India airports piloting Aadhaar-based entry authentication

Taking the lead from a successful pilot phase at a Hyderabad, India airport where security officials processed travellers using Aadhaar-based airport entry authentication technology, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports are also planning to implement similar pilot projects next year, according to a report by The Hindu. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad launched a pilot project in 2015 in which travellers had the option of entering their Aadhaar number at a kiosk located at one of the entry gates. The

Israeli government extends biometric database pilot until February 28

The Knesset has extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that the program will likely be approved, albeit with a few revisions, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. Until now, obtaining a biometric card required citizens to submit their personal photo and a fingerprint to be stored in a national biometric database. After February 28, citizens will have the choice of entering their fingerprint into the database, as the result of significant petitioning by

Israeli government’s call for mandatory biometric ID system met with backlash

Israeli interior minister Aryeh Deri has called for all Israeli citizens to obtain a mandatory biometric identity card, with their personal information stored on a national digital database, according to a report by The Times of Israel. As detailed in a memorandum, in the next two weeks citizens will be permitted to comment on the new ID system. Following this period, the bill will go to a ministerial committee, and if approved, it will be put to a vote in

French watchdog warns government about building biometric database

Following previous policing efforts against Facebook Inc and Google on data privacy, French watchdog organization CNIL is working towards ensuring that the government does not breach the privacy of citizens, according to a report by The Business Times. CNIL president Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin recently warned the French government against building a central database with fingerprints, photos and other personal information of nearly all its citizens. “Fighting terrorism is an undeniable priority and it may call for new tools, but new deployments

Elyctis releases tablet for mobile ID verification

Elyctis has released the ID TAB – 9” series, a new mobile tablet that enables governments and private entities to verify ID documents, ePassports, and ID cards. Designed for both public and private sector needs, government agencies can use ID TAB for border control, driving license read, ID document verification, or verification at issuance, among other situations. In addition, private entities can use the ID TAB for banking KYC (Know Your Customer) records, mobile check-in, SIM registration and many more

Vision-Box, ATEA deploy nationwide integrated biometric enrollment solution for Regitra

Vision-Box in partnership with ATEA have installed a new nationwide integrated biometric enrollment solution for Regitra, the Lithuanian State Enterprise responsible for issuing nearly 200,000 driver licenses per year. ATEA is a leading supplier of IT infrastructure and system integration in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Together, the two company`s deployed a full-fledged, state-of-the-art identity management infrastructure designed to facilitate the enrollment of citizens’ biometric data, improve the quality level of data capture and management, as well as enhance personal

HID Global introduces OSM Multitech citizen ID cards

HID Global has created an Optical Secure Media (OSM) Multitech card that it says is one of the most secure citizen ID cards on the market. The new citizen ID cards feature technologies that have been proven in its customers’ national passport and other government ID programs, including the award-winning Irish Passport Card. “Our OSM cards have set the standard for combining visual, digital and physical security while delivering the highest levels of card durability,” said Rob Haslam, VP and

France unveils plans for ID database containing biometric data of 60M citizens

France unveiled last week plans to build a single, unified identification database containing the biometric data from the passports and identity cards of 60 million citizens, according to a report by Ars Technica UK. The measure went uncontested in the French National Assembly as it was announced on a national holiday by government decree. The proposed database will contain the person’s name, date and place of birth, gender, eye color, height, address, photograph, fingerprints, email address, along with the names,

Israeli government likely to freeze experimental biometric database in December

The Israeli government said that its experimental biometric database will be deleted if the legislation procedures aren’t completed by June 30, 2017, according to a report by Haaretz. The biometric database is likely to be frozen in December, based on a Knesset decision on whether to fully implement it or shut it down, according to the lawmaker heading the committee supervising the project. Knesset member Nissan Slomiansky said the government will make the decision in a few months, adding that

Bengaluru airport to incorporate Aadhaar for biometric screening at entry

Bangalore International Airport will soon enable biometrics screening at entry for Indian citizens with an Aadhaar digital identity number in an effort to increase security and efficiency, according to a report by ET Tech. “The process of manual verification of identity is a security concern and a pain point for the consumer. We want to digitize and automate the process to make the entire experience memorable and hassle-free,” said Hari Marar, managing director at BIAL, which operates Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International