The device that answers the first question, who are you, for all ages using innovative fingerprinting and health vitals which can identify everyone from infants to elderly.
Our innovative platform is the only technology we are aware of that is capable of identification and medical screening of newborns, children and adults with a single device. Our key innovation in ID for infants was a shift from contact scanning that deforms infant prints to a non-contact system that captures an undisturbed image at a quality not obtainable previously. We have now designed an in...SEE ALL
Our innovative platform is the only technology we are aware of that is capable of identification and medical screening of newborns, children and adults with a single device. Our key innovation in ID for infants was a shift from contact scanning that deforms infant prints to a non-contact system that captures an undisturbed image at a quality not obtainable previously. We have now designed an infant-centric, fieldable platform that is accurate for both adults and newborns from the day of birth. The second key innovation combines the ID functions with low cost primary health screening tools that provide real-time measurements for use by frontline healthcare providers in the field to quickly identify health issues. These biometrics are then augmented by machine learning (ML), and, as new data are obtained from field trials, these technologies will improve through application of ML to increasingly larger datasets.SEE LESS
Stage 4: Transition to Scale
The KidPrint Ion device has been developed and tested extensively in the US & Mexico and we have detailed data on identification and re-identification. We have also tested it in the field in Mali and have numerous requests to field it elsewhere.
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United States, Mexico and Mali
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Kidprint addresses the problem of accurately identifying people from birth through adulthood and at the same time providing basic tools for primary health screening. Reliable methods to identify infants and children and concurrently screen for medical conditions have historically been impossible. This lack of “cradle to grave” interoperable and persistent identification has significant impact on civil registration and health provision, and efficient provision of public services.
We used human-centered design to reframe problem of infant ID and discovered the problem was a failure to account for infant physiology and interactions. We developed our platform from the ground up, iterating with infants and caregivers and have now combined off the shelf and cutting edge technologies, to create the first extensible biometric platform for identity and medical screening, with an emphasis on health of children and families.
Globally, an estimated 1.1 billion people lack legal identity documents, and an estimated 465 million of these are children, primarily in the developing world. 131 million children are born every year and will need access to accurate, trusted and secure identification methods to be fully integrated into an increasingly digital world.
Mission and Vision
The mission is create and deploy a system that can be used to identify people from birth through adulthood and to positively impact a range of beneficiaries, starting with individuals and including governments, individuals, NGOs, private companies, and regional financial/health organizations. Our vision for Kidprint is that it will help attain SDG 16.9, to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration,” which has heretofore not been possible.
Reliable methods to fingerprint newborns and young children have historically been impossible and even the best reported prior methods remain well below usable thresholds for usability and accuracy. We used human-centered design to reframe the infant ID problem with ground up innovation, iterating through numerous identification methods. We discovered the problem was interaction; glass-platens on finger print scanners deform the prints of young children.
Based on this, we developed the first fieldable biometric scanner for infants and adults with non-contact imaging, allowing capture of infant prints at an image quality not obtainable by other approaches. We have designed a handheld, ergonomic device that allows the practitioner to hold infants finger/palm in the proper location to quickly obtain biometric data. Additional innovations include adjustable guides to accommodate the size variations from newborn to adolescents to adult parent a single solution across all ages.
Planned Goals and Milestones
We have several NGO and national based programs that want to utilize our current device. We seek to deploy it widely with these partners and to begin field testing and deployment of the phase 2 device which includes a wide array of non-invasive health vitals together with universal identification. Funding will support bringing the cost of the current device to under $100, and expand the functionality to phase 2 with ML and supporting triage/screening software for dozens of medical conditions.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||500|
|New Implemented Countries||Colombia, Bangladesh, Kenya, India, Honduras, Uganda, Tanzania|
|Recruit||2 management, 3 global advisors|
|New Feature||Expanding functionality to include a wide array of non-contact vitals measurement and a range of biometrics including iris, face and ears.|
The Team Behind the Innovation
The team has over 80 years of experience in global digital health. Alexandra Hubenko leads overall product design & engineering. Dr. Aronoff-Spencer led PEPFAR diagnostics & medical informatics in Mozambique & Uganda. Steve Saggese, lead engineer, has developed medical, military and commercial devices and sensors for 25 years. Don Norman is one of the founders of human centered design. And Michael Kleeman has wide experience in development projects and working with NGOs & national governments.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN