About Rawlson King

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.

ID4Africa releases results of its 2017 government ID survey

ID4Africa, the organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa, has released a detailed annual survey of African governments focused on understanding the continent’s identification requirements. The survey found that Africa’s priorities are focused on pragmatically putting in place and operationalizing robust, high coverage identification systems. The survey also found that government priorities seem to be driven by national concerns and not by regional or global considerations. According to

Aadhaar program wins World Bank praise

Paul Romer, Chief Economist at the World Bank, told Bloomberg that India’s Aadhaar scheme is tremendously effective and should be emulated around the world. According to a report by Bloomberg, Romer said: “The system in India is the most sophisticated that I’ve seen. It is the basis for all kinds of connections that involve things like financial transactions. It could be good for the world if this became widely adopted.” While other countries are also looking at similar programs, research

ID4Africa to hold document and credential symposium at Namibia event

ID4Africa has announced that its annual event will feature a special document and credential security symposium. The symposium, entitled “DocSec” will provide a full day program of four sessions, focused on: expert tutorials, credential security printing, security features, ePassports, travel documents, along with sessions focused on combating identity and document fraud. ID4Africa bills itself as a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa. The organization will hold

IDFC Bank moves forward with Aadhaar Pay app

IDFC Bank Ltd. has launched the very first Aadhaar Pay merchant platform and mobile application for Google smartphones. IDFC Bank is an Indian banking company with headquarters in Mumbai that forms part of IDFC, an integrated infrastructure finance company. The digital payment platform allows customers to make retail purchases without having to use plastic cards or mobile phones. Any Indian merchant that utilizes the application can enable their customers to make payments through the provision of only their Aadhaar number

ID4Africa endorses ID principles for sustainable development

ID4Africa recently announced that it has officially endorsed 10 principles on identification that were developed by a consortium of international identity stakeholders led by the World Bank and the Center For Global Development. The 10 principles outline the benefits of identity systems and describes how stakeholders, including governments and other international agencies, can protect against their risks. The principles focus on three concepts: inclusion, design and governance. The organizations endorsing the 10 principles recognize the potential of strengthened identification systems

EAB lobbies EU Parliament to enhance biometric testing

The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) sent a letter to the European Parliament last month requesting legislation to enable easier access to data required for testing biometrics products and systems. The Management Board and Advisory Council of the EAB stated that it believed an “overly restrictive and non-harmonized legal infrastructure hinders the testing of biometric systems and products for large scale settings, even when applying appropriate safeguards.” The letter notes that “due to the lack of proper provisions the owners

Green Bit appoints new Sales VP

Green Bit Americas, Inc., a fast growing biometric fingerprint company, recently announced that it has appointed Nadia Reid as its new vice president for sales and business development. Green Bit designs and produces a complete catalogue of high-end FBI certified fingerprint livescan systems specifically designed for clients in law enforcement and government. The comprehensive livescan product portfolio addresses all applications requiring high quality fingerprint enrollment and identification. Reid will join the company to further develop its growing portfolio of regional

Biometrics Research Group projects $10 billion in mobile biometrics revenue in 2018

Biometrics Research Group, Inc., publisher of BiometricUpdate.com, yesterday released an updated Special Report that provides an overview and synopsis on mobile biometric applications. Mobile biometric applications operate on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, with “apps” utilizing embedded software and sensors to make secure use of those devices and apps more convenient. They do so by enabling the owner of a device to use their biometrics to authenticate their identity as an enhancement or alternative to passwords. The report

Identity Strategy Partners issues statement on Homeland Security RFP

Mark Crego, a partner at Identity Strategy Partners, issued a statement yesterday supporting the modernization of biometric identity management technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his statement, the former chief architect of DHS’s biometric ID system noted that: “[t]he current DHS identity management system was designed to house up to 200 million people’s fingerprints, and support up to 250,000 identification transactions per day. Today the system has over 240 million identities and is conducting over 300,000 transactions

ID4Africa to provide special symposium on financial sector

This year’s ID4Africa conference will offer a mini-symposium on identification in the financial sector focused on both banking applications and payment solutions. The symposium will be held during the three-day ID4Africa event, scheduled for April 26-28, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. ID4Africa bills itself as a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa and the organization holds an annual forum and an exposition on digital identity and associated