Iwara I. Arikpo

Work place: Department of Computer Science, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

E-mail: iwara.arikpo@unical.edu.ng


Research Interests: Software Engineering, Software Development Process, Software Creation and Management


Iwara I. Arikpo teaches Computer Science at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He holds all three Degrees in Computer Science, with the M.Sc. and Ph.D at Nigeria‘s Premier University, the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His first Degree was at the University of Calabar. His current research interests are in Software Engineering, which includes Software Project Management, Agile Software Development and Software Process Improvement, as well as Informatics and Data Science, Mobile Computing, among others. He has published papers in peer-review local and international journals and conferences, covering Computer Science, Informatics and related studies. His research effort has taken him to a number of countries in Africa, Asia, the middle-East, and Europe, working with local and international research collaborators. He is a member of the Computer Professionals‘ Registration Council of Nigeria and Nigeria Computer Society

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Improving Deceased Identification and Claiming System in Mortuaries Using Fingerprint: A Developing Country Perspective

By Iwara I. Arikpo Chidalu Prince Egeonu

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijmsc.2021.04.04, Pub. Date: 8 Dec. 2021

The mortuary industry in most developing countries are in need of improvement on the receiving and releasing of deceased persons. Paper-based mortuary systems lack reliability, timely information retrieval, accountability, data security and access control; compared to computer-based, mortuaries are the norm in advanced countries. This study reports the development of a fingerprint-based biometric mortuary system for deceased identification and claiming.  The system design methodology was based on the object-oriented analysis and design approach using the UML. The system was implemented with Java as the frontend and processing logic, interacting with MySQL Server at the backend for transaction management. As generated from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Calabar, the result of this study shows that, with the fingerprint verification technique, mortuary establishments in Nigeria and related countries can enhance the deceased claimant verification process to avoid releasing the deceased to wrong persons and reduce deceased identification anomalies. The study has shown that biometrics technology can enhance deceased identification and release in resource-constrained settings like Nigeria.

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