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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Nigeria adopts Mobile Student ID System to Authenticate WAEC Results

HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has announced it has successfully launched a mobile student ID system in partnership with Botosoft, the leading provider of technologies in Africa, to help the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) combat student identity fraud in Nigeria.

Every year WAEC registers more than 2.2 million students for annual exams conducted in more than 13,000 participating exam centers across Nigeria. With an admirable mission and high standards, WAEC soon realized maintaining the integrity of the organization was going to require more than basic security procedures to identify, authenticate and monitor students during the examinations process while at the same time, providing a professional and comfortable testing environment.

 “The implementation of this real-time identification and monitoring system helps bring to life our vision of being a world-class examinations body,” said Mr. Charles Eguridu, WAEC head of National Office Lagos.

 “We turned to Botosoft and HID Global to develop an electronic student ID card program that could address the high-volume issuance requirements of WAEC in a very aggressive timeframe as well as our overall need to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the annual exams.”

With security, flexibility and quality at the forefront, WAEC required a secure issuance system that could print upwards of 1.8 million cards in the spring term and another 400,000 cards in the autumn term. Further, the cards needed to be checked and authenticated at the examinations sites by local officials.


 The time saved allows the examiners to concentrate on the importance of the day as they can be confident that students are already authenticated for the exam in question.

 “Our goal is to make the lives of the Nigerian people better,” said Babatope M. Agbeyo, chairman, Botosoft.

 “By partnering with HID Global, we have been able to help WAEC achieve its goal to maintain the integrity of the examinations process.  In 2014, we helped register and validate more than 2.2 million students at examination centers across Nigeria using 15,000 custom mobile readers.”

 HID Global leveraged its government ID expertise and offerings to deliver a customized solution to accept the raw data from the WAEC online enrollment process, validate the information and prepare it for use in personalizing the cards in Botosoft’s facility.

 The West African Examinations Council Electronic Student ID Card was recently recognized in the prestigious International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) √Član Awards 2015.

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