the authority will also not share the demographic details of the resident.