I could see that the card readers were programmed to work with only PVC issued by INEC and customized for each location. We tried to verify my PVC duly issued by INEC but meant for another location, it did not work.The scanning process takes less than 5 seconds to execute in almost all cases l observed. However, the biometric verification takes much longer as all ten fingers may have to be tested, in quite a number of cases, before the reader verifies it. Often it completely fails to verify the biometric DNA after all ten have been tested. As at about 11.00am, after some 3.30hrs of operation, the potency of the battery on most of the card readers I observed was at some 80% unused. The fear of battery failure or inadequacy is perhaps not something to worry unduly about.
Awwal Yadudu, Kano
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