Presentation by Pramod Varma at the 2014 Strata + Hadoop World in New York City on October 16th 2014. "Unique Identification (Aadhaar) project was started with the vision of empowering every resident of India with a unique identity and providing a digital platform to authenticate anytime anywhere. The Aadhaar system is built on a sound strategy and a strong technology backbone and has evolved into a vital digital infrastructure. Meticulous planning and execution enabled the program to be launched ahead of plan in Sept 2010 and reach the kind of scale that was never achieved in any biometric identity system in the world. Aadhaar system is built purely as an “Identity Platform” that other applications, Government and private, can take advantage of. Within 4 years since launch, Aadhaar system has grown in capability and more than 600 million Aadhaar numbers have been issued so far using the system."