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Bhutan District Tests Out Biometric Polling

Bhutan District Tests Out Biometric Polling

A municipal electoral district in Bhutan is testing out biometric voter authentication for an upcoming election. So far officials in the Samdrup Jongkhar dzongkhag administrative district have registered the fingerprints of 247 voters. It’s a move primarily aimed at reducing hassle for voters and ensuring that elections proceed more smoothly. Voters normally need to present special voter…

Smartmatic: The Future of Elections is Digital

Smartmatic: The Future of Elections is Digital

Elections commissions from around the world are increasingly adopting technology to improve election administration. According to expert Robert Cook, Worldwide Business Support Vice-President for Smartmatic, biometrics and the Internet are two of the technologies that are making elections more transparent and efficient. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill spoke to Robert Cook about the work this London-based…

World Bank, Accenture Call for Universal ID

World Bank, Accenture Call for Universal ID

In a new report issued in collaboration with Accenture, the World Bank is calling on governments to work together to implement standardized, cost-effective identity management solutions. A report synopsis notes that about 1.8 billion adults around the world currently lack any kind of official documentation. That can exclude those individuals from access to essential services,…

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National eID card programs are set to encompass half the world population in three years time, according to a report by Acuity Market Intelligence, and biometrics play a key role in said initiatives. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we have been taking an in depth look at this proliferating global market…

TechSci: Government Sector Drives India’s Biometrics Market

TechSci: Government Sector Drives India’s Biometrics Market

India’s biometrics market is in for continued strong growth over the next several years, according to a new report from TechSci Research. It’s expected to grow at an annual rate of 35 percent (CAGR) between 2015 and 2020. The main driver of India’s biometrics market over the last few years has been the government sector,…

Interview: Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO, IriTech

Interview: Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO, IriTech

Peter O’Neill, President of FindBiometrics, recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO of IriTech – an iris biometrics company that will be exhibiting its technologies at the upcoming Global Identity Summit (GIS) in Tampa, and the China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen. The following interview details some of IriTech’s new and upcoming…

News Roundup: A Closer Look At Aadhaar

News Roundup: A Closer Look At Aadhaar

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued National ID Month with a featured look at India’s ambitious Aadhaar program. In the industry news we got our first official look at Apple’s second generation Touch ID on the iPhone 6S, a slew of government biometrics headlines and the usual influx of mobile fingerprint integrations. Here’s a look…

National ID Month: 4 Aspects of Aadhaar

National ID Month: 4 Aspects of Aadhaar

India can boast the most ambitious large scale national ID project in the world. The nation’s’ UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) was created in 2009 to spearhead the Aadhaar number program, which seeks to biometrically register India’s massive population and serve each citizen with a unique 12-digit ID number correlated to their nationally stored…

Saudi Arabia Uses Biometric Identification on Pilgrim Visitors

Saudi Arabia Uses Biometric Identification on Pilgrim Visitors

Saudi Arabia’s biometric border security system is now operational. All adult and adolescent individuals entering the Kingdom now must have their fingerprints scanned for identification in an ambitious project targeting points of entry over land, sea, and air. The system has been deployed for the pilgrimage season as part of a larger securitization effort. Announced…

Comelec Targets Narrow, Biometric Registration Continues

Comelec Targets Narrow, Biometric Registration Continues

Officials with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (or Comelec) are starting to target their messaging on a local level as they seek to register the biometric data of registered voters in anticipation of next year’s national election. Bacolod City’s Comelec registrar, Mavil Majarucon-Sia, has released figures indicating that only two percent of that municipality’s voters…

News Roundup: Welcome To National ID Month

News Roundup: Welcome To National ID Month

Last week at FindBiometrics we welcomed in September by kicking off National ID Month. In the Industry news we saw headlines from around the world in law enforcement, border control, attendance tracking and more, spanning all sorts of modalities. Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in identity management: National ID Month September…

National ID Month: The Primer

National ID Month: The Primer

Among the largest biometrics technology deployments in the world you will find government applications of national ID. Massive biometrics databases, containing citizen biometric data, allowing the countries that employ them to dole out essential services, conduct elections, keep track of visitors and more. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics in which we will be…

Indian City Takes Out Trash with Aadhaar Attendance Tracking

Indian City Takes Out Trash with Aadhaar Attendance Tracking

The Indian city of Vijayawada is implementing biometric time and attendance tracking for some of its municipal workers. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has announced the measure as a response to residents’ complaints that sanitation workers are skipping work while still reporting that it’s done. The system is relying on the Aadhaar national biometric registry of citizens,…

