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Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

The Indian government is inviting the world’s mutlinational tech giants to work with it on incorporating its national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, into their devices and services. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, convened a meeting to discuss the idea a few weeks ago, inviting leaders from companies like Apple, Google,…

Other Countries Look to India’s Biometric ID Program

Other Countries Look to India’s Biometric ID Program

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric identity program, is garnering attention from around the world, reports VCCircle. At least, that’s the view of R.S. Sharma, former head of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government body charged with administrating Aadhaar. Now employed as the head of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Sharma continues to be…

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

Airtel and Vodafone have launched new biometric enrollment systems for mobile subscribers in India. They’re linked to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program that is used for an increasing number of authentication applications across the country. Developed in collaboration with Safran Security & Identity (formerly Morpho), Airtel’s system has gone live in its stores in Delhi, and…

Aadhaar Could Disrupt Organ Trafficking

Aadhaar Could Disrupt Organ Trafficking

A healthcare scandal in India involving the underground organ market is pushing some officials to consider how the country’s national ID program could be used to prevent such issues. The incident occurred at Hiranandani Hospital in Maharashtra state. A kidney transplant was arranged between two individuals falsely posing as spouses using a forged marriage certificate.…

Biometric ID Project for Fishing Workers Behind Schedule

Biometric ID Project for Fishing Workers Behind Schedule

A project to equip India’s coastal fishing workers with biometric ID cards is once again facing delays, reports The Times of India. It’s a largely a security effort, with the country’s security forces seeking to prevent potential terror attacks originating from the sea. The idea is to equip all Indian fishing workers with biometric ID…

FIDO Sharpens Focus on India

FIDO Sharpens Focus on India

The FIDO Alliance is sharpening its focus on India. With the support of Persistent Systems, the Data Security Council of India, Egis Technologies, Feitian, Nok Nok Labs, and NXP, the cross-industry consortium recently hosted two half-day seminars in the country, in the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai. In a post on FIDO’s website, the organization’s…

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Authorities in another district council in India are pushing harder to extend biometric attendance tracking for schools in their jurisdiction, reports The Hindu. Last month, district council authorities in Karnataka state introduced an attendance tracking program linked to Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID system. The aim was to improve outcomes for students by ensuring that teachers were accountable…

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach across the country. In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, 95.2 percent of the population either have or are awaiting their Aadhaar numbers, with city officials having made Aadhaar enrollment mandatory. But as the program grows, there’s plenty of other incentive to register;…

Indian Railways Reportedly Preparing Aadhaar-Based Ticketing

Indian Railways Reportedly Preparing Aadhaar-Based Ticketing

India’s Aadhaar biometric ID program continues to broaden its reach into everyday life in the country, with Indian Railways reportedly preparing to use it for passenger ticketing. Sources close to the rail transit organization say that Aadhaar ticketing will first be implemented for reserved tickets, but will eventually be required for all passengers. A customer’s…

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 31 Percent CAGR Between 2016-2021: Report

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 31 Percent CAGR Between 2016-2021: Report

India’s biometrics market will be worth more than three billion dollars by the year 2021, according to a new report from TechSci Research. Entitled “India Biometrics Market By Type, By End Use Sector, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2016-2021”, the report says this growth reflects a CAGR of about 31 percent during the forecast period. Aadhaar is,…

Safran Highlights Benefits of Biometrics in Civil Identity

Safran Highlights Benefits of Biometrics in Civil Identity

Safran Identity & Security is highlighting the benefits of biometric authentication. In a new blog post, the company’s VP of Partnerships and Presales, Digital Security and Authentication, Philippe Le Pape, outlines what biometric authentication is and why it is so important. Proclaiming that biometric identification “is superior to traditional passwords and PIN based methods”, Le…

Indian State Implements Biometric Attendance Tracking for College Faculty

Indian State Implements Biometric Attendance Tracking for College Faculty

“[Assam’s] education department issued a directive ordering that such biometric systems much be active by the end of the summer vacation, on August 1st.” Authorities in Assam, India, have mandated that the state’s colleges must install biometric readers for faculty attendance tracking. While many such devices had been installed as early as 2012, they had by…

NSE Expands Use of 2FA Security

NSE Expands Use of 2FA Security

India’s National Stock Exchange is expanding its adherence to two-factor authentication. The NSE announced last week that its e-IPO web app will implement the security standard starting today, June 20th. The move complements previous security measures including the NSE’s implementation of 2FA security for its negotiated trade platform earlier this month. Launched this January, e-IPO…

Street Vendors Must Register Biometrics in Madurai, India

Street Vendors Must Register Biometrics in Madurai, India

Officials in Madurai, India, are preparing to launch a biometric registration program for the city’s street vendors, reports The Times of India. The move follows an initial survey that found a total of 3,554 vendors across the city, with officials offering those vendors receipts. Starting June 20th, those vendors will have to register their fingerprint…

Indian Bank Expands Biometric ATM Project

Indian Bank Expands Biometric ATM Project

Bengalaru, the capital of India’s Karnataka state, now has its first biometric ATM. The system eschews card-and-PIN customer authentication for fingerprint recognition. It’s an expansion of a program first launched by DCB Bank this April, when the bank started a pilot project at its corporate office in Mumbai. Further deployments soon followed in Odisha and Punjab, and…

Aadhaar Camps Aimed at Enrolling Children

Aadhaar Camps Aimed at Enrolling Children

Government officials are making special efforts to get children enrolled in India’s Aadhaar program. In some areas, authorities are going so far as to set up ‘enrollment camps’ for kids aged six and under. Several such camps were organized this weekend in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, with officials setting up shop in numerous villages…

Samsung Launches Iris Scanning Tablet For Aadhaar Use

Samsung Launches Iris Scanning Tablet For Aadhaar Use

Samsung has launched a new iris scanning tablet specifically designed for use with India’s Aadhaar program. Aadhaar is a national ID project with a biometric registry of citizens at its core. Part of a larger ‘Digital India’ initiative, it’s increasingly being used by government agencies for a range of purposes, from time and attendance tracking…

Tamil Nadu Police to Get Improved Fingerprint Matching Capability

Tamil Nadu Police to Get Improved Fingerprint Matching Capability

Police in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu are about to upgrade their fingerprint identification capabilities. The Tamil Nadu Fingerprint Bureau is preparing to implement version 7 of the Fingerprint Analysis Tracking System, or FACTS, to state police stations. This will connect state police to the country’s Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS),…

Indian Student Hostels Ordered to Implement Biometric Authentication

Indian Student Hostels Ordered to Implement Biometric Authentication

The Social Welfare Department in the Indian city of Kolar is planning to bring biometric authentication to its student hostels. It’s a move aimed primarily at cutting down fraud, responding to recent reports that hostels had inflated their residents’ food needs in order to receive extra subsidies from the government. As such, the hostels have…

Aadhaar Finding Impactful Links to Banking

Aadhaar Finding Impactful Links to Banking

India’s ambitious Aadhaar biometric citizen registry is starting to make some impactful connections with the country’s financial sector. A major new initiative called Unified Payment Interface is leveraging Aadhaar to enable digital banking services for a wide swath of the population. The system has been organized by the country’s banks, and will allow citizens to…

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