The United Nations

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2010 to present
  • 30,000 live system identities

This complex biometric identity management requirement needed to be an enterprise solution but one that could be delivered, setup and deployed in remote locations in minutes.

Our multi-modal biometric platform means that UNSOMA are not limited to one form of biometric.  It can be deployed through fixed, portable and mobile devices allowing UNSOMA to positively identify people in remote, expansive or hostile environments.


The challenge

The United Nations Somalia Mine Action (UNSOMA) has been managed by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) since 2009. In early 2010 UNSOMA, working collaboratively with Explosive Management Support to AMISOM (EMSA), approached Human Recognition Systems to deliver a turnkey solution that would capture and manage live and forensic biometric and DNA physiological characteristics of individuals to:

  • Make payments, manage medical records and training competencies / certifications
  • Identify criminals or suspects by collaborating with external cooperating agencies

In addition, Human Recognition Systems was asked to deliver services related to enrolment and training and consumables for Live DNA capture and forensic latent image lifting.

The largest portion of the challenge was how to deal with:

  • Changing nature of missions
  • Remote locations
  • Limited access to power supplies
  • Ensuring solution was easy to use
  • Provision of pre-mission training and on-ground support

The solution

The total solution had to encompass mobile, portable and static deployments and manage iris, face, finger, latent, DNA and biographic data collection as well as a stipend payment manager.

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