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India’s New Seafarer IDs Feature Embedded Face Biometrics

India is equipping its sailors with a Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID) with facial biometrics embedded in the card’s chip. Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya handed out five cards during a press conference announcing the new IDs, and the country itself plans to hand out 15,000 more on an annual basis. At the moment, there are…

Facebook Asks Indian Supreme Court to Decide on Aadhaar Privacy Issue

Facebook Asks Indian Supreme Court to Decide on Aadhaar Privacy Issue

“This is largely in relation to the WhatsApp messaging app owned by Facebook, through which information deemed to be a public threat can be promulgated.” Facebook wants India’s Supreme Court to decide whether it can be compelled to share users’ Aadhaar information with law enforcement authorities. The company is facing similar lawsuits in four different…

NEXT Biometrics CEO Anticipates ‘Hypergrowth’ in Biometric Smart Cards: Q2 Update

NEXT Biometrics CEO Anticipates ‘Hypergrowth’ in Biometric Smart Cards: Q2 Update

Revenues are up in NEXT Biometrics latest quarterly update, with the company highlighting advancements in its Aadhaar market activities and in promoting its new FAP 20 fingerprint sensor. For the second quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, NEXT Biometrics’ revenues came in at NOK 30.1 million, an improvement of 18 percent compared to Q2 of…

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is celebrating a major Aadhaar milestone after revealing that the Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AePS) has now been used for more than 200 million transactions. The AePS crossed the 200 million threshold sometime in the past month, with more than 66 million Indian citizens using the service in July…

NEXT Provides Biometric Sensors for SUNMI Aadhaar POS Terminals

NEXT Provides Biometric Sensors for SUNMI Aadhaar POS Terminals

“NEXT has made considerable strides in India since receiving its Aadhaar certification, and has placed a particularly strong focus on Point-of-Sale terminals.” NEXT Biometrics has partnered with the Shanghai-based SUNMI Technology to develop Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals for the Indian market. The P1 POS terminals will leverage NEXT’s fingerprint sensor technology, which was first certified for Aadhaar…

Safe India Expo a Logical Stop in ZKTeco Roadshow

Safe India Expo a Logical Stop in ZKTeco Roadshow

ZKTeco was back on the road recently, showcasing its biometric technologies and other solutions at the Safe India Expo in Hyderabad. As with some of the company’s recent seminar events, ZKTeco took the opportunity of Safe India Expo to highlight its Visible Light facial recognition technology. It also placed a strong emphasis on Computer Vision…

Aratek Aims at Indian Gov’t Market with STQC Certifications

Aratek Aims at Indian Gov’t Market with STQC Certifications

Important new certifications are opening doors for Aratek in the Indian market: The company has announced that both its Aratek A400 capacitive fingerprint scanner and its A600 optical fingerprint scanner have received certification from the Directorate of Standardization Testing and Quality Certification, or STQC. A division of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the…

Uttar Pradesh Leverages Biometric Mantra Tech for Food Distribution

Uttar Pradesh Leverages Biometric Mantra Tech for Food Distribution

The North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is leveraging Mantra’s biometric technology to help with the distribution of food to eligible citizens. Mantra Softech is a manufacturer of Aadhaar-certified fingerprint and iris recognition sensors that have been used in a variety of government-sponsored programs, including a benefits program designed for small farmers. The deployment in…

NEXT Provides Biometric Sensors for TROIKA’s Aadhaar POS Terminals

NEXT Provides Biometric Sensors for TROIKA’s Aadhaar POS Terminals

NEXT Biometrics is continuing to expand is presence in the Indian market, forming a new partnership with yet another Aadhaar payment platform. This time, NEXT is teaming up with TROIKA Transsolutions, which will be deploying NEXT’s fingerprint sensors in Point-of-Sale terminals designed as part of an Aadhaar Enabled Payment System. TROIKA’s comprehensive financial portfolio includes…

