biometric ID

UNHCR Uses Iris Biometrics to Register Displaced Syrian Refugees

UNHCR Uses Iris Biometrics to Register Displaced Syrian Refugees

Biometrics News – Iris Recognition The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that more than 1,600 Syrian refugees have been transported to the Bardarash Refugee Camp in Iraq after fleeing violence in northern Syria. Hundreds more are arriving on a daily basis, though they represent only a small fraction of the 166,000…

TECH5 Partners with Pepper & Ink for Mobile ID Solution

TECH5 Partners with Pepper & Ink for Mobile ID Solution

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition TECH5 has teamed up with Pepper & Ink Technologies to release a new ID storage app that eliminates the need for a physical identity card. The mobile app blends Pepper & Ink’s compression technology with TECH5’s facial recognition tech to encode identifying information – including face biometrics – as a…

Ipsidy Partners with National ID Registry to Bring Proof to Peru

Ipsidy Partners with National ID Registry to Bring Proof to Peru

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Ipsidy is bringing its Proof Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solution to Peru. The Proof platform arrives in the country through a partnership with RENIEC, Peru’s National ID Registry. As the ID Registry, RENIEC handles the distribution of all national identities, including the country’s electronic ID cards. The Proof app…

Internal Document Reveals Scope of UNHCR’s Ambitions for Biometric ID

Internal Document Reveals Scope of UNHCR’s Ambitions for Biometric ID

Biometrics News “…the assessment puts some hard numbers behind biometric ID programs that the UNHCR has championed through specific examples like Bangladesh’s settlements for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.” The United Nations’ refugee agency has ambitious goals with respect to its use of biometrics for refugee identification, and is solidly on track to meeting them, reveals…

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

With September coming to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of FindBiometrics’ featured coverage of Government Biometrics Month. The government sector is one of the most important components of the broader biometrics industry – indeed, it’s a driving force – so it’s always well worth taking a look at some…

Mobile and Government Biometrics: This Week’s Top Stories

Mobile and Government Biometrics: This Week’s Top Stories

Sometimes, FindBiometrics’ most popular articles in a given week will go in all kinds of directions in terms of topic and theme, and sometimes a week will be dominated by one modality, sector, or major event. But in this week’s roundup, there’s a bit of a thematic odd couple – mobile biometrics and government biometrics.…

UNHCR Deputy Highlights Digital Identity, Biometrics in Roosevelt Speech

UNHCR Deputy Highlights Digital Identity, Biometrics in Roosevelt Speech

A senior executive with the United Nations’ refugee agency has taken another high-profile opportunity to highlight the benefits of the biometric identification of displaced persons. The executive in this case was Kelly T. Clements, the UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner. She was speaking at Roosevelt University’s Center for New Deal Studies for the prestigious annual Franklin…

New Thai Immigration System Catches Eight Fake Passports in First Three Days

New Thai Immigration System Catches Eight Fake Passports in First Three Days

Thailand’s Immigration Police have arrested eight people in just three days after activating a new biometric system at the country’s 16 international airports. Authorities also handed out more than 81 million baht in fines, which is expected to help pay for the system’s price tag, pegged at a hefty 2 billion baht. The eight people…

Unisys Upgrades Face Tech for Biometric Queensland Driver’s Licenses

Unisys Upgrades Face Tech for Biometric Queensland Driver’s Licenses

Unisys has renewed its contract with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to facilitate the creation of secure biometric driver’s licenses, marine licenses, and accreditations. The two organizations first joined forces back in 2009, and TMR has issued more than 4.5 million smart licenses to Queensland residents in the decade since. Now…

WebAuth, FinTech, the Apple Watch, and More in This Week’s Top Stories

WebAuth, FinTech, the Apple Watch, and More in This Week’s Top Stories

There’s always plenty of variety in the world of biometrics news, but this week’s crop of FindBiometrics’ most popular articles really runs the gamut across a number of fields. First of all, there’s the perennial issue of strong online authentication. The news that GitHub – perhaps the world’s most popular ‘code repository’ for web development…

India’s New Seafarer IDs Feature Embedded Face Biometrics

India is equipping its sailors with a Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID) with facial biometrics embedded in the card’s chip. Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya handed out five cards during a press conference announcing the new IDs, and the country itself plans to hand out 15,000 more on an annual basis. At the moment, there are…

NEC Shares Biometrics Expertise with UN to Fight Global Hunger

NEC Shares Biometrics Expertise with UN to Fight Global Hunger

NEC has agreed to share its biometrics expertise with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Through the partnership, the WFP will be able to upgrade the SCOPE digital identity management platform that the organization uses to distribute food and other benefits. The move is in keeping with the UN’s broader interest in biometric technology,…

Government Biometrics Dominates This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Government Biometrics Dominates This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Government biometrics appears to be the theme of the week in FindBiometrics’ latest roundup of top stories. More specifically, three of this week’s top five concern government agencies’ use of biometric technology to identify individuals in their charge. Perhaps the biggest story of these concerned a new draft Request for Quote from the US Customs…

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Over half a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now received biometric identity documents, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. Speaking at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic called the biometric identity cards “fraud-proof”, and explained that they have been jointly issued by UNHCR and Bangladeshi…

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is celebrating a major Aadhaar milestone after revealing that the Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AePS) has now been used for more than 200 million transactions. The AePS crossed the 200 million threshold sometime in the past month, with more than 66 million Indian citizens using the service in July…

UNHCR Seeks Help as Biometrics-driven ID Efforts Ramp Up

UNHCR Seeks Help as Biometrics-driven ID Efforts Ramp Up

“The UNHCR has proven to be an enthusiastic proponent of biometric identification in recent years, deploying such technologies in major refugee camps and highlighting its utility in providing displaced individuals with a reliable form of official documentation.” The United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) is looking for some expert assistance in its efforts to establish digital…

ID4Africa: We’re Bringing You Live Biometrics News Coverage Straight From Johannesburg

ID4Africa: We’re Bringing You Live Biometrics News Coverage Straight From Johannesburg

FindBiometrics will be reporting live from ID4Africa next week, delivering breaking news and live audio interviews to keep our global readership informed about what’s happening in one of the world’s most exciting identity markets. Over the past few years, ID4Africa has emerged as one of the identity industry’s most important events. The conference isn’t simply…

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

UNHCR Celebrates Biometric Registration of Over a Quarter of Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugees

“And as the UNHCR has previously outlined, the biometric ID cards themselves can help refugees to access critical services, and can be used for resettlement and potential repatriation.” Well over a quarter million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now been registered for biometric ID cards, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. It’s the latest…

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

UNHCR’s Biometric IDs Help Protect Refugees from Itself

The United Nations’ refugee agency has been vocal about the benefits of biometric identification for those in its charge for years, but recently the organization invoked this technology in its own defense. The UNHCR was responding to an extensive investigative report from NBC alleging widespread corruption at the refugee agency. Usually this involves bribery in…

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