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The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, launched the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) on Wednesday, May 16.

The new identification system, which forms an integral part of the Department’s Modernisation Programme, would bring a number of benefits, including service delivery improvements due to faster turnaround times for those applying for ID documents and passports, Minister Gigaba said in his speech.

Other improvements in services will be reduced cases of duplicate identities as well as a future-fit identification and security solution in support of national government’s drive towards modernisation of all departments for service efficiency.

ABIS is powered by sustainable technology and will offer a single view of citizens across their life cycle and their status change at various stages. It is set to replace the Home Affairs National Identity System (HANIS), which is manually operated and outdated.

Home Affairs is undergoing major upgrades in respect of its identification systems. The grand plan seeks to integrate HANIS and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) into an automated system through ABIS with the capability to identify and verify people through fingerprints, facial recognition and IRIS technology. 

The ABIS is a fundamental baseline for the broader National Identification System that will consolidate South African and foreign nationals’ data into a single base.

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