NEXT Biometrics Gets Another India-focused POS Partner

NEXT Biometrics Gets Another India-focused POS Partner

NEXT Biometrics‘ roster of POS partners focused on the Indian market continues to grow, with the company announcing that it has now teamed up with Beijing-based Wiseasy. The latter will integrate NEXT Biometrics’ fingerprint sensors into POS terminals designed for compatibility with Aadhaar Enabled Payment System applications. Aadhaar is, of course, India’s pioneering biometric national…

New Aadhaar Legislation Aimed at Protecting Private Sector Use in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

New Aadhaar Legislation Aimed at Protecting Private Sector Use in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

“By protecting the use of Aadhaar authentication on a voluntary basis, the central government is seeking to ensure that Aadhaar can still be used for private sector services.” India’s Parliament has passed legislation allowing citizens to voluntarily use Aadhaar as identification when opening new banking or mobile accounts. The bill, called “The Aadhaar and Other…

Benefits Program Enrolls Indian Farmers with Mantra’s Iris Recognition

Benefits Program Enrolls Indian Farmers with Mantra’s Iris Recognition

The Government of India is using biometric tech to implement a new program that will provide monetary support to small farmers in the country. The program is called Pradhan Mantri Samman Nidhi Yojana (or PM-Kishan Yojana), and provides eligible farmers (those with less than two hectares of land) with 6,000 rupees every year. To receive…

NEXT Biometrics Teams with Another Aadhaar-focused POS Tech Firm

NEXT Biometrics Teams with Another Aadhaar-focused POS Tech Firm

“Shanghai Basewin Technology has started integrating NEXT Biometrics’ NEXT NB 2023 fingerprint sensor modules into its solutions, with initial volumes having already been shipped.” NEXT Biometrics has partnered with another China-based Point-of-Sale specialist focused on India’s Aadhaar market. Shanghai Basewin Technology Co. has a particular niche in the POS industry as a developer of original…

NEXT Supplies Fingerprint Readers for Sustainable Agriculture Project in India

NEXT Supplies Fingerprint Readers for Sustainable Agriculture Project in India

NEXT Biometrics will be providing fingerprint readers for the World Bank’s Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (POCRA) in India. The project is being rolled out in conjunction with the Agricultural Department of the Indian state of Maharashtra, and will involve smallholder farmers spread across 5,000 villages in the area.   NEXT’s fingerprint readers will be…

NEXT Biometrics Receives More Orders for Aadhaar-Certified Technology

NEXT Biometrics Receives More Orders for Aadhaar-Certified Technology

“Application developers and system integrators opt for NEXT’s sensor technology because of its reliable performance and seamless integration.” NEXT Biometrics will continue to be a major player in the Indian market now that the company has received more orders for its Aadhaar-certified fingerprint technology. The fingerprint sensors will be used in a slew of Aadhaar…

NEXT Biometrics Teams with Another Aadhaar-Focused POS Specialist

NEXT Biometrics Teams with Another Aadhaar-Focused POS Specialist

Another partnership with a POS specialist is poised to extend NEXT Biometrics‘ presence in the Aadhaar market. The company has teamed up with New Delhi-based MobiOcean, which will integrate NEXT Biometrics’ fingerprint sensor technology into a POS solution designed to facilitate Aadhaar Enabled Payment System applications for merchants and government authorities. Aadhaar is India’s wide-ranging…

NEXT Biometrics Partners with M-Tech Innovations for Biometric Smart Cards

NEXT Biometrics Partners with M-Tech Innovations for Biometric Smart Cards

“…we are in the process of building a sustainable network with leading players in the smart card ecosystem to commercialize biometric dual interface technology in the banking sector and beyond.” – Alain Faburel, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, NEXT Biometrics NEXT Biometrics has another partner in the emerging biometric payment cards market: The company has…

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Respondents to FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey tend to have shown a high level of comfort with – and enthusiasm for – biometric technologies, though that attitude took a notable dip when it came to the topic of how the government uses biometric technologies. Question 12 of the survey asked respondents to indicate how…

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