Microsoft: Skype can be used to authenticate Aadhaar-based government services


Microsoft today said that it has presented various “case scenarios” on how Skype service can be used for identity authentication using the Indian government’s Aadhaar database to government authorities. ”Now it depends on them how they want to proceed,” said Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik to PTI. With this integration, Skype can be used by people for authentication for accessing government services that require Aadhaar-based authentication. Bhaskar Pramanik described few scenarios to explain how Skype can be used for Aadhaar-based authentication.

  • Right now you verify your ID using IOTP (a one time password) but it could be verified using your iris with Aadhaar-embedded Skype.
  • For example, there’s a bank that is delivering pension. Right now, to prove that you’re still alive, you have to physically visit the bank, and then they give you a certificate. With an Aadhaar enabled Skype, we could do it from home.
  • “There are other scenarios around the judicial space,” he said, “or going to the registrar’s office just to sign off on a document. We’re very actively looking for all areas where this can be applied and Microsoft is very much in support of Aadhaar enabled programmes.”

Microsoft’s ambition in India is to democratize this digital revolution by providing the building blocks to empower organizations large & small – enabling them to build, innovate and transform, and see real business impact and results fast. They are working with many state governments, startups and companies of various sizes to realize their vision.

This week, Microsoft and PwC entered into a strategic relationship to jointly to power digital transformation in large and mid-sized organizations in India. PwC is now a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider. PwC will extend Microsoft’s outreach to organizations of all sizes and across many industries – Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government & Public Sector, Manufacturing, Consumer Goods & Durables, Retail / eCommerce, Healthcare and Pharma-  to help start their cloud and digital journey.

Microsoft’s productivity and personal computing solutions and cloud computing platforms will be supplemented by PwC’s expertise across Strategy & Management Consulting, Digital Transformation, Technology Consulting, Big Data & Analytics, Cyber Security, Tax solutions and Compliance.

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