Aadhaar

Indian Supreme Court Ruling Seeks to Restrict Aadhaar’s Reach

Indian Supreme Court Ruling Seeks to Restrict Aadhaar’s Reach

“This ruling comes a little over a year after the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer that privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens…” India’s Supreme Court has issued a new ruling that seeks to limit the reach of Aadhaar, the country’s ambitious biometric national ID program. According to a new Reuters report, the ruling…

Indian Airports Preparing Biometric Boarding Systems: Report

Indian Airports Preparing Biometric Boarding Systems: Report

Officials at the Pune airport in India are in the early stages of installing a biometric boarding system, according to a new report from The Times of India. Citing sources at the airport, the report says that officials are preparing a system based on facial recognition that will eliminate the need for travelers to show…

UIDAI Offers Funding to Help Schools Enroll Students in Aadhaar

UIDAI Offers Funding to Help Schools Enroll Students in Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India is once again recalibrating its efforts to promote Aadhaar, the country’s biometric national ID program, with the announcement that it will offer Rs 2B, or about $27,668,000, in assistance to school districts for the enrollment of students. It’s a response to confusion among school administrators that was arguably the…

Code Hack Allows for Creation of Fraudulent Aadhaar Identities, Report Alleges

Code Hack Allows for Creation of Fraudulent Aadhaar Identities, Report Alleges

“Responding to the report today, the UIDAI issued a statement in which it reaffirmed that each Aadhaar identity is linked to 10 unique fingerprints and a pair of irises, and that these biometrics are checked against the entire Aadhaar database for duplicate entries, so it is therefore ‘not possible’ to create fraudulent entries in the…

Vision-Box Gets Bengaluru Client Just Two Months After Opening Indian Office

Vision-Box Gets Bengaluru Client Just Two Months After Opening Indian Office

Vision-Box has found its latest client in southern India, announcing that Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has ordered its biometric automated passenger boarding technology. BIAL is the operator of the Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) in Bengaluru. Vision-Box says its technology will be implemented to enable the automatic identification of travelers as they proceed through the airport,…

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

The government sector has long been a key driver – if not the key driver – of the biometrics market. But with biometric technologies having advanced by leaps and bounds over the last few years, the applications and deployments that are taking place now are more exciting than ever. This is all going to get…

India’s Postal Service Launches Digital Banking Platform

India’s Postal Service Launches Digital Banking Platform

“Cardholders can access their online accounts and perform transactions by scanning the QR code on the card, and then performing biometric authentication.” India’s postal service is launching a new digital banking service that includes a feature allowing customers to perform transactions using a QR code and biometric authentication. The overall aim of the newly-launched India…

UIDAI Urges Citizens to Treat Aadhaar Info Like Credit Card

UIDAI Urges Citizens to Treat Aadhaar Info Like Credit Card

“The key is to think about it like a credit card number, the agency says; you share this with merchants all the time, but you wouldn’t post it online for everyone to see.” The Unique Identification Authority of India is once again seeking to clarify how its Aadhaar biometric ID program works to the larger…

UIDAI Announces Facial Recognition Requirement for SIM Issuance

UIDAI Announces Facial Recognition Requirement for SIM Issuance

“Effective September 15th, telecoms will need to ensure that at least 10 percent of their authentication transactions through Aadhaar are performed using facial recognition, with shortfalls subject to fines.” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is preparing to take at least a small step toward the integration of authentication based on facial recognition into…

Indian Authorities Pressure Schools to Comply with Biometric Attendance Order

Indian Authorities Pressure Schools to Comply with Biometric Attendance Order

Government authorities in India are putting pressure on some of the country’s junior science colleges to comply soon with an order to implement biometric attendance tracking for students. As The Times of India reports, the order first came down only two months ago, applying to schools in Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, and Pune, threatening to…

Iris-Scanning Tablets Enable Aadhaar-based Banking

Iris-Scanning Tablets Enable Aadhaar-based Banking

Axis Bank is staking a claim to being the first financial services institution in India to implement iris-based Aadhaar authentication on a ‘micro ATM’, a term for portable terminals used to enable account access. Axis Bank has embedded iris recognition technology into a tablet device to enable to the functionality as part of its efforts…

NEXT Biometrics Gets First Aadhaar Orders

NEXT Biometrics Gets First Aadhaar Orders

“NEXT Biometrics says the orders came through its domestic distribution partner, AqTronics Technologies, but that it’s also planning to establish its own subsidiary in India to facilitate future orders, which will be located in Bengaluru.” Just a couple of months after NEXT Biometrics received certification for its products’ use in India’s Aadhaar program, the company…

State Police in India Armed with Face Scanning Mobile App

State Police in India Armed with Face Scanning Mobile App

Police in the Indian state of Telangana are now using mobile facial recognition technology in the field. The new system is designed to let police use a mobile app to scan the faces of suspected criminals, unidentified bodies at crime scenes, missing children, or other individuals. Those scans are then compared against images from the…

New Partnership Solidifies BIO-key’s Presence in India

New Partnership Solidifies BIO-key’s Presence in India

“With its extensive biometric national ID program, increasingly used to authenticate citizens across a range of services in the public and private sectors, India may represent a particularly fertile market for BIO-key’s fingerprint scanner products.” A new partner could help to extend BIO-key‘s reach in the Indian market. Called Quantum Business Advisory, or “QB Advisory”,…

Almost Every Indian Adult Now Registered in Biometric ID Program

Almost Every Indian Adult Now Registered in Biometric ID Program

Almost every Indian adult is now enrolled in Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID database, according to a new report from The Economic Times. It’s a matter of some speculation, but the numbers add up. The central government says that a little over 1.2 billion people have been enrolled in the program; meanwhile, authorities also project…

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

Somali Gov’t Seeks Support for Biometric ID Program

The Somali government is aiming to build a biometric national ID program, and is looking to Pakistan and the World Bank for help. Dubbed the Somali National Identity Program, it’s actually envisioned as a program similar to Aadhaar, the biometric national ID program used by Pakistan’s arch-rival India. The program would enable citizens to access…

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had the opportunity to speak with Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. The conversation starts with a review of her first year as the company’s leader and her major accomplishments in the role. The conversation moves on to the major security benefits of NEXT’s large area sensors and the demanding…

Vision-Box Officially Arrives in India

Vision-Box Officially Arrives in India

Vision-Box is now open for business in India, with its new New Delhi office having officially opened last week. First announced in early June, the office is intended to help the Portugal-based company target opportunities for its biometric air travel solutions in the Indian market, where biometric services are increasingly prominent thanks to its Aadhaar…

Iris Scanning POS Uses FPC Tech

Iris Scanning POS Uses FPC Tech

A major deployment of Fingerprint Cards‘ iris scanning technology has arrived, in the form of a biometric point of sale terminal in India. Dubbed “Apnapay”, the terminal is the product of Hong Kong-based Grand Tech International Development. It allows for iris-based authentication of the customer based on Aadhaar, India’s wide-ranging biometric national ID program, thanks…

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