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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…

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…

Money2India App Features Biometrics For Convenience

Money2India App Features Biometrics For Convenience

ICICI, India’s biggest private sector bank, has launched a new mobile app for remittance transfers that features biometric security. The app is called Money2India, or M2I, and is aimed at non-resident Indians (NRIs). It’s designed to let users perform money transfers in just a few clicks for frequent transactions, and it also allows for bill…

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…

FPC Sensor Featured on New Micromax Smartphone

FPC Sensor Featured on New Micromax Smartphone

“…in addition to the biometric authentication security offered by FPC’s fingerprint sensor, the smartphone also offers ‘encryption of phone calls, messages, WeChat messages amongst others.’” Fingerprint Cards is celebrating its first sensor integration with an India-based OEM, with Micromax using an FPC1035 sensor in its latest smartphone. In a statement announcing the integration, FPC Business…

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…

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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