Telecoms Pressure Indian Gov’t to Allow Biometric User Registration

Telecoms Pressure Indian Gov’t to Allow Biometric User Registration

India’s telecommunications operators are pushing government officials to let them use the country’s Aadhaar biometric citizen registry to sign up new subscribers. They argue that it would be a much more efficient and reliable means of enrollment than the current paperwork-ridden process. While the Department of Telecommunications is supportive of the idea, the country’s telecoms…

News Roundup: Fingerprints, Access Control, Identification

News Roundup: Fingerprints, Access Control, Identification

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Education Month to a close with a roundup of August’s featured theme. The industry news, meanwhile, was chock full of the usual big fingerprint headlines, upgrades in access control, a slew of national ID stories and intriguing new research reports. Here is a rundown of last week’s top stories…

India’s Biometrics Market Continues to Surge

India’s Biometrics Market Continues to Surge

Strong growth is anticipated for India’s biometrics market. According to a new report from TechSci Research, the market will grow at an annual rate of 35 percent (CAGR) until the year 2020. The market research company attributes the growth to increasing demand from both the government and the BFSI sectors. The market is also being…

Indian Citizens Can Update Aadhaar Info Online

Indian Citizens Can Update Aadhaar Info Online

Indian authorities are trying to make it easy for citizens to manage their Aadhaar national ID cards. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which oversees the ID card program and its associated biometric citizen registry, is quietly promoting its self-service online updating system. The self-service system lets citizens update information such as home address…

I3 Continues Work Supporting Afghan National Biometrics Program

I3 Continues Work Supporting Afghan National Biometrics Program

Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3), a forensics, biometrics, and technical services firm owned by service disabled veterans, has won a $4.97 million contract to help run and maintain a major biometric identification system in Afghanistan. The Space and Naval Warfare System Center Atlantic contact entails the support of the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and…

HID’s Angola ID Solution a ‘Shining Star’ of GSN Awards

HID’s Angola ID Solution a ‘Shining Star’ of GSN Awards

HID Global has received some prominent recognition in the global security industry: Government Security News (GSN) Magazine has called HID Global’s custom ID solution for the Republic of Angola this year’s Most Notable National ID Card Program in its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards report. The award was assigned to HID Global along with…

UN Refugee Agency Brings Biometric IDs to South Sudan

UN Refugee Agency Brings Biometric IDs to South Sudan

The United Nations’ refugee agency continues to roll outs its new biometric identity cards with a new deployment in South Soudan. In collaboration with the South Soudan Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has distributed 3400 such cards to refugees in the Western Equatoria state in July alone. The…

ECOWAS to Implement Biometric ID Cards

ECOWAS to Implement Biometric ID Cards

Residents in the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, could soon be able to travel between member nations using biometric ID cards. ECOWAS is comprised of Cape Verde, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, The Gambia, Liberia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Togo, Niger, Sierra Leone, Cote d’ Ivoire, Senegal, and Mali. The move was hinted at by…

Credence ID Applauded For Adaptable Approach

Credence ID Applauded For Adaptable Approach

Mobile biometrics developer Credence ID has received fresh accolades from Frost & Sullivan. The growth consultancy has recognized Credence ID with its 2015 Asia-Pacific Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. In giving the award, Frost & Sullivan was keen to point out Credence ID’s focus on low costs and versatility. “The company prides…

Delhi Government Mulls Biometric Attendance for Hospitals

Delhi Government Mulls Biometric Attendance for Hospitals

The Delhi Government in India is considering the implementation of biometric attendance tracking systems in its hospital network. The systems would work with the broader Aadhaar identification system in place in the country. A senior official said the deliberations are the result of “complaints of doctors, nurses and other paramedic staff not reporting for duty on…

India Sticks with Biometric Screening for Visa Applicants

India Sticks with Biometric Screening for Visa Applicants

India’s Home Ministry is going to keep collecting tourists’ biometrics when they apply for visas, and not reduce the practice to be applied only upon tourists’ arrival at the country, as the External Affairs Ministry had requested. Echoing concerns from the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of External Affairs had cautioned that the Immigration, Visa…

Israel Extends Biometric ID Trial Ahead of Scathing Report

Israel Extends Biometric ID Trial Ahead of Scathing Report

Israel is extending the pilot testing phase of an ambitious new biometric identity card program despite serious concerns about its implementation and efficacy. Just hours prior to the publication of a special report on the National Biometric Database program, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom announced that the trial period would be extended another nine months. The…

News Roundup: Novelty, Integration, Innovation

News Roundup: Novelty, Integration, Innovation

Last week at FindBiometrics the news was international in scope, with top stories from India, China, Nigeria, Canada and the U.S. New integrations, new implementations and new inventions kept the biometrics conversation dynamic and exciting as we began Healthcare Month. Novelty and Innovation Biometric facial recognition is finding its way into San Antonio animal shelters…

