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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.

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

88 percent of India’s population is Aadhaar registered

According to an article in ieNation, 88.2% of India has now has been registered under the Aadhaar biometric identity program. 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 and biometric details of every Indian resident. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have been registered in the Aadhaar

Aadhaar to assume social security status in India

According to an article published in the Financial Express, the Indian government is working towards assigning Aadhaar status similar to Social Security in the United States. 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 and biometric details of every Indian resident. Currently, over 1.1 billion citizens have biometric IDs across India under the scheme. This

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