Deep stakeholder engagement marks day 2 of ID4Africa 2017

Day two of ID4Africa 2017 wrapped up with hundreds of delegates from dozens of African nations remaining deep in discussion late into the evening in host city Windhoek, Namibia. The second day of the third annual ID4Africa forum was highlighted by seven information sessions covering a wide range of specific topics in digital identity, as well as a day-long session on document security. Each of the forum’s day two sessions included several speakers, with topics including overcoming ID systems challenges

Identity companies at ID4Africa expo hall embrace Africa’s challenges and opportunity

With approximately 45 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion people without legal identity living in Africa, according to new World Bank statistics, the opportunity for companies in biometrics and the broader identity ecosystem are clear. The challenges are also well known, with lack of electricity, digital infrastructure, political will, and budget, along with other challenges present in different combinations and degrees in each country. Over 90 companies are exhibiting their technical answers to these challenges in the expo hall of

ID4Africa 2017 launches with survey of stakeholder perspectives and impassioned dialogue

ID4Africa 2017 kicked off in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday with the opening of the conference’s exhibit hall and a series of plenary sessions including addresses from Namibian Vice-President the Honorable Dr. Nickey Iyambo, who spoke about the importance of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16:9, which targets universal legal identification by 2030. “My question to my colleagues is: are we going to make that deadline? Quite,” Vice-President Iyambo stated. Vice-President Iyambo told the packed auditorium and numerous representatives of local media

ID4Africa movement grows 68 percent from 2016 to 2017

The number of attendees at ID4Africa’s annual forum has grown by 68 percent CAGR from 2016 to 2017, with growth among all three stakeholder groups, ID4Africa Executive Director Dr. Joseph Atick says. Dr. Atick revealed the growth of the movement and its annual event in remarks during the opening of ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday. “I think there is no better testament to the importance of this gathering, or the viability of this movement, than you being here

ID4Africa 2017 set to continue pan-continental momentum toward universal digital identity

Preparations for the ID4Africa Forum 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia have been successfully completed, with the arrival and registration Tuesday of delegates from over 50 nations and 22 development agencies, as well as booths set up by over 90 vendors and supporting organizations in the exhibition hall. The third annual event of the ID4Africa movement and organization will take place April 26-28, with the theme of “Pathways to Digital Identity,” in support of ID4Africa’s mission and year-round work. ID4Africa was co-founded

Safran awarded ISO 14298 certification for production facility in Brazil

Safran Identity & Security has been awarded the Intergraf ISO 14298 certification for its production facility in Taubaté, Brazil. Intergraf is a not-for-profit organization representing European printing associations. In a company statement, the identity and security solutions provider explains that this certification specifies the highest possible security requirements for certain printing systems, ensuring that the plant uses the most secure set of processes to fight fraud. In 2014, Safran Identity & Security’s plant in the Netherlands was certified by Integraf

Technavio report finds ePassport market to grow 26% CAGR through 2021

Technavio has published a new research report that finds that the global ePassport market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 26 percent during the forecast period. The report, “Global e-Passport Market 2017-2021“, covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global ePassport market for 2017-2021. According to Technavio, some of the factors contributing to the growing preference for multimodal biometrics such as ePassports include the high adoption rate in applications such as border control, not

India’s tax department aiming to link bank accounts to Aadhaar by April 30

India’s tax department announced that all individuals who opened a bank account from July 2014 to August 2015 will have to submit know your customer (KYC) details and their Aadhaar number to banks and financial institutions by the end of the month, according to a report by The Times of India. 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

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