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Indian City Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking for Staff

Indian City Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking for Staff

The Indian city of Khammam is expanding its use of biometric time and attendance tracking for city workers, reports The Hindu. While the Khammam Municipal Corporation had already installed such a system for its office workers, it’s now expanding it to all its staff in the field, including sanitation workers. It’s a considerable expansion; while…

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to registration in the nation’s biometric ID program, Aadhaar. Earlier this month, the UIDAI launched a campaign to register any last voters in 22 states in which Aadhaar registration has already reached virtually 100 percent. Any…

India’s Yes Bank Announces Iris-Based POS and ATM Solution

India’s Yes Bank Announces Iris-Based POS and ATM Solution

One of India’s biggest banks is embracing iris biometrics for Aadhaar-based transactions. Yes Bank has announced that it has partnered with Lastmile.mobi to provide such a POS solution based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The technological solution will essentially enable transactions using iris-based verification, either through a POS terminal or an ATM. It’s based on the…

NEC Celebrates as Aadhaar Marches Beyond Billionth Enrolment

NEC Celebrates as Aadhaar Marches Beyond Billionth Enrolment

“NEC’s technology is a cornerstone of the program, enabling the use of multiple biometric modalities—face, fingerprint, and iris—to ensure that individuals aren’t registered twice.” NEC is celebrating the dramatic growth of India’s Aadhaar system. It’s the biggest and perhaps the most ambitious national biometric ID program in the world. Part of a larger ‘Digital India’ initiative,…

Housing Board to Link Allotments to Aadhaar Credentials

Housing Board to Link Allotments to Aadhaar Credentials

A major community housing organization in India is going to take advantage of biometric identification in its housing assignments and administration. The Chandigarh Housing Board has announced that it will link residents’ information to their Aadhaar numbers. Aadhaar is, of course, India’s enormous biometric national ID program, with over a billion citizens now enrolled. It’s…

Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS Gets Aadhaar Certification

Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS Gets Aadhaar Certification

“Delta ID’s technology was also used in the world’s first iris-scanning smartphone, NTT DOCOMO’s F-04G, as well as a sequel device.” Iris biometrics specialist Delta ID is now officially certified to provide technology for Aadhaar, India’s ambitious national biometric ID program. The certification covers the company’s ActiveIRIS technology, which is already being used in a…

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore the world of law enforcement biometrics while acquisitions, both speculative and real, brought some excitement to the industry news. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris biometrics all made headlines, while an interview gave insight into the one of the newest big names in biometrics. – Sign up now…

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

The Indian government is inviting the world’s mutlinational tech giants to work with it on incorporating its national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, into their devices and services. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, convened a meeting to discuss the idea a few weeks ago, inviting leaders from companies like Apple, Google,…

Other Countries Look to India’s Biometric ID Program

Other Countries Look to India’s Biometric ID Program

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric identity program, is garnering attention from around the world, reports VCCircle. At least, that’s the view of R.S. Sharma, former head of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government body charged with administrating Aadhaar. Now employed as the head of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Sharma continues to be…

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

Airtel and Vodafone have launched new biometric enrollment systems for mobile subscribers in India. They’re linked to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program that is used for an increasing number of authentication applications across the country. Developed in collaboration with Safran Security & Identity (formerly Morpho), Airtel’s system has gone live in its stores in Delhi, and…

Indian Hospitals to Issue Aadhaar Cards Along with Birth Certificates

Indian Hospitals to Issue Aadhaar Cards Along with Birth Certificates

The Indian government is getting ready to start issuing Aadhaar cards for newborns, reports the Deccan Chronicle. Aadhaar is India’s national biometric ID program. Over a billion citizens have been registered for Aadhaar, and the ID system is being used in a growing number of administrative services, not only from the government directly but also in areas…

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Authorities in another district council in India are pushing harder to extend biometric attendance tracking for schools in their jurisdiction, reports The Hindu. Last month, district council authorities in Karnataka state introduced an attendance tracking program linked to Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID system. The aim was to improve outcomes for students by ensuring that teachers were accountable…

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach across the country. In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, 95.2 percent of the population either have or are awaiting their Aadhaar numbers, with city officials having made Aadhaar enrollment mandatory. But as the program grows, there’s plenty of other incentive to register;…

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 31 Percent CAGR Between 2016-2021: Report

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 31 Percent CAGR Between 2016-2021: Report

