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It will be compulsory for all studios countrywide, from January 1, to use the special software provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to take photos for the National Identity Cards, the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) said today.

DRP Commissioner General Viyani Gunathilaka said the pilot project launched in the Sabaragamuwa and the Western Provinces was successful and as such it was decided to launch the programme countrywide from January 1.

“Some 2,100 studios had been registered with the DRP and all of them have been provided with the ICAO software. The studios have been examined to check whether they maintain the standards in line with the software requirements,” the Commissioner said. "With the use of the software, a printed copy of the applicant’s details will be given with a bar-code reader instead of copies of printed photographs.

The applicant should be present at the studio to certify the printed copy before issuing it. The printed copy has to be handed over to the respective Grama Niladharis at the selected Grama Niladhari Divisions to be attached to the NIC application,” he said.

"The photo taken according to the parameters of the software will be transmitted to the DRP database for processing," the Commissioner said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Photographer Friday, 28 December 2018 11:17 AM

    Why can't the I'd office take photos then and there. Why always complicate things. Poor strategy planning.

    Shafraz B Friday, 28 December 2018 06:26 PM

    This is not complicating but simplifying. If ID have to take photo all have to go there but in current system you not need to go ID office you just have to handover the application to your GS. works have been distributed and simplified.

    GH Friday, 28 December 2018 01:03 PM

    Playing with NIC can be done after the election being held. This process seems to be enacted to mislead the voters.

    nsathees Friday, 28 December 2018 05:03 PM

    Something fishy here, state the spec of the photo to provide, don't force to use a particular software! Is that software open source?

    Shafraz B Friday, 28 December 2018 06:30 PM

    As per News story the software is used for submit/upload the photos DRP. Same system is being used for Passport photos.

    Gatsby Friday, 28 December 2018 07:20 PM

    Digitizing faces is a great way to create face recognition software for the govs and big corps. Heading in the direction of China. I wonder who's behind this.


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