Aadhaar

Indian Authorities Tie Aadhaar to Food Rations

Indian Authorities Tie Aadhaar to Food Rations

Government authorities in India have now tied access to subsidized grain rations to enrollment in Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. The directive was issued by the Department of Food and Consumer Affairs this week and applies across the country, with the exception of Assam, Jammu, Kashmir, and Meghalaya. Individuals seeking to access the…

Indian Authorities Warn Public of Aadhaar Fraud

Indian Authorities Warn Public of Aadhaar Fraud

The Indian government continues its battle against fraudsters seeking to take advantage of the country’s now ubiquitous national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, with a new statement cautioning citizens not to purchase plastic or laminated versions of Aadhaar cards. In a statement, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is warning that certain “unscrupulous entities” are…

Indian Gov’t Takes Stern Stance on Unauthorized Aadhaar Services

Indian Gov’t Takes Stern Stance on Unauthorized Aadhaar Services

“…UIDAI, has announced that it has shut down 12 websites and Google Play store mobile apps for providing unauthorized Aadhaar services…” As Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach into everyday life in the country, some are taking advantage and abusing the system – and the government is cracking down. The…

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran Identity & Security has teamed up with FotoNation to offer a biometric identity solution compatible with India’s massive national ID program, Aadhaar. While FotoNation’s mobile authentication system launched last autumn featured both facial and iris recognition, the companies’ new offering, called BioNetra, will focus on the latter modality, with a statement announcing the partnership…

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Aadhaar Pay is starting to take shape and could launch imminently. The idea was announced by Indian authorities late last year as the government ramped up efforts to transform India into a cashless society. Aadhaar Pay is a kind of hybrid between mobile payments and naked payments: Customers need only to pay with biometric scans,…

Indian Government Mulls Linking Biometric ID Program to Tax Returns

Indian Government Mulls Linking Biometric ID Program to Tax Returns

Government authorities in India are considering enabling the use of Aadhaar for income tax returns. The idea is to simplify tax returns by letting Indian citizens file them using their account numbers from the national biometric ID program. The measure was proposed by an advisory panel concerned with the advancement of India’s digital payments ecosystem,…

Aadhaar-Based System Lets New Aircel Subscribers Register Via Selfie

Aadhaar-Based System Lets New Aircel Subscribers Register Via Selfie

Safran Identity & Security has brought biometric self-registration to new customers of Indian mobile network operator Aircel. The solution combines Safran’s GSMA Mobile Connect authentication platform with Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. Aadhaar’s citizen IDs include iris, fingerprint, and face data, with the GSMA Mobile Connect solution taking advantage of the latter to let new…

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

The Unique Identification Authority of India is working with banks in the country to establish incentive programs to get shopkeepers in rural areas to start accepting Aadhaar-enabled payments, reports Deccan Herald. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national biometric ID system, which is expanding to more and more applications, with the vast majority of the country’s…

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program

India’s national biometric ID program continues to expand in the country, with a new government directive requiring rural workers to register via Aadhaar in order to continue receiving subsidies. The directive applies to workers receiving government subsidies through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, or MGNREGS, which helps to ensure an income for…

Indian Gov’t Announces Aadhaar Mobile Payment App

Indian Gov’t Announces Aadhaar Mobile Payment App

The Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, is getting ready to enable mobile payment transactions based on Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. Following a recent ministerial meeting on how to facilitate the Prime Minister’s Office’s promotion of digital payments, the UIDAI has announced that it will release an Android app this month…

InFocus’ Iris Scanning Smartphone Gets Approval for Aadhaar

InFocus’ Iris Scanning Smartphone Gets Approval for Aadhaar

Oregon-based InFocus is preparing to launch an iris-scanning smartphone compatible with India’s Aadhaar biometric national ID program. The as yet unnamed smartphone has just received certification from India’s Standardization Testing & Quality Certification (STQC) authority confirming its use for Aadhaar, the biggest and most ambitious biometric national ID program in the world. With Aadhaar used…

Temple Priests Resist Biometric Attendance Tracking in India

Temple Priests Resist Biometric Attendance Tracking in India

A civic body charged with ensuring the economic welfare of temple priests (or “archakas”) in India is postponing the implementation of a biometric attendance tracking system due to protests from the archakas. As The Hindu reports, the Archaka Welfare Fund Trust (AWFT) made its decision in response to archaka complaints that implementing biometric attendance tracking…

Aadhaar Biometric Screening Coming to Bangalore Airport

Aadhaar Biometric Screening Coming to Bangalore Airport

Aadhaar, India’s pioneering national biometric ID program, is expanding its presence in air travel security. As The Economic Times reports, the Bangalore International Airport is preparing to enable Aadhaar-based security screening for travelers. The aim is to make the screening process smoother and more convenient for travelers, with a high-level airport executive explaining that it “should…

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…

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