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Biometrics to tackle the world’s greatest impact challenges

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Reference Number: TOUK20210112001
Publication Date: 12 January 2021


A UK company has combined the latest biometric technologies with specifically-designed software to roll out robust identification solutions for developing countries. In particular, aid organisations use it to make sure the right people are reached with their interventions, and ensure that no one is missed. Further aid programmes are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance or for technical cooperation for new solutions. Latest biometric developments are sought to in-license.


Reducing poverty globally comes with many challenges. Often, help doesn’t reach the ones most in need because they are unknown. One in four children under the age of 5 have no proper paperwork. Governments’ databases in many countries are not robust enough. In addition to help not reaching recipients, there are other problems like duplication and fraud.
A young company in the East of England has developed a bespoke technology platform for identification of people in low income countries. The Picture shows the workflow, showing how the biometric tool can be integrated into existing applications to link people to their records.
The solution is on the market in several countries in Africa and Asia. The biggest programmes using it are health related, to do with immunisation, maternal and child health, Covid response and others. It has also been adopted by and praised by aid programmes delivering both tangible goods and vouchers or services.
The UK company wishes to liaise with further European aid organisations, to offer the solution under a commercial agreement with technical assistance, or create new solutions under a technical co-operation.
At the same time, latest developments in biometrics will be of interest, to be licensed in by the UK company.

Advantages and Innovations

The technical innovation lies in the comprehensive and robust solution that is quick to adopt by governments and aid organisations. 
The main advantage is the quick and low cost adoption already demonstrated in many use cases.

IPR status


Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

Type of partner sought: government and industry.
Specific area of activity: aid organisations, developers of biometric solutions.
Role of partner sought: aid organisations are sought for new programmes involving the current identification solution under commercial agreements with technical assistance. Further solutions can be developed jointly under technical cooperation. Latest technical advances in biometrics will be considered by the UK company to be rolled out in future projects under licensing or technical cooperation.

Cooperation offer is closed for requests