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Major East African Telecom to Implement Biometric SIM Registration

Major East African Telecom to Implement Biometric SIM Registration

A major East African telecom is preparing to implement biometric registration for customers who want to swap SIM cards into new devices. Announcing the plans to media, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore explained that the idea is to curb fraud. One such criminal incident recently led to the arrest of 22 individuals, including Safaricom staffers, according…

Safran Identity & Security to Provide Biometric Tech for Kenya Elections

Safran Identity & Security to Provide Biometric Tech for Kenya Elections

“Over 45,000 MorphoTablet devices will be used to verify voter lists and to authenticate voters using both their photos and fingerprint recognition.” Kenyan authorities have selected Safran Identity & Security to provide biometric technology to be used in this year’s general elections, the company has announced. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission launched its voter…

Kenyan Authorities Seek to Register Voters’ Biometrics Ahead of General Election

Kenyan Authorities Seek to Register Voters’ Biometrics Ahead of General Election

Authorities in Kenya are gearing up for a major biometric election. The country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has launched a month-long effort to get as many eligible voters enrolled as possible ahead of the General Election scheduled for August 8th, with incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga looking to…

Kenya’s GTBank Implements Touch ID Login

Kenya’s GTBank Implements Touch ID Login

Kenya’s GTBank has implemented fingerprint based login on its mobile banking app. The biometric authentication capability comes by way of the Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on Apple’s newest mobile devices. In a statement announcing the move, the bank framed it as a means of improving both user convenience and security, noting that customers are…

MediSmart Biometric Smart Card Solution Expands in East Africa

MediSmart Biometric Smart Card Solution Expands in East Africa

On Track Innovations subsidiary OTI PetroSmart has received a major order of its MediSmart cards from Kenya-based Smart Applications International. The smart cards use fingerprint biometrics to authenticate users’ identities, and are used to enable access to medical services from participating providers, with their NFC capabilities enabling easy and convenient authentication transactions. And given that…

GenKey to Develop Biometric Health Card for Kenya’s NHIF

GenKey to Develop Biometric Health Card for Kenya’s NHIF

Dutch identity solutions provider GenKey is going to provide the technology and support for an ambitious biometric healthcare management system in Kenya, the company has announced. Together with a local partner, GenKey will provide software, hardware, training, and additional support services to the country’s National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). To start, the program will have…

Kenya to Use Biometrics in Distribution of Social Assistance

Kenya to Use Biometrics in Distribution of Social Assistance

The Kenyan government is developing a plan to set up a biometric registry for its social welfare services, according to an AllAfrica article. Various government officials got the ball rolling at the country’s inaugural Social Protection Week convention, which kicked off at the end of January. The idea for biometric registration actual began to take…