‘Morpho has implemented biometrics systems in over 100 countries for digital population register, multipurpose ID card, driving licence, e-passport.’
gfiles: How was the experience of dealing with bureaucrats in India? Was it a big challenge for an international organization to be a part of India’s largest project?
JPJ: Another key strength of Morpho is our presence in India. We have been present in India for a long time. Almost 1,200 people work for Morpho in India, and this represents about 20% of our worldwide strength. Apart from being a significant commitment towards India, this represents our faith in the UIDAI programme as well as being a key factor that will help deliver success. Therefore, Morpho has long experience with Indian bureaucrats. Indian bureaucrats are not so different from elsewhere. They are dedicated to their job. So, they tend to be extremely meticulous in the process they adopt. Dealing with bureaucrats in India has been eased by our experience in India and our partner’s experience too. Plus, being an Indian consortium is a really good asset.
gfiles: While Morpho is already one of the key partners (along with Mahindra Satyam) for the biometric contract in the UIDAI project, what are the other large State/Central or public sector contracts/projects that the company is eyeing or is going to bid for?
JPJ: Partnering with Mahindra Satyam, Morpho has had the opportunity to be part of the prestigious UIDAI project which is a major technological challenge since very few companies in the world are capable of successfully implementing such a large database. As we are already involved in the project, we will certainly be present in the e-governance projects that may come about soon in India.