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Cambridge, United Kingdom; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dhaka, Bangladesh

Simprints

Biometric identification solution for the last mile setting.

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1 billion people lack official forms of ID, barring them from access to essential, life-saving services (World Bank 2019). The inability to accurately identify people costs lives, wastes resources, and prevents millions from escaping poverty.

 

Simprints’ mission is to transform the way the world fights poverty. To achieve this, Simprints builds technology to radically increase transparency and effectiveness in global development, making sure that every vaccine, every dollar, every public good reaches the people who need them most.

Simprints does this primarily through developing biometric fingerprint technology for use by governments, NGOs, and nonprofits for people in the developing world who lack proof of legal identity. They promote a portable biometric system designed for front line workers and provide seamless project setup, robust identification tools and data analytics and support. The technology uses Bluetooth to connect to an Android mobile device that is interoperable with existing mHealth systems.

 

The inherent advantage of biometrics is that it is based on immutable characteristics that cannot be lost, forgotten, stolen, or duplicated. This guarantees uniqueness and ensures that every vaccine, every dollar, every public good reaches the people who need them most. Simprints was the world’s first biometric system designed for frontline health delivery in remote, rugged, offline environments. And it works: Brown University School of Public Health independently evaluated the deployment of Simprints across clinics in Malawi offering clinical care for pregnant women with HIV. They found the biometric system captured nearly 50% of HIV visits that were missed by the current EMR system used to monitor HIV visits. In the studies, biometric scanning emerged as the preferred strategy to monitor engagement in HIV care.

 

Biometrics generally and Simprints specifically have been identified as a “gamechanger” in the pandemic response and vaccine delivery. Successfully delivering a coronavirus vaccine could be the most important public health task of the next decade. Simprints is the only biometrics company that can unequivocally verify that every vaccine has reached its intended recipient - and do it whilst respecting and protecting the privacy of beneficiaries. Beyond driving improvements within a single, vertical intervention like vaccines, a single biometrics can be leveraged to bring outsize positive effects across multiple interventions such as HIV, TB, Malaria. This strengthens the entire health system’s ability to build resilience in the populations it touches. Existing biometric technologies are largely tailored to developed-country contexts and unsuitable for the frontlines of global health.

 

Simprints has remained laser-focused on last mile technology. Simprints builds their solutions to be rugged, wireless, long-lasting, and highly-accurate. We continuously optimise for frontline contexts by reliable syncing, wraparound data analysis, and streamlined workflows. Over the last five years, Simprints has developed and scaled a rugged solution to one of the biggest barriers for accessing healthcare in last mile and disadvantaged communities. In Bangladesh, Simprints helped expectant mothers access healthcare, leading to a 38% increase in perinatal visits and 19% more newborns receiving essential care. Our solution enhances the capacity of country governing bodies to strengthen their health systems, aligning policies with international standards and evidence-based practices.

 

As the power of biometrics lies in the identification of an individual at different locations and over a long period of time, interoperability between these different access points is critical. Simprints is committed to biometric interoperability (e.g. when choosing a format for image storage), medical interoperability (e.g. matching patient records across different providers), and system component interoperability (e.g. allowing for aspects of a system to be exchanged).

 

Since 2014, Simprints has expanded to deliver healthcare, finance, and education services to over 400,000 beneficiaries across 12 countries. Recently, after an extensive due diligence process to assess our ability to scale, Simprints was selected as the official digital identification partner of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to scale our solutions to cover 10 million beneficiaries.

 

Simprints is committed to work across multiple sectors to verify coverage of interventions and ensure every last person is reached.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Dhaka, Bangladesh