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Jakarta Post

Govt tests facial recognition for aid distribution

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 27 2020   /  01:35 am

The government has tried out a facial recognition verification system to make it easier for recipients to claim social assistance.

The National Team for Accelerated Poverty Reduction (TNP2K) said it had tested the system to disburse subsidized household gas, staple food assistance and subsidized electricity last year with an average success rate of 85.2 percent.

The trials were conducted in cooperation with e-wallet platform LinkAja in three regions, namely Madiun in East Java, Sleman in Yogyakarta and North Penajam Passer in East Kalimantan.

“Facial recognition technology can be used for all residents, even in rural areas,” TNP2K policy working group head Elan Satriawan said during a webinar hosted by the Indonesia Fintech Association (Aftech) on Wednesday.

He added that the biometric data could be obtained through the Home Ministry’s e-ID card (e-KTP) ...