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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…

Morpho Celebrates Billionth Aadhaar Enrollment

Morpho Celebrates Billionth Aadhaar Enrollment

“Morpho has been a major a major contributor to the project, offering biometric scanning technologies.” Morpho (Safran) is celebrating a major milestone for India’s Aadhaar project. As of the start of April, the national biometric ID program has now reached a billion citizens. First initiated in 2010, the project was aimed at creating a new national…

New Tablet Designed to Function With Aadhaar

New Tablet Designed to Function With Aadhaar

India-based Datamini has launched a new tablet designed to extend access to financial services. Called the TPOS7 Janunnati Pad, it’s the product of a collaboration between Datamini, Intel, and MAIT, an organization seeking to develop India’s ICT sector. It’s a 7″ tablet compatible with Android and Windows 10 operating systems, and featuring 2GB of RAM, 5MP…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

India’s ruling government is attempting to pass legislation that will leverage the data associated with its Aadhaar program for security purposes. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national citizen ID program, which has now collected the biographic and biometric data of nearly a billion citizens. The program’s initial aim was to make the distribution of…

Indian Gov’t Has Collected Biometrics of Almost a Billion Citizens

Indian Gov’t Has Collected Biometrics of Almost a Billion Citizens

India’s central government says it has collected the biometric data of roughly 990 million citizens through its Aadhaar project. The figure was presented by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a meeting of the Rajya Sabha, or Council of States. Aadhaar is, of course, the pioneering biometric ID project that has sought to link a…

MWC 2016: Morpho To Enjoy Life in a Connected World

MWC 2016: Morpho To Enjoy Life in a Connected World

This year’s Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, and Morpho (Safran) will be on hand with a range of innovative offerings under the umbrella motto of “Enjoying life in a connected world.” In keeping with its strengthened focus on the mobile space, a number of its products to be showcased revolve around mobile tech. In…

Indian State Brings Biometric Attendance Tracking to Hospitals

Indian State Brings Biometric Attendance Tracking to Hospitals

The government of India’s Haryana state is preparing to introduce biometric attendance tracking systems at its district hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Explaining the move to the press, Health Minister Anil Vij asserted that it was intended “to ensure presence of doctors and paramedical staff.” The development reportedly results from recent media reports of a pregnant…

Bovine Biometrics to Help Indian Farmers

Bovine Biometrics to Help Indian Farmers

Surat-based Biomatiques Identification Solutions has developed a retina scanning system for cows. It’s the product of an Andhra Pradesh state initiative aligned with India’s Digital India program, with various regional IT leaders seeking innovative solutions for e-governance and smart cities. Biomatiques’ solution is aimed at farmers, helping them to accurately identify and keep track of their…

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Authorities in Karnataka state, India, are looking to use the country’s Aadhaar cards to ensure that parents do not enroll children in schools outside of their municipal districts. Indian children are currently entitled to free education under the country’s Right to Education (RTE) Act, but they must accept seats in the municipal wards of their primary…

Varam Capital Embraces SayPay Authentication

Varam Capital Embraces SayPay Authentication

SayPay has signed on a new client that aims to use its technology help India’s impoverished. Varam Capital, a micro-loan provider, has announced that it’s going to use SayPay’s technology authenticate electronic transactions. SayPay’s system uses tokenization, voice biometrics, and speech recognition to offer three-factor authentication. For each transaction, it generates a one-time password called a SayPay…

Indian Officials Aim to Equip Coastal Fishing Workers with Biometric IDs by June

Indian Officials Aim to Equip Coastal Fishing Workers with Biometric IDs by June

Indian officials are working to expedite the issuance of biometric identification cards to fishing workers in the country’s coastal states. Comments were made to that effect at a two-day workshop on fisheries technology, where Ashok Kumar Angurana, the ministerial official in charge of animal husbandry, agriculture, and fishing, decried the slow pace of the rollout…

Indian Police District Adopts Biometric Time and Attendance for Staff

Indian Police District Adopts Biometric Time and Attendance for Staff

With Aadhaar leading the way, biometric time and attendance tracking continues its spread through India’s public sector. The district police office (DPO) of Virudhunagar state has announced that it has now implemented such a system for its own ministerial staff. It’s a move aimed at improving administrative efficiency and preventing potential timesheet fraud. Commenting on…

Mahatma Gandhi University Staff Agree to Biometric Attendance Tracking

Mahatma Gandhi University Staff Agree to Biometric Attendance Tracking

India’s Mahatma Gandhi University is going to start testing a biometric time and attendance tracking system for staff starting January 1st. A thorough administrative process has been agreed upon, with the university’s Registrar being at the top of the hierarchy in terms of managing the system, but it isn’t yet clear what modality (or modalities) will…

Morpho to Use Aadhaar To Enroll Airtel Subscribers

Morpho to Use Aadhaar To Enroll Airtel Subscribers

Morpho (Safran) has announced a major new contract to provide a digital onboarding system for Airtel, India’s biggest mobile network operator. What’s more, Morpho will use the Aadhaar national biometric citizen registry to authenticate Airtel subscribers. It’s going to start as a proof of concept initiative in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, but it could expand on…

NPCI to Trial Iris Scanning for Banking

NPCI to Trial Iris Scanning for Banking

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is getting ready to trial iris-based authentication for banking, according to new reports. The pilot project is planned to start next March and conclude in May. It’s a measure aimed at reducing fraud and improving the customer experience, with NPCI CEO AP Hota telling the Economic Times that it…

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

India’s navy is equipping fishermen with biometric identification in an effort to improve coastal security. Speaking to press on Navy Day, Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan explained that the program was implemented in the wake of a 2008 terror attack involving a hijacked fishing vessel. The navy has now established 87 automatic identification stations, which complement…

Subsidized Food Shops in Delhi to Have Biometric Authentication by Next May

Subsidized Food Shops in Delhi to Have Biometric Authentication by Next May

India’s government is planning to bring biometric authentication to its food subsidy system, and Delhi, the nation’s capital, should have it in place next spring. Responding to a question during a session of the national Assembly, Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain explained that the system should be operational in Delhi by May of next year.…

India’s Panjab University to Roll Out Biometric Attendance Tracking

India’s Panjab University to Roll Out Biometric Attendance Tracking

India’s Panjab University will soon introduce a biometric time and attendance tracking system for campus staff, the university’s officials have announced. According to The Indian Express, the system will be based on fingerprint scanning and facial recognition. At its outset, it will only be used to track non-faculty staff, but Panjab University officials have indicated…

European Commission to Require Fingerprint Biometrics of Indian Visitors

European Commission to Require Fingerprint Biometrics of Indian Visitors

The European Commission is about to officially require Indian visitors to Schengen countries to submit biometric data when applying for travel visas. The new requirement will take effect next Monday. The move does not come as a great surprise, having been anticipated since earlier this autumn. Indians interested in visiting the Schengen region – a…

India: Biometric Authentication to Food Welfare Depots

India: Biometric Authentication to Food Welfare Depots

In a bid to crack down on food welfare fraud, India’s Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Dinesh Gundu Rao, is bringing biometric scanning devices to distribution centers. The aim is to authenticate customers using their Aadhaar ID cards to ensure that they are indeed entitled to the food subsidies. Aadhaar is, of…

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