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Rawlson O’Neil King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com and is an experienced communications professional, management consultant, trade journalist and author who recently published a book about control and electronic networks and who has written numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals about smart home and building technologies. Follow him @rawlsonking2.

$340 million allocated for Aadhaar expansion in Indian budget

According to a recent press report, after an extensive review, India’s new national government has decided to retain and expand Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric database. The Aadhaar program, governed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is currently used to authenticate delivery of social services including school attendance, natural gas subsidies to India’s rural poor, and direct wage payments to bank accounts. The system, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, also provides identification to

Cross Match to offer biometrics solutions through UK government cloud

Cross Match has just announced the debut of its biometric solutions to enable criminal booking, mobile ID, enrollment and border verification, and identification on the UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore. CloudStore is an online marketplace where suppliers can offer their software, infrastructure or platform “as a service” to the UK public sector via the G-Cloud framework. The G-Cloud framework provides vendors with the opportunity to sell ready-to-deploy services to public sector clients instantly. The G-Cloud framework provides a simplified, streamlined process for

$500 billion spent on intelligence, according to U.S. “black budget”

The United States has spent more than US$500 billion on intelligence since 9/11, an outlay that U.S. officials say has succeeded in its main objective, preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack. This fiscal information, published in intelligent estimates colloquially known as the “black budget”, was revealed for the first time nearly a year ago, through whistle-blower disclosures made by Edward Snowden, which were published by the Washington Post. According to the “black budget”, the United States spent US$80 billion on spy

ievo releases “do it yourself” biometric access control system

ievo recently released a new custom kit which allows its customers to enhance its biometric reader hardware for their unique applications. This allows users to effectively create their very own “do it yourself” biometric access control systems to suit the needs of specific projects. The custom kit gives ievo’s customers the ability to create a personalized biometric access control unit that is suited to their specific needs, without altering the look or design of ievo’s existing series of fingerprint readers.

Global eID revenue to reach $54 billion, says Acuity

According to a new study from Acuity Market Intelligence, the global market for national electronic ID (eID) programs will generate US$54 billion in revenues between 2013 to 2018. The firm also estimates that the number of national eID cards in circulation will double from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion during this same time period. “In five years time, half of the world’s population will have a chip-based national eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe,” according to C. Maxine

U.S. military completes test of biometrics system

The upgraded biometrics database repository at the U.S. Department of Defense, known as DOD ABIS, recently completed an internal test, and will now move on to an operational test, the final testing phase before implementing a fully upgraded system. The Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System (DOD ABIS), is the military’s authoritative biometrics data repository, allowing combatant commanders, DOD agencies, and other federal and international partners to use fingerprint, palm print, iris, and facial data to positively identify known

Canadians oppose online spying bill

A recent opinion poll conducted by Forum Research shows strong opposition to the Canadian government’s proposed online spying legislation. The poll shows that 73 percent of Canadians oppose C-13, with just 15 percent approving, a ratio of nearly 5 to 1 opposed. Bill C-13 would give police new powers to monitor the private data of Canadians. C-13 was tabled as a “cyberbullying” law but also includes clauses to strengthen the power of various government officials to monitor mobile phones and

U.S. spying on ordinary Internet users, Germany

According to a recent report published in the Washington Post, the U.S. intelligence community targets far more ordinary Internet users, both American and foreign, than intended surveillance targets. In the quest to monitor those deemed a threat to the United States, communications intercepted by the National Security Agency (NSA) contain a tremendous amount of data which is not material to security investigations. As a result, the Post claims that “many files, described as useless by security analysts but nonetheless retained,

U.S. opens travel biometrics technology testing center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened its new test facility for biometric identification technology in Landover, Maryland last month. The facility will test a range of biometric devices in a mock airport environment in order to determine the best performing devices. The center is a joint effort between CBP and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to enhance air entry and exit processes. Congress has repeatedly demanded a working biometric exit system since 2007, setting

New startup measures biometrics, crowd analytics at concerts

Renowned entrepreneur and music producer Rana June has launched a new startup called Lightwave which aims to measure biometric data at concerts and other live events. Lightwave aims to record “movement, sound, and excitement” using wearable technology. The firm will collect crowd data using a proprietary bracelet, algorithm and network and interpret it for artists in real-time. The company describes Lightwave as “a new palette” for artists, creatives, and brands to customize live experiences for their audience. In a TechCrunch