India’s biometrics market will be worth more than three billion dollars by the year 2021, according to a new report from TechSci Research. Entitled “India Biometrics Market By Type, By End Use Sector, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2016-2021”, the report says this growth reflects a CAGR of about 31 percent during the forecast period. Aadhaar is,…

Safran Highlights Benefits of Biometrics in Civil Identity

Safran Highlights Benefits of Biometrics in Civil Identity

Safran Identity & Security is highlighting the benefits of biometric authentication. In a new blog post, the company’s VP of Partnerships and Presales, Digital Security and Authentication, Philippe Le Pape, outlines what biometric authentication is and why it is so important. Proclaiming that biometric identification “is superior to traditional passwords and PIN based methods”, Le…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

June has come to an end and with it exits Border Control & National ID Month. For the past five weeks at FindBiometrics we have been placing a featured focus on the most ambitious and enormous biometric and identity tech deployments around the globe, with feature articles, on-topic industry news coverage and, of course, an…

Indian State Implements Biometric Attendance Tracking for College Faculty

Indian State Implements Biometric Attendance Tracking for College Faculty

“[Assam’s] education department issued a directive ordering that such biometric systems much be active by the end of the summer vacation, on August 1st.” Authorities in Assam, India, have mandated that the state’s colleges must install biometric readers for faculty attendance tracking. While many such devices had been installed as early as 2012, they had by…

Street Vendors Must Register Biometrics in Madurai, India

Street Vendors Must Register Biometrics in Madurai, India

Officials in Madurai, India, are preparing to launch a biometric registration program for the city’s street vendors, reports The Times of India. The move follows an initial survey that found a total of 3,554 vendors across the city, with officials offering those vendors receipts. Starting June 20th, those vendors will have to register their fingerprint…

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

June is Border Control & National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we are examining the biggest, most ambitious identity tech deployments around the globe as they develop and protect the nations of the world. Last week we looked at the ways that a multimodal approach to border control is best suited to serve the international…

Indian Authorities Implement Tablet-Based Biometric Attendance Tracking for Teachers

Indian Authorities Implement Tablet-Based Biometric Attendance Tracking for Teachers

Authorities in the Zilla Panchayat, a district council in India, have implemented biometric time and attendance tracking for high school teachers under their jurisdiction. The system is, of course, linked to Aadhaar, the country’s biometric citizen ID program. In this case, it’s administrated via Android tablets equipped with thumb scanners. Teachers will have to register…

Indian Bank Expands Biometric ATM Project

Indian Bank Expands Biometric ATM Project

Bengalaru, the capital of India’s Karnataka state, now has its first biometric ATM. The system eschews card-and-PIN customer authentication for fingerprint recognition. It’s an expansion of a program first launched by DCB Bank this April, when the bank started a pilot project at its corporate office in Mumbai. Further deployments soon followed in Odisha and Punjab, and…

Aadhaar Camps Aimed at Enrolling Children

Aadhaar Camps Aimed at Enrolling Children

Government officials are making special efforts to get children enrolled in India’s Aadhaar program. In some areas, authorities are going so far as to set up ‘enrollment camps’ for kids aged six and under. Several such camps were organized this weekend in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, with officials setting up shop in numerous villages…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

June is Border Control & National ID Month 2016 at FindBiometrics. All month we will be examining the ins-and-outs of biometric citizen registry and identification—its applications, real life deployments, and how it is shaping the global community—as well as the way biometrics are protecting the borders of the nations they are helping to build. To…

Samsung Launches Iris Scanning Tablet For Aadhaar Use

Samsung Launches Iris Scanning Tablet For Aadhaar Use

Samsung has launched a new iris scanning tablet specifically designed for use with India’s Aadhaar program. Aadhaar is a national ID project with a biometric registry of citizens at its core. Part of a larger ‘Digital India’ initiative, it’s increasingly being used by government agencies for a range of purposes, from time and attendance tracking…

News Roundup: Biometrics and The Enterprise of Tomorrow

News Roundup: Biometrics and The Enterprise of Tomorrow

Last week at FindBiometrics Physical Access & Enterprise Month continued with a look at the hidden benefits of biometrics in the workplace while we prepared for this week’s featured webinar presentation. Behavioral biometrics and financial applications each took the spotlight in the news while the headlines were filled out with national ID, border control, facial…

Aadhaar Finding Impactful Links to Banking

Aadhaar Finding Impactful Links to Banking

India’s ambitious Aadhaar biometric citizen registry is starting to make some impactful connections with the country’s financial sector. A major new initiative called Unified Payment Interface is leveraging Aadhaar to enable digital banking services for a wide swath of the population. The system has been organized by the country’s banks, and will allow citizens to…

