Turkey issues new biometric passports as part of EU visa agreement

Turkey will begin issuing new biometric passports in November in accordance with its agreement with the European Union to grant a visa waiver to Turkish citizens, according to a report by Nurriyet Daily News. The new biometric passports feature an embedded microchip that include the holder’s biometric data and fingerprint information, as well as personal information such as the individual’s name, birthplace and passport number, the agency said. The Turkish Police Department finalized the preparations for the new passports on

Veridos will continue to provide ePassport to the Republic of Kosovo

Veridos announced it will continue to provide the Republic of Kosovo with ePassports for the next five years. In addition to providing Kosovo with ePassports, Veridos has been delivering an advanced system solution to personalize the ePassports for the last three years and will continue to do so. Veridos will also oversee data management as well as service and maintenance for the software and hardware infrastructure. “We are very proud that our partnership with the Republic of Kosovo will carry

Safran announces 10 million eID cards delivered in Chile

Safran Identity & Security has reached the threshold of 10 million ID cards delivered in the Republic of Chile. 57 percent of the Chilean population now owns electronic identity cards to safeguard their identities and facilitate access to public online services. It is estimated that by 2022 almost all citizens of its 18+ million population will have a secure identity card. Chile is one of over 50 countries in the world who has implemented this type of system. Following a

Aadhaar program surpasses one billion people registered

NEC Corporation announced that the number of people registered for India’s Aadhaar Program operated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has passed one billion this past April. NEC provides a large-scale biometrics identification system that utilizes fingerprints, face images, and iris images for this national identification system. NEC’s biometrics identification system uses three types of biometric information – fingerprints, face images, and iris images – to prevent people from being registered twice. This system can handle more than

Bangladesh begins issuing biometric national ID cards

The Bangladesh government is issuing national ID cards with biometric details to citizens this week following the inauguration of the Election Commission (EC), according to a report by bdnews24.com. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were among the first to receive their new NID cards with biometric information, along with citizens at Dhaka’s Uttara and Ramna after enrolling their fingerprints and iris impressions at two camps. Chief election commissioner Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmad has commenced the distribution

Microsoft willing to extend Skype for Aadhaar authentication

Microsoft has presented various “case scenarios” to the Indian government on how Skype can be used for identity authentication using Aadhaar. 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, Aadhaar has issued over 900 million Aadhaar numbers, and has enrolled approximately 850 million people, with a goal

Israel’s new national policy ensures fair use of biometric applications

Last week the Israeli government declared a national policy on biometric applications, enabling the fair use of biometric applications, according to a report by iHLS. The policy is designed to ensure a balance between the advantages and risks associated with the use biometric applications, making Israel the first country to implement a national policy regarding biometrics. Ram Walzer, Biometric Applications Commissioner in the Prime Minister’s Office, reported at the annual Secure Identification and Biometrics Conference that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Startups leveraging Aadhaar system to develop database and payment solutions

India’s Aadhaar biometric authentication system has provided the foundation for at least nine startups, which are leveraging the system to develop various technologies including database and payment solutions, according to a report by Live Mint. OnGrid (Handy Online Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), which launched in May, is using Aadhaar-based authentication to check the backgrounds of blue-collar workers and ultimately create a database containing information on employee’s past job records, performance ratings, and salary details. “Blue-collar industry has the highest amount of

Secunet acquires eID testing business unit

Secunet is expanding its core expertise in the homeland security area by acquiring a business unit from HJP Consulting, based in Borchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. With this partial transfer of operations, secunet will be taking on experts in electronic identity documents (eID) and bringing on board the test tool GlobalTester, used for examining eIDs, and will continue to develop it. According to a statement announcing the deal, employees from the HJP division will provide expertise in the safeguarding and review of

Indian government demands Apple, OEMs adopt Aadhaar for mobile devices

India’s government is demanding that Apple open up its mobile devices and operating system to accommodate its Aadhaar biometric database, according to a recently published article in Patently Apple. According to the article, a few weeks ago, Indian government officials invited executives from Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to a meeting to discuss embedding the Aadhaar system into their technology. While all the other firms attend, Apple did not appear. Apple has been noted