Morpho Lends Tech to Aadhaar Hackathon

Morpho Lends Tech to Aadhaar Hackathon

India is hosting a two-day hackathon for its Aadhaar program, and Morpho (Safran) is lending a hand. The biometrics company is providing a biometric sensor to help participating developers. Aadhaar is the massive national project to build a biometric citizen registry through which a number of services and activities can be administered. The Aadhaar Hackathon…

IriTech Launches Enterprise Attendance Tracking System

IriTech Launches Enterprise Attendance Tracking System

IriTech’s plan is to start marketing the upgraded system in India, where the company already has a strong presence via contracts with government agencies IriTech has announced a new, enterprise version  of its biometric time and attendance tracking system. Called Time & Attendance Enterprise, it’s an update to the company’s IriShield iris-scanning system. The company…

Interview with Christian Rutigliano of Green Bit

Interview with Christian Rutigliano of Green Bit

Interview with Christian Rutigliano,  International Sales Manager, Green Bit Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, recently had a chance to speak with Christian Rutigliano, the international sales manager of Green Bit, a global fingerprint biometrics company. The conversation begins with an overview of the company’s long and involved history in the fingerprint biometrics market, before going…

Biometric System to Track Teacher Attendance in India

Biometric System to Track Teacher Attendance in India

A major school district in India is implementing a biometric time and attendance tracking system for its teachers, according to an article in The Times of India. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation school board’s decision will affect 134 primary schools with the start of the new school year in June. As with so many time and…

Aadhaar Requirement for Workers Faces Backlash

Aadhaar Requirement for Workers Faces Backlash

India’s federal government has declared that it is now necessary to have an Aadhaar card to apply for jobs through a government employment program, according to an article by Bagish Jha in The Times of India. Now, job-seekers who want to apply via the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) must have the…

Iris Scanning to Help Pensioners in Indian City

Iris Scanning to Help Pensioners in Indian City

Pensioners in the Indian city of Vijayawada who don’t have bank accounts will soon receive their pension payments at their doorsteps, according to a New Indian Express article. The only catch is that those pensioners will need to have their irises scanned for identity authentication purposes. The announcement came from a press conference hosted by the Vijayawada…

IriTech’s Biometric Scanner Bolsters Aadhaar Authentication

IriTech’s Biometric Scanner Bolsters Aadhaar Authentication

A recent  launching event of a biometric iris scanning facility for pension distribution in Andra Pradesh, India, saw Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu demonstrating the IriShield USB MK120U from IriTech. Manufactured by IriTech, which is based in the United States, and made available in Andra Pradesh through the company’s Indian partner Biometronic Technology, the IriShield…

Estonian Voters Cast Ballots Online

Estonian Voters Cast Ballots Online

Estonia has concluded a parliamentary election that saw 30 percent of votes come in online. That marks a 25 percent increase over the last election’s online voting in 2011. The online voting system was developed by Estonian IT firm Cybernetica. In 2014, Smartmatic, a leading election automation company, and Cybernetica co-founded the Centre of Excellence for Internet…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Talking About Voice Biometrics

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Talking About Voice Biometrics

This week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Voice Month with our primer in the featured articles section and the announcement of an upcoming webinar: Voice Biometrics in a Multi-Modal Future. Meanwhile in the industry news section we saw applications of biometrics ranging from the novel to the noble and everywhere in between. Here is how…

Biometric National ID Invoked to Fight Boko Haram

Biometric National ID Invoked to Fight Boko Haram

A national biometric database may aid in the Nigerian government’s fight against Boko Haram, says aviation minister Osita Chicoda. According to journalist Colin Freeman, in an article written for The Telegraph, the Nigerian minister has recently unveiled plans to biometrically register the nation’s entire 173 million population in a database and track their activities from primary school…

Morpho Becomes Sole Supplier of Slovak Republic’s Official Documentation

Morpho Becomes Sole Supplier of Slovak Republic’s Official Documentation

Morpho (Safran) has announced that the Slovak Republic has granted the company a three-year contract to provide driver’s licences. This makes it the sole supplier of all of the country’s official identity documents, from passports to police ID cards. Speaking in a press release, Morpho’s General Manager of Business Unit Europe, Government Identity Solutions, Jacques…

Deadline for Enrolment in Saudi Arabia Biometric Registry Looms

Deadline for Enrolment in Saudi Arabia Biometric Registry Looms

The deadline for enrollment in Saudi Arabia’s biometric citizenship registry is fast approaching, with a media release stressing that all expatriates must provide their fingerprint for their iqama residence permits by January 21st, according to an article in the Business Standard. This is part of a general effort being made by the kingdom to ensure…

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