Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has hailed the introduction of the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) Project saying it will bolster the department’s innovation and help towards improving service delivery in government.
Gigaba was at speaking during the launch of the ABIS project in Cape Town an identification and security technology which is set to replace the Home Affairs National Identity System (HANIS) and is meant to consolidate South African and foreign nationals’ data into a single base.
” It will reduce identity theft which tends to affect the insurance and banking industries and the social development department,” said Gigaba.
According to Gigaba, the ABIS project was started in January 2016 and will serve as a single source for biometric authentication of citizens and non-citizens across state institutions and private sector entities.
” It was designed to be run as a critical service without interruptions. It promises many possibilities in identity management while speaking to the type of Home Affairs we want to see in the future.
The minister said the ABIS project will be rolled-out in phases, over a five-year period.
It is expected to reduce cases of duplicate identities as well as allow banks to verify client identity quicker among other potential benefits.
Gigaba said the ABIS project is a milestone towards a new digital national identity system.
” In it is embedded possibilities of restructuring the future, today, using highly secure technologies. The promise is a Department of Home Affairs which is not a problem to the people, but a solution for the people,” he said.