Aadhaar

BRIEF: Meet Aadhaar, the World’s Most Ambitious National ID Program

BRIEF: Meet Aadhaar, the World’s Most Ambitious National ID Program

India’s Aadhaar is the world’s most ambitious national ID program. It’s affiliated with a larger, ongoing initiative called Digital India, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched in 2015 to help push India towards a more digital economy; and it’s administrated by the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, a government agency that predates the…

Indian Gov’t Launches Mobile Version of National Biometric ID

Indian Gov’t Launches Mobile Version of National Biometric ID

The Unique Identification Authority of India has launched a mobile app for the country’s national biometric ID program. The mAadhaar app is essentially a mobile version of an Aadhaar card, containing the same biographic and biometric information. It can only be downloaded to the same SIM card registered with a given user’s Aadhaar, and it…

Aadhaar Authentication Comes to Skype Lite

Aadhaar Authentication Comes to Skype Lite

Aadhaar authentication is now available for users of Skype Lite in India. The feature was first announced in February of this year. It lets users of the video chat service to confirm their identities using India’s national biometric ID program at any time during a call, and to request such confirmation from others. To authenticate,…

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India

An upgrade to India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform is expected to feature enhanced support for biometrics and preauthorized transactions, reports The Economic Times. Administrated by the National Payments Corporation of India, the UPI is a payments platform designed to facilitate electronic payments between different bank accounts via mobile devices; Samsung, seeking to boost its…

India’s Supreme Court Allows Gov’t to Link Aadhaar to Taxes, with Exceptions

India’s Supreme Court Allows Gov’t to Link Aadhaar to Taxes, with Exceptions

India’s Supreme Court has weighed in on the government’s controversial plan to link tax filing to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. The central government had sought to link Aadhaar to the Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards that are currently used to file taxes, arguing that they are highly vulnerable to fraud on their…

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

“The bogus identity used the name Osama bin Laden and featured a blurry photo of the former terrorist leader, who was killed by American special forces in 2011.” An employee of the Unique Identification Authority of India is under investigation by police officials for attempting to create a fraudulent identity in Aadhaar, the country’s national…

FIDO Alliance Partners with Data Security Council of India, Launches FIDO India Working Group

FIDO Alliance Partners with Data Security Council of India, Launches FIDO India Working Group

The FIDO Alliance has established a partnership with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and launched a FIDO India Working Group, the consortium has announced. The partnership could prove impactful in a rapidly digitizing economy, particularly as the proliferation of India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID program helps to popularize biometric authentication. In a statement,…

Indian Authorities Developing Solar-Powered, Biometric ATM

Indian Authorities Developing Solar-Powered, Biometric ATM

Government authorities in India are developing a solar-powered, biometric ATM for use in rural areas. The project was announced by Harsh Vardhan, the country’s science and technology minister. The ATM will be able to identify individuals through a thumb or fingerprint scan, presumably via communication with Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. It will…

Chief Minister Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking in Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking in Uttar Pradesh

“The move follows earlier efforts to bring biometric attendance tracking to government offices at a higher level.” The Chief Minister of India’s most populous state is ordering the expansion of biometric attendance tracking in government offices. During a presentation of the Rural Development Department, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted that such systems must be…

Delta ID Pushes for Iris-Based Aadhaar Authentication

Delta ID Pushes for Iris-Based Aadhaar Authentication

“Just as mobile fingerprint scanning started on high-end devices from Apple and quickly spread to cheaper smartphones, many expect the same pattern to unfold with respect to mobile iris scanning.” With excitement building over smartphone iris scanning, Delta ID is seeking to pioneer the technology’s use with Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. As the…

INTERVIEW: Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Iris ID

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Iris ID. The conversation begins with talk of Iris ID’s presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and how iris recognition is gaining a great deal of momentum in mobility, finance, and other popular markets. Talk then turns…

Indian Tax Agency Says Certain Bank Accounts Must be Linked to Aadhaar

Indian Tax Agency Says Certain Bank Accounts Must be Linked to Aadhaar

The Indian government’s tax agency has announced that individuals who opened bank accounts between July of 2014 and August of 2015 will need to link their accounts to their Aadhaar numbers. The move represents another significant expansion of India’s biometric national ID program which is increasingly being used for authentication in the country’s financial services…

Indian Government Explores Aadhaar for Domestic Flights

Indian Government Explores Aadhaar for Domestic Flights

The Indian government is exploring the idea of linking air travel to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. As The Times of India reports, the government has asked Wipro, an India-based IT consultancy, to develop a plan for a project that would allow travelers to book tickets for domestic flights using Aadhaar, and to…

Aadhaar Can’t Be Mandatory for Welfare Access: Supreme Court

Aadhaar Can’t Be Mandatory for Welfare Access: Supreme Court

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s national biometric ID program cannot be made mandatory for access to social subsidies. The ruling is a setback for the government, but limited in scope given the breadth of Aadhaar applications in the country. The biometric ID program has expanded in a legal fog since the Supreme Court…

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

India’s University Grants Commission is asking the country’s universities to start incorporating Aadhaar numbers into issued degrees. As with so many applications of India’s national biometric ID program, the move is meant to curb fraud. The UGC is asking that universities include students’ Aadhaar numbers together with their photographs in its degree certificates, which should…

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Evolution

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Evolution

Last week at FindBiometrics Mobile Biometrics Month 2017 continued as innovations in facial recognition dominated the news. We interviewed major industry personalities too, while border control rounded out the headlines and the industry prepared for the upcoming CeBIT and ISC West conferences.   Here is a roundup of last week’s top stories in global identity…

Three Markets Where Mobile Biometrics Are Making a Difference

Three Markets Where Mobile Biometrics Are Making a Difference

Mobile biometric technology is more than just unlocking your smartphone with your fingerprint, face, or iris. Many of the same innovations that have made biometrics flexible and affordable enough to integrate into consumer-facing hardware have also allowed for strong biometric identity to become a more prominent aspect of vertical markets on a global scale. This week,…

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s pioneering national biometric ID program is winning praise from the World Bank, reports Bloomberg. While Aadhaar can still be controversial with respect to privacy issues, it also appears to be offering compelling benefits to government authorities and the population alike. By facilitating access to government services, subsidy programs, and even everyday economic activity, “a…

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Identity & Security has successfully completed a pilot project linking passenger security screening at India’s Bengaluru Airport to the country’s biometric national ID system, Aadhaar. It was first reported last autumn that Bengaluru Airport, officially called Kempegowda International Airport, would get Aadhaar-linked biometric screening, with Safran and Vision-Box participating in the project. Now, Safran…

Aadhaar Pay Goes Live in India

Aadhaar Pay Goes Live in India

“The service is going live just as Samsung launches its mPayment service in the country…” Aadhaar Pay is now active in India, care of IDFC Bank. The system operates through a mobile app on the merchant side. When a customer wishes to pay for something, she needs only to select the bank on the touchscreen, enter…

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