voter ID

Year in Review 2017: Smartmatic’s Samira Saba on the Rise of Biometric Elections

Year in Review 2017: Smartmatic’s Samira Saba on the Rise of Biometric Elections

Headquartered in London, Smartmatic is a specialist in digital elections technology with offices across the globe. True to form, 2017 saw the company bringing its biometric technology to a diverse range of clients across Sierra Leone, Armenia, Estonia, and Argentina. In her interview with FindBiometrics, Smartmatic Integrated Communications Director Samira Saba starts things off with…

Blockchain-, Biometrics-Based e-Voting Platform Generates VC Excitement

Blockchain-, Biometrics-Based e-Voting Platform Generates VC Excitement

A startup developing an electronic voting platform based on biometrics and blockchain has received some considerable backing in venture capital. Boston-based Voatz has announced that it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding from an investment round led by Medici Ventures with contributions from Oakhouse Partners and the Urban Innovation Fund. The Voatz platform is…

Stakeholders Celebrate Success of Biometric Election in Somaliland

Stakeholders Celebrate Success of Biometric Election in Somaliland

“In addition to being effective, Iris ID’s technology was also found to be highly efficient.” Various stakeholders are celebrating the successful use of iris recognition technology in Somaliland’s recent presidential election. Authorities used technology provided by Iris ID to register voters ahead of the November election, and to weed out duplicates. Now, Somaliland Press reports…

Elyctis Tech Supports Latest Kyrgyzstan Election

Elyctis Tech Supports Latest Kyrgyzstan Election

Kyrgyzstan has just concluded another biometric election, and Elyctis technology played a crucial role, the company has announced. More than 5,000 Elyctis ID BOX One readers were deployed at polling stations across the country for last month’s presidential election. The devices are designed to automatically read data from voter ID documents, and to compare it…

Government Applications Month: The Primer

Government Applications Month: The Primer

September is Government Applications Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the identity management and strong authentication technologies that keep modern society secure, convenient, and safe. From military ID and physical access control, to border security, law enforcement and next-gen voting, biometric technology has become a key component of the…

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…

Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

“Biometric authentication was performed using Safran’s MorphoTablets, 30,000 of which have been supplied to Ivory Coast’s Independent Electoral Commission over the past two years.” Safran Identity & Security technology played a critical role in recent biometric votes in Ivory Coast, the company has revealed. Authorities used Safran’s technology to register the biometrics of 6.3 million…

Biometric Election Tech Shipment Offers Reassurance in Sierra Leone

Biometric Election Tech Shipment Offers Reassurance in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone government has received a large shipment of biometric registration kits. The shipment arrived on Thursday of this week, with Minister of Internal Affairs Alfred Palo Conteh asserting that it “will send a clear and strong message to the general public that the 2018 general elections will surely take place” – a poignant…

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…

Mexico Sticks with Safran for Voter Authentication

The National Electoral Institute of Mexico, or INE, is sticking with Safran Identity & Security for its biometric voter authentication needs. The organizations have worked together since 2005, with Safran’s most recent contract having seen the INE’s biometric authentication system to allow for 10-fingerprint matching. Now, it’s seeking to upgrade the system, with Safran suggesting…

News Roundup: Meet Us At Money20/20

News Roundup: Meet Us At Money20/20

Last week at FindBiometrics we previewed what to expect at this week’s massive FinTech show, Money20/20. Meanwhile, the headlines were filled with fingerprint biometrics integrations, mobile eye-scanning technology, and even some controversy regarding biometrics and privacy. Here’s a look back on last week’s top biometrics news stories. Preparing For Money20/20 This week we are in…

TIVI System Uses Selfies for Online Voting

TIVI System Uses Selfies for Online Voting

Smartmatic has unveiled a new online voting system based on biometric authentication. Called TIVI, the system essentially verifies voters via selfie, allowing them to cast their ballots online from the comfort of their own homes. A voter needs only to upload an image of her face to the system prior to voting, and then facial…

Photo Contest Illustrates Democratic Ideals of Recent Philippines Election

Photo Contest Illustrates Democratic Ideals of Recent Philippines Election

Smartmatic has announced the winners of its Transparency 2016 Election Photo Contest. Organized in partnership with the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, the contest highlighted the civil spirit animating the Philippines’ recent general elections, with Jijo de Guzman’s grand prize-winning photo depicting a Catholic nun voting alongside a woman in traditional Muslim garb. De Guzman won…

Philippines Election Authorities Put Biometric System to Use

Philippines Election Authorities Put Biometric System to Use

“Much of the biometric data was collected during an intensive campaign last year ahead of its national election…” Election authorities in the Philippines are taking advantage of the country’s new biometric voter registration system to ensure that upcoming polling is fair and free of fraud. Ahead of the Philippines’ district and youth council elections, the…

UNDP Helps Fund Zimbabwe’s Biometric Voter Registration Program

UNDP Helps Fund Zimbabwe’s Biometric Voter Registration Program

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is going ahead with a plan for biometric voter registration for the country’s 2018 elections. The ZEC first announced it was considering the idea near the start of this year, with a spokesperson pointing to examples of biometric polling in Kenya and Ghana. Now, it has secured $50 million in finding…

No Extension for This Year’s Election Registrations: Comelec

No Extension for This Year’s Election Registrations: Comelec

The head of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections says there will be no extension of the voter registration period ahead of the October 31st district and youth council elections, reports GMA News Online. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista explained that an extension of the registration period would interfere with the organization’s election preparations, adding, “We still…

Comelec Pushes On With Biometric Registration Ahead Of New Round Of Elections

Comelec Pushes On With Biometric Registration Ahead Of New Round Of Elections

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is forging ahead with its biometric polling efforts with a new round of elections underway. These are the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections—referring essentially to small districts and youth councils, respectively. As Sun.Star Baguio reports, the elections are scheduled for October 31st with voter registration having opened last week.…

News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Cold Cases, Controversy

News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Cold Cases, Controversy

Last week at FindBiometrics we looked back on the trends we observed at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai while bringing you two interviews with industry leading experts. The industry news was filled with headlines concerning national ID, mobile fingerprint biometrics, and voice controlled smart glasses, as controversy was brewing in the law enforcement space. Here…

Gemalto Selected for Biometric Voter Enrollment in DRC

Gemalto Selected for Biometric Voter Enrollment in DRC

CENI, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s election commission, has chosen Gemalto to provide the biometric enrollment technology for its next election. The deal will see Gemalto provide 22,000 mobile voter enrollment kits, with Gemalto’s Coesys Mobile Enrollment stations being deployed at 18,000 enrollment centers across the country. In an effort to update the country’s national register…

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