India, Aware, and More in This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories Roundup

Biometrics News - India, Aware, and More in This Week's Top Biometrics Stories Roundup

The biometrics industry spans across a wide range of technologies and sectors, and this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top news stories runs the gamut.

First up is news about an extra-early round of funding for India-based digital identity startup Syntizen Technologies. The company didn’t disclose how much money it brought in through the funding round, but it did disclose that Mastercard and ACPL were its investors, which probably helped to raise some eyebrows among FindBiometrics readers:

Syntizen Receives Pre-Series A Funding from Mastercard to Drive Global Expansion

Keeping with the theme of digital identity, a more established specialist – Onfido – revealed this week that it would provide technology for Agora, a blockchain-based e-voting company. The partnership will combine selfie-driven biometrics and document reading to confirm voter identity:

Onfido Provides Biometric Identity Verification for Agora e-Voting Platform

Returning to India, this week saw breaking news on government officials’ plans to establish a national biometric surveillance system based on facial recognition. India is the home to the world’s most ambitious biometric national ID program, so readers were understandably intrigued by news of this other consequential undertaking:

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

In corporate news, there was a significant development this week in the appointment of Aware, Inc.’s new CEO, who happens to be a former IDEMIA executive:

Former IDEMIA Exec is Aware’s New CEO

Finally, a number of FindBiometrics visitors took a break from reading this week and instead listened to our latest ID Talk podcast – an interview with Aware, Inc.’s David Benini:

ID Talk Podcast: Aware’s David Benini on Government Biometrics, Open ABIS and Vendor Lock-in

Stay posted to FindBiometrics next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of biometrics. To see the hottest stories of the week in mobile digital identity, visit our sibling site Mobile ID World.

September 29, 2019 – by Alex Perala