Uruguay regulates legal marijuana program with Integrated Biometrics fingerprint scanners

A controversial legal marijuana distribution program is underway in Uruguay, with Integrated Biometrics‘ fingerprint scanners enabling a range of government-imposed limitations, as well as allowing for user anonymity. Planning for the program began in the South American nation of 3.4 million people in 2014, when former President José Mujica singed a bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana, in limited amounts, by Uruguayan citizens. The bill, which gives the government control of every aspect of the marijuana trade from production

Philippines issuing 500k biometric driver’s licenses per month

The Philippines Land Transport Office (LTO) has completed the nationwide launch its new biometric driver’s licenses, which are supplied by Dermalog, and is now issuing 500,000 per month, the company announced Wednesday. The LTO began issuing the first of the new cards, which include 32 security features and fingerprint biometrics, in the Metro Manilla area 3 months ago. “We are happy that the new system is replacing the backlog of the old paper based intermediate driver´s licenses very fast and

UK’s Home Office Biometrics to host supplier event for procurement project

The UK’s Home Office will host an event to share its Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Strategic Central and Bureau Platform (SCBP) procurement strategy with potential suppliers on Tuesday, December 12, to provide insight into its requirements and approach, and judge industry interest. The HOB program currently uses fingerprint, face and DNA verification for crime scene investigation, visa applications, passport applications, border control and counter-terrorism. The Home Office intends to run separate procurement processes for the SCBP’s “matcher/mobile/bureau application & tools”

Biometric exit program could extend to all major U.S. airports in four years

Biometric exit technology could be installed in all major airports across the U.S. within four years, Acting Customs and Border Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told a Senate Finance Committee panel, FCW reports. “Beginning in early 2018, CBP is working to fully scale out air biometric exit and will spend 2018 working with stakeholders to get commitment to deploy biometric exit technology,” McAleenan said. CBP deputy executive assistant commissioner John Wagner said earlier this year that the agency was “out of time”

B.C. government expands use of BIO-key fingerprint authentication solution

The Province of British Columbia is expanding its use of BIO-key’s fingerprint authentication solution, WEB-key. The B.C. government first deployed BIO-key’s technology in 2012 to enable secure self-service access for identity information management and authentication services. Now, BIO-key’s WEB-key solution is being deployed into new areas, leveraging biometric authentication to augment physical access control in a new facility. “By leveraging international standards for biometric data, BIO-key is able to provide the Province with a flexible, secure, and highly scalable platform

9M enrolled in Malawi identity program

Nine million Malawians have been successfully registered in the country’s nationwide identity program using biometric registration kits from Laxton Group. Laxton was awarded the contract by the United Nations Development Program in February 2017. The biometric registration kits were used by National Registration Bureau officers to register new applicants and amend existing records for the nationwide registration campaign. Laxton’s solution included the delivery of 2,000 registration kits, a central biometric record management system, in-country project management, and training of National

NEC announces change in executive leadership, expanded presence in Washington

NEC Corporation of America (NECAM) has named Masahiro Ikeno its new president and CEO. Ikeno previously oversaw activities for all NEC subsidiaries in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his EMEA assignment, Ikeno worked closely with NECAM as VP of the global business unit and general manager of the Americas and EMEA divisions. He also worked in the United States from 1994 to 2002 as director of business planning for the server division. “I look forward to the new

DHS wants to passively scan faces of foreign nationals crossing U.S. border by car

The Homeland Security Department is seeking technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by land, verifying that the individuals entering the country are, in fact, the same ones leaving it, according to a report by Nextgov. On November 14, DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day to solicit solutions that would allow Customs and Border Protection scan individual’s faces. The face recognition technology would work even if the vehicle’s occupants are

African national biometric programs tackle scale challenges

Several African nations at different stages of their biometric registration processes have recently announced new efforts to improve their identity systems. The actions could save millions of dollars for the federal government of Nigeria, provide assurance of fairness and legitimacy for Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections, and Liberia. Nigeria takes on biometric data harmonization Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to work towards the harmonization of biometric data captured for identity programs by myriad different agencies. Rep. Ochiglegor Idagbo

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