First NIDS registration centre opening soon
Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Floyd Green (right) listens to programme director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Dr Warren Vernon, as he gives an overview of what will be the first pilot enrolment site, to be completed by the end of August. Minister Green participated in a tour of the facility at the Central Sorting Office on South Camp Road on Thursday. (Photo: JIS)

THE first enrolment site where citizens will be able to register for the new National Identification System (NIDS) will be open in approximately two weeks.

The centre, located at the Central Sorting Office on South Camp Road in Kingston, is the first of five sites that will be activated across Kingston and St Andrew by early October.

Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Floyd Green made the disclosure after touring the site Thursday with Productive Business Solutions (PBS), which is tasked with implementing the NIDS solutions.

"I'm really happy to see the progress and that we're moving in the right direction. We had indicated that we wanted to have our first enrolment site up and ready by August, and based on the trajectory it should be completed in two weeks or so," he stated.

Works currently being finalised include the installation of electrical ports, equipment testing, and infrastructure fine-tuning.

The site will feature work stations designed to accommodate privacy, and equipment for biometric captures such as fingerprint scanners, document scanners, a camera and a signature pad.

Collected information will be stored directly in the Government's primary and secondary data centres.

Minister Green also said the production site for making the cards is ready and is in the phase of conducting testing.

"It was really impressive to see the time that it took [to make the card] — how quick it was — and also the quality, he stated.

"I think Jamaicans must rest assured that we are taking the highest level of security cautions in the preparations of these cards and the process that we will go through in terms of inputting the information," he said.

He estimated that after the pilot programme comes into effect, NIDS will be rolled out to the general public in 2023.

"I'm very happy that we're heading in the right direction and look forward to this — in our 60th Independence celebration — that we will have our national identification system up and running," Minister Green stated.

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