Irish citizens will require biometric ID card when applying for passports, driver’s licenses

The Irish government will make it mandatory for all citizens to show their public services card (PSC) when applying for a passport and driver’s licence, starting in autumn and 2018, respectively, according to a report by The Irish Times. The identity card was initially launched in 2011 to social welfare recipients, and has since been issued to 2.3 million citizens. The card is supported by a facial recognition database run by the Department of Social Protection. “Given the increase in

Improving African biometrics market boosts Nigerian identity plan

Nigeria’s relationship with biometrics and other vendors working on its National Identity Number (NIN) program has significantly improved, along with the results according to National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Director General and CEO Aliyu Aziz. In an exclusive interview with Biometric Update last month at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia, Aziz said the mix of companies supporting the program has changed since the NIMC began building its national database in 2010. Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the

Australian passport authority developing facial recognition system

The Australian Passport Office is developing in-house a new facial recognition system to keep pace with the country’s two government biometrics initiatives, according to a report by IT News. The passport authority has been using facial recognition and other biometric technology since 2005 when it began using Cognitec Systems software to detect passport fraud. It later expanded on its use of biometrics in 2011, forming a dedicated panel of providers. The Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA) upcoming release of a trusted

Liberian government begins issuance process of national biometric ID card

Liberia has begun the issuance process of its national biometric identification card, which citizens and foreign residents will use to open bank accounts and participate in other processes such as voter registration, according to a report by Front Page Africa. More than 4.5 million people are expected to register and obtain ID cards of citizenship or residence in Liberia. J. Tiah Nagbe, executive director of the National Identification Registry, said that enrollment in the ID card program is mandatory. He

African cross-border and regional identity management schemes reach distribution stage

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently introduced its new fingerprint-embedded Laissez-Passer document at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The travel document for regional development is one of a series of regional projects across the continent with the goal of using digital identity and biometrics to enable cross-border travel. Another such project, the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card, has reached the distribution stage in some countries. While the program is in early stages, it has shown potential to speed border crossing while

Trulioo, Mitek release ID document verification platform with facial comparison

Trulioo has released an ID document verification platform with facial comparison technology to further improve authentication capabilities, which marks the first time a global identity verification provider is offering a combined service through a single solution. The combination of electronic identity verification (eIDV) and ID document verification enables clients to establish the ideal balance of offering consumers a simple onboarding experience while ensuring the enterprise adheres to cross-border Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance requirements. By partnering

Evolving partnerships drive South Africa’s digital identity program

South Africa took a major step toward the use of digital identity to secure the delivery of a variety of government services in 2013, with the introduction of a national smart ID card embedded with fingerprint data. Today the system is progressing toward being used for driver’s licenses, voter registration, and all other social services, Director General of the Department of Home Affairs for South Africa, Mkuseli Apleni, told an audience at ID4Africa 2017 last month. However, it faces an

Delta ID, Indus OS to release Aadhaar-authenticated OS for Indian consumers

Indus OS has partnered with Delta ID to launch the first-ever Aadhaar-authenticated operating system (OS) that uses iris recognition technology, according to a report by The Economic Times. The OS, which comprised of software and hardware, captures the iris-ID biometric information through a dedicated iris scanning camera built into the smartphone. “We look forward to our partnership with Delta ID, the market leaders in iris-based authentication technology, and expect to release the first Aadhaar-authenticated OS this quarter,” said Rakesh Deshmukh,

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

Gemalto wins identity document industry award for Finland’s new biometric passport

Gemalto and the National Police Board of Finland together won the Reconnaissance 2017 Award for Best Regional ID Document, reflecting their successful collaboration on the creation of Finland’s latest ePassport and eID card. Reconnaissance is the organizer of the High Security Printing EMEA Conference and publisher of Currency News and ID & Secure Document News. The award promotes the best in security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other security card scheme. The new ePassport