Dermalog seeking more biometric ID and security deals in the Philippines

Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH is seeking more opportunities in the Philippines’ identification and security sectors after providing biometric-enabled drivers’ license cards for the country, according to a report by Business Mirror. “We have helped to shape the world of security through our innovations, and we see many areas where the Philippines can benefit from our technology,” Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull said. “From border control systems to e-passports and ID cards, we are ready to support the government.” The company currently

Voice biometrics improving Australian Taxation Office call center service

After launching its voice biometric authentication service in 2014, the Australian Taxation Office has enrolled nearly three million taxpayers for the service to make it one of the most successful initiatives across the federal government, according to a report by IT News. Developed by Nuance to improve the ATO’s call center experience, the service has since expanded to the ATO mobile app, and could ultimately be incorporated into the whole-of-government GovPass identity platform being developed by the Digital Transformation Agency.

Nigeria loses $2b annually to agencies’ duplication of biometrics data collection

A Nigerian information technology expert has revealed that the country’s federal government may be losing $2 billion annually to the duplication of biometric collection by government agencies, according to a report by The Guardian. Jacob Edo, an official of the IT unit of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), said that funds used in the management of biometric infrastructure including the money paid out to consultants may have accumulated to the lump sum. In discussing the proliferation rate of

Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry funding new biometrics R&D

Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Ministry and the National Cyber Bureau’s biometric identification and applications unit have put out a call for proposals for biometric and identification research and development, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The Israeli government will reward each project with NIS 450,000 (US$125,559) for a period of up to three years. The project is designed to advance existing knowledge in the biometrics and identification field, develop applications, and increase the number of researchers and

Biometrics changing the way governments address data security, privacy

Accenture has published a new research report that finds that biometrics and advanced analytics are helping to revolutionize the way governments and public service agencies are addressing data security and privacy concerns. Titled ‘Emerging Technologies in Public Service’, the report explores the adoption of emerging technologies across government agencies including health and social services, policing/justice, revenue, border services, administration and pensions / social security. The report is based on Accenture’s survey of nearly 800 public service technology professionals across nine

Home Office issues $118m biometrics, digitization tender for UK Visas and Immigration

The Home Office has issued a tender for “front end services” including biometrics and the digitization of supporting evidence valued at £91 million (US$118.3 million) on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), according to a report by Kable Government Computing. The length of the the contract is three years, with a built-in option for the Home Office, acting through UKVI to extend the agreement for two additional years. The contracted services include an identity check, the capture of biometrics,

Australian government agency to use BIO-key biometrics technology

An unnamed Australian government agency has selected BIO-key International’s ID Director for Windows software and SideSwipe fingerprint readers to enable fingerprint authentication for agency employees across the country. The agreement marks BIO-key’s first notable contract in Australia, supporting further business development opportunities within government, healthcare, financial, retail, and enterprise markets throughout the nation. The contract was facilitated by BIO-key’s new distribution partner Aquion Pty Ltd, which will establish a local channel to market biometric software and hardware solutions to enterprise

Acquisition to boost HID Global’s secure government ID offerings

HID Global has acquired government ID solutions firm Arjo Systems SAS for an undisclosed amount, expanding HID Global’s capabilities to deploy electronic identification (eID) and ePassport solutions for government programs. “Our acquisition of Arjo Systems significantly advances our Government-to-Citizen ID business, broadening our geographical reach and giving us critical mass,” explained Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “Arjo Systems is a strong fit for HID Global, complementing our existing government ID offerings with an expanded range of capabilities

TMR report forecasts growth in facial recognition market to meet security needs

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled “Facial Recognition Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017–2025,” which details the growing number of applications of facial recognition technology in visual surveillance systems and to corroborate other biometric systems in meeting a range of security needs. The report states how the rapidly emerging real-life applications of facial recognition technology in various areas related to public security is constantly driving growth of the facial recognition

Canada’s government coordinating biometric efforts

Canadian government agencies and police are coordinating the development of their biometric capabilities, according to a report published in Motherboard. Over the last year, Canada’s military, national police, border agency and intelligence establishment have reportedly been sharing information to “foster collaboration between federal departments and agencies that have an interest in biometric technologies and their application”, according to a National Defence spokesperson. The article notes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian