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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…

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…

Northern Indian State Implements Biometric Time & Attendance

Northern Indian State Implements Biometric Time & Attendance

“…its biometric employee tracking system is designed to operate independently of the national ID system.” Government authorities in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have implemented mandatory biometric time and attendance tracking for their own employees. As Greater Kashmir reports, the order has been undertaken “[i]n order to ensure punctuality” in government offices.…

Aadhaar Info Cannot Be Shared With Police: UIDAI

Aadhaar Info Cannot Be Shared With Police: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India has clarified that it cannot share data from the country’s biometric national ID program after the head of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said such information could be used in criminal investigations. Speaking at the 19th All India Conference of Directors of Finger Prints Bureau, the NCRB chief had…

FIDO Establishes Mutual Liaison Relationship with India PKI Forum

FIDO Establishes Mutual Liaison Relationship with India PKI Forum

An important new partnership could help to significantly extend the reach of FIDO Alliance authentication standards in India. The cross-industry consortium has announced that it has established “a mutual liaison relationship” with India PKI Forum, a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Indian Ministry of Information Technology’s Controller of Certifying Authorities agency. IPKI offers…

Facial Recognition for Aadhaar Delayed

Facial Recognition for Aadhaar Delayed

The Unique Identification Authority of India has delayed its implementation of facial recognition support in Aadhaar, the biometric national ID program it oversees. The support for facial recognition was first announced near the start of this year. It’s aimed at facilitating biometric authentication in ‘fusion mode’ – that is, when both a fingerprint scan and…

Vision-Box Sees Aadhaar Opportunities with New Delhi Office

Vision-Box Sees Aadhaar Opportunities with New Delhi Office

Vision-Box will open a new office in India at the end of this month, the company has announced. The office will be located in the Jor Bagh neighbourhood of New Delhi. In a statement announcing the plans, Vision-Box noted that India accounts for over 17 percent of the global population, and that India will be…

UIDAI Lets Citizens Check Aadhaar Update History

UIDAI Lets Citizens Check Aadhaar Update History

Indian citizens can now check their Aadhaar update history online, thanks to a new service from the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI. Aadhaar is, of course, India’s wide-ranging biometric national ID program, used for all kinds of scenarios, from receiving government subsidies to tracking Amazon deliveries. It’s aimed at offering a reliable and…

NEXT Tech Certified for Aadhaar Use

NEXT Tech Certified for Aadhaar Use

“Looking to next steps, the company says it will begin selling its Scallop 3023-U fingerprint readers for Aadhaar projects later this year, and will sell 2023-U sensor modules designed for use in devices like POS terminals in the first half of 2019.” NEXT Biometrics has received STQC certification for its fingerprint sensor technology, paving the…

Vivo X21 Launches in India with In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics

Vivo X21 Launches in India with In-Display Fingerprint Biometrics

“While its in-display fingerprint scanning is probably the X21’s most talked-about feature, the device is noteworthy for offering another relatively novel form of biometric authentication as well – facial recognition.” Vivo officially launched its pioneering X21 smartphone in India today, just about a week after the country’s e-commerce giant Flipkart announced it would be the…

MoneyOnMobile ATMs Replace Card Access With Aadhaar Biometrics

MoneyOnMobile ATMs Replace Card Access With Aadhaar Biometrics

“…a citizen can walk up to an MOM ATM and scan their finger, and then the ATM will match their biometrics to their Aadhaar profile, and any associated bank accounts.” Indian citizens can now withdraw cash from ATMs with a simple fingerprint scan, and no need for a physical banking card. The biometric ATMs come…

Smartphone with Clear ID to Launch in India

Smartphone with Clear ID to Launch in India

The sequel to Vivo’s pioneering X20 Plus UD smartphone is coming to India, with the country’s major retailer Flipkart announcing that it will be exclusive retailer of the Vivo X21. The device maintains the key feature of its predecessor – an in-display fingerprint sensor. Developed by Synaptics, the Clear ID biometric technology allows a fingerprint…

Company Donates Facial Recognition Software To Find India’s Missing Children

Company Donates Facial Recognition Software To Find India’s Missing Children

Missing children in India has reached epidemic levels with approximately 242,938 children going missing between 2012-2017.  To address this crisis, The Delhi High Court has asked the city police to utilize a facial recognition software developed by a foreign company on a trial basis to help trace and rescue missing children, as the government has been…

Amazon Demands Aadhaar Info to Track Lost Packages in India

Amazon Demands Aadhaar Info to Track Lost Packages in India

Amazon is now asking Indian customers to provide their Aadhaar information in order to find lost packages, according to a new BuzzFeed report. Aadhaar is the largest and most ambitious national biometric ID program in the world. It was initially implemented with the aim of extending and simplifying access to government services in India, and…

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Citizens After ‘Proactive Disclosure’ of Aadhaar Information

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Citizens After ‘Proactive Disclosure’ of Aadhaar Information

“…UIDAI has now asked the government agencies concerned to remove the information from their websites.” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is once again seeking to reassure citizens that the country’s Aadhaar biometric ID database is secure. The latest effort comes in the wake of a report that over 200 government websites were displaying…

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…

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…

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