Morpho Celebrates Billionth Aadhaar Enrollment

Morpho Celebrates Billionth Aadhaar Enrollment

“Morpho has been a major a major contributor to the project, offering biometric scanning technologies.” Morpho (Safran) is celebrating a major milestone for India’s Aadhaar project. As of the start of April, the national biometric ID program has now reached a billion citizens. First initiated in 2010, the project was aimed at creating a new national…

New Tablet Designed to Function With Aadhaar

New Tablet Designed to Function With Aadhaar

India-based Datamini has launched a new tablet designed to extend access to financial services. Called the TPOS7 Janunnati Pad, it’s the product of a collaboration between Datamini, Intel, and MAIT, an organization seeking to develop India’s ICT sector. It’s a 7″ tablet compatible with Android and Windows 10 operating systems, and featuring 2GB of RAM, 5MP…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

India’s ruling government is attempting to pass legislation that will leverage the data associated with its Aadhaar program for security purposes. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national citizen ID program, which has now collected the biographic and biometric data of nearly a billion citizens. The program’s initial aim was to make the distribution of…

Indian Gov’t Has Collected Biometrics of Almost a Billion Citizens

Indian Gov’t Has Collected Biometrics of Almost a Billion Citizens

India’s central government says it has collected the biometric data of roughly 990 million citizens through its Aadhaar project. The figure was presented by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a meeting of the Rajya Sabha, or Council of States. Aadhaar is, of course, the pioneering biometric ID project that has sought to link a…

Morpho Talks ID and Independence on International Women’s Day

Morpho Talks ID and Independence on International Women’s Day

Morpho (Safran) is taking the opportunity of International Women’s Day to celebrate projects promoting women’s rights around the world. In a post on the company’s website, CEO Anne Bouverot asserts that “possessing proof of one’s identity represents the first step towards freedom and independence for women,” and that’s why she supports the World Bank’s Identification…

MWC 2016: Morpho To Enjoy Life in a Connected World

MWC 2016: Morpho To Enjoy Life in a Connected World

This year’s Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, and Morpho (Safran) will be on hand with a range of innovative offerings under the umbrella motto of “Enjoying life in a connected world.” In keeping with its strengthened focus on the mobile space, a number of its products to be showcased revolve around mobile tech. In…

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Authorities in Karnataka state, India, are looking to use the country’s Aadhaar cards to ensure that parents do not enroll children in schools outside of their municipal districts. Indian children are currently entitled to free education under the country’s Right to Education (RTE) Act, but they must accept seats in the municipal wards of their primary…

Indian Police District Adopts Biometric Time and Attendance for Staff

Indian Police District Adopts Biometric Time and Attendance for Staff

With Aadhaar leading the way, biometric time and attendance tracking continues its spread through India’s public sector. The district police office (DPO) of Virudhunagar state has announced that it has now implemented such a system for its own ministerial staff. It’s a move aimed at improving administrative efficiency and preventing potential timesheet fraud. Commenting on…

Morpho to Use Aadhaar To Enroll Airtel Subscribers

Morpho to Use Aadhaar To Enroll Airtel Subscribers

Morpho (Safran) has announced a major new contract to provide a digital onboarding system for Airtel, India’s biggest mobile network operator. What’s more, Morpho will use the Aadhaar national biometric citizen registry to authenticate Airtel subscribers. It’s going to start as a proof of concept initiative in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, but it could expand on…

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

India’s navy is equipping fishermen with biometric identification in an effort to improve coastal security. Speaking to press on Navy Day, Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan explained that the program was implemented in the wake of a 2008 terror attack involving a hijacked fishing vessel. The navy has now established 87 automatic identification stations, which complement…

Subsidized Food Shops in Delhi to Have Biometric Authentication by Next May

Subsidized Food Shops in Delhi to Have Biometric Authentication by Next May

India’s government is planning to bring biometric authentication to its food subsidy system, and Delhi, the nation’s capital, should have it in place next spring. Responding to a question during a session of the national Assembly, Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain explained that the system should be operational in Delhi by May of next year.…

Bangladesh Begins Biometric Registration of Mobile Users

Bangladesh Begins Biometric Registration of Mobile Users

Bangladeshi mobile network operators have started registering the biometric data of users. It’s part of a bid to stop criminal activity, with the country’s government having launched the idea after hearing allegations that criminals were registering mobile SIM cards under assumed names, or else simply not registering them. The move is being spearheaded by six…

