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Apple Patent Describes Biometrically Secured Mobile Passports

Apple Patent Describes Biometrically Secured Mobile Passports

A new Apple patent suggests the company is considering the idea of letting users put their passports into their virtual Apple wallets. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed on March 30th, and describes a system in which an electronic device could import credential data from an official piece of ID such as a passport…

Philippine Authorities to Pilot Biometric ID by Year’s End

Philippine Authorities to Pilot Biometric ID by Year’s End

Government authorities in the Philippines are proceeding in their effort to establish a national biometric ID program, with plans to begin issuance in Metro Manila and the Calabarzon region by the year’s end. Announcing the developments in a CNN Philippines interview, Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles referred to these municipal zones as “pilot areas” for…

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…

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…

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…

Belarusian Authorities Award Biometric ID Contract

Belarusian Authorities Award Biometric ID Contract

Belarus will soon begin issuing new ID cards and biometric passports thanks to a contract awarded to China-based ID solutions provider Emperor Tech and Latvian eID software specialist X Infotech. The companies have been selected to deliver both hardware and software for new ID programs to RUE Cryptotech, a state company overseen by the Belarus…

UIDAI On the Defensive Again Amid Aadhaar Fraud Claims

UIDAI On the Defensive Again Amid Aadhaar Fraud Claims

“This isn’t the first time the UIDAI has sought to publicly defend itself against allegations that it is mishandling or not adequately securing the Aadhaar database, which is now used to authenticate Indian citizens across a wide range of scenarios.” The Unique Identification Authority of India is once again defending its administration of the country’s…

European Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprint Data for EU ID Cards

European Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprint Data for EU ID Cards

“Like other recent EU regulations including the GDPR and PSD2 requirements, the proposed regulation could be a boon to the region’s biometrics industry, both by establishing a need for compliance solutions, and by strengthening the ties between biometrics and official documentation.” The European Commission has issued a new set of proposals aimed at bolstering security…

UIDAI Reminds Government to Serve Citizens Even When Aadhaar Authentication Fails

UIDAI Reminds Government to Serve Citizens Even When Aadhaar Authentication Fails

The Unique Identification Authority of India is urgently reminding government service providers that they are obligated to serve citizens even when those citizens aren’t able to present credentials with Aadhaar, the national biometric ID program that the UIDAI administrates. In a public statement, the UIDAI says it has taken note of “media reports that some…

HID Global Provides ePassport Solution for Tanzania

HID Global Provides ePassport Solution for Tanzania

HID Global is lending a hand in the digital transformation of Tanzania’s citizen ID and border control programs. The company has revealed that it is the primary supplier of the country’s new electronic passports. The announcement comes in the same week as the news that Vision-Box biometric border screening technology is now being used at…

Entrust Datacard Lends a Hand in Ghana eID Project

Entrust Datacard Lends a Hand in Ghana eID Project

“The new citizen ID cards feature both embedded chip technology and biometric support, and are expected to be issued to 16 million citizens this month.” Entrust Datacard is helping the government of Ghana to roll out its first biometric electronic ID cards for citizens. The company has been working with domestic partner Identity Management Systems…

Biometric Driver Licenses See Mass Issuance in Philippines

Biometric Driver Licenses See Mass Issuance in Philippines

With the nationwide launch of a new biometric driver’s license program complete, the Philippines’ Land Transport Office is now issuing half a million such ID documents per month. The project was first unveiled three months ago, when Germany-based Dermalog announced that it had been selected to provide the technology for the program. Each document features…

Aadhaar-Style Biometric ID Program Begins to Take Shape in Philippines

Aadhaar-Style Biometric ID Program Begins to Take Shape in Philippines

A national ID program similar to India’s biometric Aadhaar program may be starting to take shape in the Philippines. The idea behind such a program first emerged in the country this past summer, when the Department of Finance set aside 2 billion PHP for a national ID program incorporating biometric data, a program that was…

NEXT Biometrics Has Shipped 3 Million Fingerprint Sensors

NEXT Biometrics Has Shipped 3 Million Fingerprint Sensors

NEXT Biometrics is celebrating a major milestone with its announcement this week that it has now shipped three million fingerprint sensors in total. In a statement, NEXT CEO Ritu Favre said the achievement helps to demonstrate “NEXT’s ability to mass produce high quality, mass market robust sensors at what has become very high yield rates.”…

IDEMIA to Upgrade Colombian Identity Program

IDEMIA to Upgrade Colombian Identity Program

The Colombian government has contracted IDEMIA to upgrade its civil identity program, the latter has announced. It’s a continuation of a longstanding relationship. In a statement announcing the new contract with the National Civil Registry of Colombia (Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil de Colombia, or RNEC), IDEMIA asserted that it “has worked with the RNEC…

Maldives’ New Biometric ID Combines Passport, Driver License, Payment Card, and More

Maldives’ New Biometric ID Combines Passport, Driver License, Payment Card, and More

The Maldives government has just introduced a pioneering new biometric citizen ID card built on Dermalog technology. The new Passport Card’s name is somewhat misleading. While the card does indeed act as an electronic passport, it’s also a driver’s license, a health card, an insurance document, and a payment card, complete with Mastercard support enabling…

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