Nigeria piloting Bio-Metrica’s biometric census registration system

Bio-Metrica has deployed its modular, multi-factor biometric census registration system in a pilot project for Nigeria’s upcoming 2018 population census. The Nigerian government has tasked the National Population Commission to perform the 2018 Census using biometrics in an effort to reduce fraud and ensure proper identification of all citizens. Census takers will use Bio-Metrica developed handheld terminals to remotely enroll and verify the identity of citizens, with or without data connectivity, using both fingerprints and facial impressions. All information will

Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

Bipartisan cybersecurity panel issues report recommending stronger authentication

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a bipartisan panel that addresses cybersecurity challenges facing government and industry, issued a new report intended for the next administration that recommends, among other things, that all Internet-based federal government services provided directly to citizens use “appropriately strong authentication.” The 100-page ‘Report On Securing and Growing the Digital Economy’ document includes 16 recommendations and 53 related directives for both the public and private sector. The report identified several key authentication requirements, including that all

Home Office to fund UK police’s joint forensics and biometrics program

The UK’s Home Office announced it will provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and biometrics program, as well as a national data analytics focus, according to a report by Government Computing. The funding, which was allotted in the 2015 Spending Review to help boost law enforcement technology use, will help the projects gain stronger traction for a more collaborative

UAE government adopting facial and iris recognition to identify customers

UAE government departments plan to adopt new biometric verification processes including facial recognition and iris recognition within two years, according to a report in Arabian Business. Currently, residents have to show their Emirates ID at majority of the government departments to complete any transaction. “Iris scans and facial recognition are very important add-ons to our system,” saidf Shukri Al Braiki, director, Emirates Identity Authority. “You use biometrics to ensure that you avoid duplicating a record, which means issuing more than

DHS seeking to install more facial recognition system in airports

The Homeland Security Department is looking to install more cameras for facial recognition in airports throughout the country, according to a report by Next Gov. Customs and Border Protection is seeking sources to provide “mounted facial recognition cameras” to be used in an “airport environment,” according to a solicitation posted on November 15. The cameras would be obtained through a “small business track” on DHS’ indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, FirstSource II. The facial recognition cameras are to be

U.S. government agencies divided on replacing smartcards with multibiometric system

Earlier this year Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen said that the agency is working towards replacing the Common Access Card with an “agile,” multi-factor authentication system in the next two years, according to a report by Secure ID News. Halvorsen said the Common Access Card — a smart card that enables Defense employees to access computer networks and physical facilities — would be replaced by “some combination of behavioral, probably biometric and maybe some personal data information that’s set from

Trump adds biometrics industry veteran to transition team

According to an FCW report, President-elect Donald Trump has named Michael T. Dougherty, currently CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA), as a member of his transition team, with responsibility over the Department of Homeland Security. The transition process, governed by the Presidential Transition Act, ensures the smooth transfer of executive power. Dougherty will provide policy advice to the incoming Trump administration, which has made completing the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, now in pilot project stage, a

Aussie government agencies launch face recognition service

In an effort to cut down on identity theft, three Australian government agencies have together launched a biometric Face Verification Service (FVS), according to a report by The Tech Portal. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have all launched the FVS service. In its initial phase, the new service will share citizenship images, followed by visa, passport, and driver’s license photos. Last year, the

I3 wins $6.25M contract to support the DIA NMEC mission

Ideal Innovations, Inc (I3) wins a $6.25M contract to support the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC). The one year base plus three option years award provides biometric examination services in support of the NMEC’s Document and Media Exploitation mission. “We are pleased to support the DIA NMEC mission with this ground breaking new technology that will provide the Government with a state of the art capability. This contract confirms I3’s leadership position in the area of