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Better to Manage Refugees Than Refuse Them: UNHCR

Better to Manage Refugees Than Refuse Them: UNHCR

“It’s an approach that the UNHCR has been working to put into practice around the world, introducing biometric ID programs for refugees in countries like Thailand, South Sudan, and Chad.” It’s better to manage refugees than to refuse them. That’s the argument made by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker…

INTERVIEW: Rich Agostinelli, CEO, Crossmatch

INTERVIEW: Rich Agostinelli, CEO, Crossmatch

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Rich Agostinelli, CEO, Crossmatch. The conversation begins with recognition of the company’s 20th anniversary and an overview of Crossmatch’s efforts to reorganize into two distinct business segments. The interview then goes on to deal with Crossmatch’s involvement in two extremely important vertical markets right now—FinTech and refugee ID programs—before concluding…

UN Refugee Agency Launches New Biometric ID Cards, Mobile App

UN Refugee Agency Launches New Biometric ID Cards, Mobile App

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a new version of its biometric ID card. The card has been rolled out gradually over the past year or so, having expanded from a pilot project in a Malawi refugee camp to further deployments in Thailand and South Sudan. This approach has allowed the…

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

Border Control & National ID Month: 4 National ID Programs And Their Benefits

June is Border Control & National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we are examining the biggest, most ambitious identity tech deployments around the globe as they develop and protect the nations of the world. Last week we looked at the ways that a multimodal approach to border control is best suited to serve the international…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

June is Border Control & National ID Month 2016 at FindBiometrics. All month we will be examining the ins-and-outs of biometric citizen registry and identification—its applications, real life deployments, and how it is shaping the global community—as well as the way biometrics are protecting the borders of the nations they are helping to build. To…

DERMALOG to Highlight Tech’s Role in Refugee Crisis at CeBIT

DERMALOG to Highlight Tech’s Role in Refugee Crisis at CeBIT

The CeBIT IT exhibition is coming up later this week, and DERMALOG plans to take the opportunity to highlight how its technology is being used to help manage Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis. German authorities have been issuing special identity cards to arriving refugees since the end of January, and have gradually been rolling out a…

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…

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: Biometrics and Refugees

National ID Month: Biometrics and Refugees

The Crisis Forced displacement is a global problem born as the result of persecution and conflict. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s 2014 Global Trends report, by the end of last year there were 59.5 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, 19.5 million of which are counted as refugees. To illustrate the…

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…

UN Agency Selects Accenture for Refugee Biometrics Project

UN Agency Selects Accenture for Refugee Biometrics Project

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is moving forward with its plans to use biometric technology to identify and track refugees, and has selected a vendor for the project. Accenture, an international technology services provider, has won out in the competitive tendering process and will oversee the implementation of the technology in a…