refugee crisis

UN Official Lauds Benefits of Biometrics in Fight Against Statelessness

UN Official Lauds Benefits of Biometrics in Fight Against Statelessness

Biometric identification is helping to combat statelessness in Africa, with a United Nations official lauding such efforts in a recent speech. Speaking at the Regional Ministerial-level Meeting on Statelessness in West Africa, the UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Nigeria Situation, Liz Kpam Ahua, asserted that over a million people…

Biometric Best Practices Key to EU Action Plan on Travel Documents

Biometric Best Practices Key to EU Action Plan on Travel Documents

The European Commission has announced a new Action Plan to improve the security of European travel documents. Among the key recommendations is the exchange of best practices with respect to biometric enrollment – an increasingly popular means of identification as Europe continues to struggle to manage an influx of migrants and refugees. Such exchanges will…

INTERVIEW: Jacky Lecuivre, President, Coppernic

INTERVIEW: Jacky Lecuivre, President, Coppernic

  Coppernic is a France-based company that provides rugged, innovative, versatile and attractive mobile identity solutions for a variety of industries including access control, law enforcement, meter reading, secure documents and more. FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Jacky Lecuivre, president of Coppernic, about the history of his company, the recently launched C-One e-ID solution, and…

Biometrics Year in Review: Biometrics Vs Terrorism

Biometrics Year in Review: Biometrics Vs Terrorism

Last year, the border control markets continued to show promise of rapid growth. Reports from Acuity Market Intelligence painted the picture of a booming ABC eGate and APC kiosk market, and Frost & Sullivan forecasted that airport passenger screening tech is on track to hit $1.63 billion by 2020. A great deal of this growth…

European Commission Urges Italy to Ramp Up Fingerprinting Efforts

European Commission Urges Italy to Ramp Up Fingerprinting Efforts

As Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis continues, the European Commission is asking Italy to improve its collection of newcomers’ fingerprint biometric data. According to a new report, the EC is even telling Italian officials to collect the data by force in situations where migrants’ refuse to submit their fingerprints. Italy has evidently failed to fully comply…

German Officials Deploy Crossmatch Tech at Refugee Centers

German Officials Deploy Crossmatch Tech at Refugee Centers

Biometric identity solutions provider Crossmatch is helping German officials to manage the massive influx of refugees to the country. The company has announced that its technology has been deployed by Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF), Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. More specifically, BAMF is using Crossmatch’s Guardian fingerprint scanners to enrol the biometrics…

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016

Turkey is preparing to issue biometric passports to its citizens as part of an agreement with the European Union. Government officials say they plan to begin printing the new passports in March, and will issue new citizen ID cards at the same time. The move is intended to comply with recent agreements with the European Union,…