Aadhaar

Indian Partners Brief Afghanistan Officials on Aadhaar ID Program

Indian Partners Brief Afghanistan Officials on Aadhaar ID Program

“Aadhaar is the world’s most ambitious civil biometric identity program. Indian citizens are assigned an Aadhaar number connected to biometric registration including fingerprint, iris, and face biometrics…” Government officials from Afghanistan are exploring the development of a national ID program similar to India’s biometric Aadhaar system, suggest recent collaborative efforts conducted between the two countries.…

Indian Authorities Issue Biometric IDs to Migrant Workers

Indian Authorities Issue Biometric IDs to Migrant Workers

Department officials from Kochi in the Ernakulam district of India have reported that the coverage of migrant workers in the area with biometric identification cards has reached 80%. A department official speaking to The Times of India said, “We have provided biometric ID cards to 1,04,000 migrant workers in Ernakulam bringing 80% of them under…

Report Finds Aadhaar Excludes Homeless and Transgender Citizens

Report Finds Aadhaar Excludes Homeless and Transgender Citizens

A new report from the Dalberg consulting firm suggests that India’s Aadhaar program is currently excluding some of the country’s most vulnerable demographics. The report specifically calls attention to India’s homeless and transgender communities, noting that 30 percent of the homeless population and more than 25 percent of the transgender population are still not registered…

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

Indian privacy advocates are once again voicing their concerns as the government of India prepares to hand out a landmark contract for a national facial recognition surveillance system. The Prime Minister opened the bidding for the contract back in September, for a system that is supposed to help an understaffed police force identify criminals and…

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

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

The digital identity startup Syntizen Technologies has completed a successful Pre-Series A funding round, receiving an undisclosed amount of money from Mastercard and ACPL, a biometric solutions provider. Syntizen is based in Hyderabad, India, and plans to use the funds to improve its products and fuel its domestic and global expansion.   “Mastercard’s investment is…

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

India is moving forward with plans to set up a massive facial recognition surveillance scheme. The proposed system would centralize biometric data from multiple national databases, and would gather new data through a network of facial recognition cameras that would be set up throughout the country. Officials are hoping that the new system will help…

UIDAI Lets Indian Citizens Update Aadhaar Profile with Only an Aadhaar Card

UIDAI Lets Indian Citizens Update Aadhaar Profile with Only an Aadhaar Card

Aadhaar is rapidly eclipsing other forms of identity in India. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) took to Twitter to announce that Aadhaar cardholders no longer need any other documents when updating some of their personal information. Instead, Indian citizens can simply bring their Aadhaar card to any Aadhaar Seva Kendra center, where they…

Government Biometrics Month: ID Goes Biometric

Government Biometrics Month: ID Goes Biometric

Of the myriad ways in which biometric technologies are transforming how the government does its work, its impact in citizen identification is one offering some of the greatest potential to change people’s lives for the better while improving government function. ID Goes Biometric In its most common application areas, the rise of biometric identification has…

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…

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