India: Biometric Authentication to Food Welfare Depots

India: Biometric Authentication to Food Welfare Depots

In a bid to crack down on food welfare fraud, India’s Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Dinesh Gundu Rao, is bringing biometric scanning devices to distribution centers. The aim is to authenticate customers using their Aadhaar ID cards to ensure that they are indeed entitled to the food subsidies. Aadhaar is, of…

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 16.47 Percent CAGR Until 2020

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 16.47 Percent CAGR Until 2020

Continued, strong growth is predicted for India’s biometrics market. A new report from BIS Research predicts that the market will grow at an annual rate of 16.47 percent between 2015 and 2020. That reflects a jump from $823.46 million last year to an estimated $2.06 billion at the end of the forecast period. The unsurprising…

Indian Teachers Protest Biometric Attendance Tracking

Indian Teachers Protest Biometric Attendance Tracking

Protesting teachers are staging a major sit-in at India’s Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology. About 150 teachers participated in a demonstration against the government’s proposed implementation of biometric attendance tracking. According to the Business Standard, the Guru Jambheshwar University Teachers Association (GJUTA) has called the state’s measure “anti-academic and anti-teacher,” while GJUTA President Dr. Anil Kumar…

India’s Aadhaar Program Faces Judicial Setback

India’s Aadhaar Program Faces Judicial Setback

India’s Supreme Court has refused to rule on a case brought by the central government seeking to expand its use of the Aadhaar biometric identity card system. That effectively means that a previous ruling restricting the government’s use of Aadhaar remains in effect. The central issue here is the Modi government’s desire to make use…

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National eID card programs are set to encompass half the world population in three years time, according to a report by Acuity Market Intelligence, and biometrics play a key role in said initiatives. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we have been taking an in depth look at this proliferating global market…

TechSci: Government Sector Drives India’s Biometrics Market

TechSci: Government Sector Drives India’s Biometrics Market

India’s biometrics market is in for continued strong growth over the next several years, according to a new report from TechSci Research. It’s expected to grow at an annual rate of 35 percent (CAGR) between 2015 and 2020. The main driver of India’s biometrics market over the last few years has been the government sector,…

News Roundup: A Closer Look At Aadhaar

News Roundup: A Closer Look At Aadhaar

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued National ID Month with a featured look at India’s ambitious Aadhaar program. In the industry news we got our first official look at Apple’s second generation Touch ID on the iPhone 6S, a slew of government biometrics headlines and the usual influx of mobile fingerprint integrations. Here’s a look…

National ID Month: 4 Aspects of Aadhaar

National ID Month: 4 Aspects of Aadhaar

India can boast the most ambitious large scale national ID project in the world. The nation’s’ UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) was created in 2009 to spearhead the Aadhaar number program, which seeks to biometrically register India’s massive population and serve each citizen with a unique 12-digit ID number correlated to their nationally stored…

News Roundup: Welcome To National ID Month

News Roundup: Welcome To National ID Month

Last week at FindBiometrics we welcomed in September by kicking off National ID Month. In the Industry news we saw headlines from around the world in law enforcement, border control, attendance tracking and more, spanning all sorts of modalities. Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in identity management: National ID Month September…

National ID Month: The Primer

National ID Month: The Primer

Among the largest biometrics technology deployments in the world you will find government applications of national ID. Massive biometrics databases, containing citizen biometric data, allowing the countries that employ them to dole out essential services, conduct elections, keep track of visitors and more. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics in which we will be…

Indian City Takes Out Trash with Aadhaar Attendance Tracking

Indian City Takes Out Trash with Aadhaar Attendance Tracking

The Indian city of Vijayawada is implementing biometric time and attendance tracking for some of its municipal workers. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has announced the measure as a response to residents’ complaints that sanitation workers are skipping work while still reporting that it’s done. The system is relying on the Aadhaar national biometric registry of citizens,…

Telecoms Pressure Indian Gov’t to Allow Biometric User Registration

Telecoms Pressure Indian Gov’t to Allow Biometric User Registration

India’s telecommunications operators are pushing government officials to let them use the country’s Aadhaar biometric citizen registry to sign up new subscribers. They argue that it would be a much more efficient and reliable means of enrollment than the current paperwork-ridden process. While the Department of Telecommunications is supportive of the idea, the country’s telecoms…

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