Dr. Sreeni Tripuraneni, Chairman & CEO of 4Gid, is a Vascular Surgeon by profession and was first introduced to biometric technologies while doing a course on Medical Informatics in UK. He was working on a project to create and link electronic records of patients to the biometric characteristics of the patients. He envisioned the impact that biometric technologies would play in developing countries and set up 4Gid.
Every success story has its share of initial stumbling blocks and 4Gid was no exception.
Initially when 4Gid started, very few people were aware of biometric solutions and biometric technologies were mainly associated with criminal’s identification and the general impression was that such kind of solutions existed only in movies like James Bond and Mission Impossible. 4Gid faced the daunting task of educating different stake holders in Governments that biometric solutions are more relevant in positive identification of the citizens and for delivering the benefits and services. 4Gid’s basic premise was, if the Government cannot identify its citizens positively, how will it ensure that it is delivering services to eligible beneficiaries.
Most of the existing Biometric technologies, products and solutions were developed to use in clean room environment for specific and limited applications. 4Gid had to significantly invest, innovate and modify these technologies, products and solutions to suit the needs of various applications, especially to work in adverse and harsh environments. The enrollment devices had to be modified, new algorithms had to be invented or existing algorithms had to be tweaked and more importantly the solutions had to be re-invented to be scalable to millions.