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Cognitec’s face recognition enhances Dutch driver’s license applications

Cognitec is working with RDW, the Netherlands Vehicle Authority, to provide a digital application platform for the renewal of drivers’ licenses. The platform is now operational in 15 municipalities, growing to 30 municipalities during 2019, for almost 25% of Dutch residents. In 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will evaluate the system to decide on a national service that eliminates the mandatory visit at the city hall for driver’s license renewal.

As an additional check during the application process, RDW uses Cognitec’s technology to establish the applicant’s identity by comparing the newly submitted photo against the last image stored for this person in the Central Driving License Register.

Cognitec’s trusted face recognition technology not only performs the image comparisons, it also checks the new image to ensure it satisfies the ISO/IEC standard for biometric photos.

In addition, the project involves an initial deduplication of the image database, enrolling about 12 million images and comparing them against each other to find duplicate records and clerical errors.

“We have been using face recognition for more than a year to increase the overall quality of the license renewal process, and have just begun to explore the deduplication capabilities of the Cognitec system. This extensive N:N matching process takes time, and needs to be monitored carefully, but it could ensure the quality of our database, and could help to find a way to prevent false matching errors during the application process.,” says Gert Jan de Nijs, Senior Project Manager at RDW. “We are excited to move toward a fully secure, convenient digital process that provides our citizens with a future-proof drivers' license application system.”

About RDW

RDW is the Netherlands Vehicle Authority in the mobility chain. RDW has developed extensive expertise through years of experience in executing its statutory and assigned tasks in the areas of licensing of vehicles and vehicle parts, supervision and enforcement, registration, information provision and issuing documents.

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