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.

Canada’s government coordinating biometric efforts

Canadian government agencies and police are coordinating the development of their biometric capabilities, according to a report published in Motherboard. Over the last year, Canada’s military, national police, border agency and intelligence establishment have reportedly been sharing information to “foster collaboration between federal departments and agencies that have an interest in biometric technologies and their application”, according to a National Defence spokesperson. The article notes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian

Indian government makes biometrics mandatory for e-projects

The Indian government has made biometrics a mandatory consideration for all electronic government projects. In recently issued guidance notes for e-government implementation, consultant procurement and private/public partnerships, the central government has stated that it will encourage RFP applicant contractors to utilize biometric standards. Biometric standards include: fingerprint images, minutiae, face images and iris data. The guidance notes further stated that open source software and APIs are also mandatory, and that proprietary software should only be used in exceptional circumstances. The

Gemalto exec discusses the 3M Identity Management Business acquisition

Earlier this week, Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, announced the closing of the acquisition of 3M’s Identity Management Business after approval by relevant regulatory and antitrust authorities. The 3M Cogent business has been recognized for delivering some of the most fastest, reliable, accurate and sophisticated biometric identification solutions in the world. Gemalto believes their strategic acquisition will round out their government service offerings by adding biometric technologies and more secure document features. 3M’s Identity Management Business will be

Report claims millions of Aadhaar registration and bank numbers compromised

According to the BBC News, a new report published by the Centre for Internet and Society claims that between 130 to 135 million numbers in India’s Aadhaar biometric registry system, and around 100 million bank numbers of pensioners and rural jobs-for-work beneficiaries, have been leaked online by four key government programs. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which

New report on healthcare biometrics released

Biometrics will continue to drive technological transformation within the global healthcare market, according to a new report published by the Biometrics Research Group Inc., the publisher of BiometricUpdate.com. Transformation, according to the report, will be driven by biometric solutions that will provide meaningful cost savings through fraud reduction and increased workplace efficiency. A key objective of these technologies also will be the improvement and expansion of care delivery over the long term. The research firm projects that the entire global

Special Report: Biometrics in Healthcare

This white paper by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides an overview of the healthcare biometrics market (PDF). Biometrics will continue to drive technological transformation within the global healthcare market to provide meaningful cost savings through fraud reduction and increased workplace efficiency, while simultaneously improving and expanding care delivery to patients over the long term. click to download the report (PDF) Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that the entire global marketplace for biometric solutions in the healthcare market will reach approximately

ID4Africa nearing 100 exhibitors

ID4Africa is nearing 100 exhibitors for its upcoming annual flagship event, to be held in Windhoek, Namibia from April 26-28, 2017. The event will provide a comprehensive platform for governments, international development agencies, solution providers and domain experts to exchange ideas and information. The aim of the ID4Africa event will be for governments to advance high-level dialogue, share experiences and examine real world best practices. Last year, the exhibitor space featured 60 companies. This year, featured companies will include: Arjosystems,

Indian gov’t says it won’t link Aadhaar to national security databases

The Indian government has stated that it will not link its Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with its national intelligence databases. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister of Law and Justice, told the parliament on Monday: “Let me assure the house that Aadhaar’s linking with NATGRID is not there.” Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic

China investing heavily into AI

China will boost growth of its artificial intelligence sector over the next three years, through a specific innovation program. Last year, China’s state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, released a blueprint on investing in fundamental innovation in order to make breakthroughs on basic AI core technology. Under the strategy, national government departments will identify supportive fiscal policies for the sector and boost international cooperation. The strategy will involve key projects such as developing intelligent home appliances, smart automobiles,

Swiss research institute involved in U.S. gov’t biometric projects

Idiap Research Institute is working on two major biometric security projects for the U.S. government. Through its Swiss Center for Biometric Research and Testing, the Idiap Research Institute is engaged in the U.S. government’s Odin and MediFor projects. The goal of the Odin program is to develop biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity. Odin is a program administered by the Office of the Director of