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Yoti Publishes Insights From Africa and Southeast Asia Digital Identity Studies

Yoti Publishes Insights From Africa and Southeast Asia Digital Identity Studies

“In Southeast Asia, interview subjects showed an interest in biometric technology for identity verification and preventing fraud, and also pointed out that poor ID management could have serious consequences for individuals’ safety in states where corruption is pronounced.” Yoti is capping off its research project on digital identity in Africa and Southeast Asia with an…

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

“The collection of biometric data is a common practice for government authorities in Nigeria…” Nigeria’s federal government is using biometrics to monitor foreigners in the country. As AllAfrica reports, the revelation came by way of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Danbazau at a panel discussion held during the opening of the International Press Institute…

Collaboration Presents Opportunity for Humaniq to Improve Security For End Users in Africa

Collaboration Presents Opportunity for Humaniq to Improve Security For End Users in Africa

“Users in Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are currently required to upload pictures of their faces to the Humaniq app for registration and authentication based on facial recognition, with behavioral biometrics also playing a role in authentication.” Humaniq has joined the Biometrics Institute, an international organization dedicated to the responsible use of biometrics. In…

Daon’s New Partnership With GEMADEC to Extend IdentityX’s Reach in Africa

Daon’s New Partnership With GEMADEC to Extend IdentityX’s Reach in Africa

“[GEMADEC]’s interest in Daon’s IdentityX platform is thus understandable: IdentityX is a multimodal biometric authentication system that has been widely embraced, particularly in the financial services industry, as a growing number of businesses seek to take advantage of biometrics for customer onboarding and security.” A new partnership should considerably extend the reach of Daon‘s biometric…

Senegal First ECOWAS Member to Begin Issuance of Biometric IDs

Senegal First ECOWAS Member to Begin Issuance of Biometric IDs

Senegal has become the first country in the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, to issue biometric ID cards to citizens. It’s a region-wide project that was first suggested in the summer of last year, when ECOWAS VP Toga Gayewea McIntosh recommended the biometric ID cards‘ implementation at a meeting of ECOWAS’ Strategic Planning…

Cameroon Government to Collect Taxpayer Biometrics

Cameroon Government to Collect Taxpayer Biometrics

Government officials in Cameroon are preparing to register the biometrics of taxpayers. As Business in Cameroon reports, the Inland Revenue Administration will begin the process next week, on September 12th. In the beginning, officials will collect the biometric data only from taxpayers categorized under the medium and large enterprise sections of the country’s tax code,…

Gemalto Provides Cameroon with Biometric eID Solution

Gemalto Provides Cameroon with Biometric eID Solution

Gemalto is providing government officials in Cameroon with a highly secure electronic ID (eID) solution.  It’s called Sealys Color in PC, an identity card solution that engraves subjects’ photos directly into the card via laser. The company says it’s a tamper-proof solution, helping to ensure that citizen’s ID documents can’t be duplicated or fabricated. It…

Liberian Agencies Vie for Control Over Biometric ID Program

Liberian Agencies Vie for Control Over Biometric ID Program

Two national agencies are vying for control over Liberia’s biometric ID project ahead of the country’s 2017 election, reports FrontPageAfrica. The National Identification Registry (NIR) was originally established to issue biometric ID cards, but the National Elections Commission (NEC) is now attempting to take over the biometric registration process on its own. It’s a critical issue…

Integrated Biometrics Reports ‘Incredibly High’ Interest in Tech at ID4Africa

Integrated Biometrics Reports ‘Incredibly High’ Interest in Tech at ID4Africa

Integrated Biometrics’ participation in the recent ID4Africa forum in Rwanda appears to have been quite a success. The company says that it saw heavy interest in its biometrics scanner products at the event. Taking place toward the end of last month, ID4Africa was aimed at connecting government, NGOs, and businesses in the interest of fostering…

Kenya’s GTBank Implements Touch ID Login

Kenya’s GTBank Implements Touch ID Login

Kenya’s GTBank has implemented fingerprint based login on its mobile banking app. The biometric authentication capability comes by way of the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on Apple’s newest mobile devices. In a statement announcing the move, the bank framed it as a means of improving both user convenience and security, noting that customers are…

News Roundup: Biometrics in Africa

News Roundup: Biometrics in Africa

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought a close to Voice Biometrics 2016 with the latest entry in our renowned expert webinar series. The identity industry had its eyes on Africa as the ID4 Africa conference took place, bringing with it major new product and project launches, and we reported on the latest news concerning biometrics…

Integrated Biometrics Strengthens Focus on Africa Market

Integrated Biometrics Strengthens Focus on Africa Market

“The launch of an Africa website section comes as Integrated Biometrics participates in this week’s ID4Africa conference in Kigali, Rwanda.” Integrated Biometrics is strengthening its focus on the African market with a new region-specific section on its website, the company has announced. The section offers news, interviews, and case studies highlighting the advantages of biometric…

Ugandan Officials to Use Biometric to Track HIV/AIDS Patients

Ugandan Officials to Use Biometric to Track HIV/AIDS Patients

Ugandan officials are launching a project to use biometrics for identity verification of HIV/AIDS patients. Called Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support, or METS, it’s part of a five-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control, and its aim is to more accurately track HIV/AIDS patients so that healthcare services and resources can be administrated more effectively.…

Integrated Biometrics Shares Packed Event Schedule

Integrated Biometrics Shares Packed Event Schedule

Integrated Biometrics is looking to share its best practices expertise – and boost its market profile – at several major upcoming events over the coming months, the company has announced. The company will participate in he Biometrics Institute’s ID at the Borders & The Movement of People in Amsterdam, Secure Identification in Latvia, the Michigan Biometrics Conference, The American Jail Association conference…

Senior Economist Calls for Zimbabwe Gov’t to Implement Biometric Payroll

Senior Economist Calls for Zimbabwe Gov’t to Implement Biometric Payroll

A Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe senior economist, Prosper Chitambara, is advising the government to implement a biometric payroll system. The suggestion was put forward at a National Economic Consultative Forum workshop, and follows up on auditing efforts set in motion last year to assess the salaries in place for government and state-affiliated agencies,…

Uganda Prepares for Next Month’s Biometric Election

Uganda Prepares for Next Month’s Biometric Election

Uganda’s Electoral Commission has announced that biometric voter authentication will be used in next month’s national elections. The EC has ordered 32,000 thumbprint scanners and will deploy them at 28,010 polling stations for the election. They are programmed to automatically activate at 8:00am on polling day and to shut down at 5:00pm, adding an extra…

Anviz Opens South African Division

Anviz Opens South African Division

Anviz has opened two new offices in South Africa. The Anviz SA (Pty) Ltd. bases mark the company’s first entry into the continent. The new offices are located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with the umbrella organization of Anviz SA being led by Garth Du Preez, who the company called “a seasoned security professional in…

Gemalto Played Integral Role Facilitating Guinea Election

Gemalto Played Integral Role Facilitating Guinea Election

On October 11 of this year, Guinea held its presidential election, and biometrics were a key part of the process. Keeping with the increasing trend to register eligible voters’ biometrics prior to an election, the nation’s National Independent Electoral Commission, CENI, had previosuly turned to global digital security specialist Gemalto. With the goal of ensuring…

DERMALOG Named African Biometrics Company of the Year

DERMALOG Named African Biometrics Company of the Year

Market analysis firm Frost & Sullivan has recognized German biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG with the 2015 African Biometrics Company of the Year Award. The distinction comes on the heels of Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the biometric products market. The award was granted to DERMALOG because of its prominence on the continent, particularly in Nigeria…

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