India to make UIDAI registration mandatory for all Aadhaar authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, is expected to make it mandatory for manufacturers to embed the Aadhaar encryption key into biometric devices using Aadhaar authentication, according to a report by the Business Standard. Although all current Aadhaar-connected mobile devices are STQC certified, embedding UIDAI‘s encryption key into the devices will provide an additional layer of security to the hardware as biometric-based digital payments become more prevalent throughout the country. Amitabh Kant, National

India working to replace cash with biometric e-payment

The chief executive of India’s leading economic development agency told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the country could introduce biometric payments within three years, thereby eliminating the need for cash and typical electronic payment methods, including: automated teller machines, along with debit and credit cards. Amitabh Kant, National Institution for Transforming India, was quoted in a CNN news affiliate report as saying that such now commonplace e-payment methods may be “totally redundant” by 2020. According to

Spice Money launches Aadhaar-enabled payment system

Spice Money, the domestic remittance service from Spice Digital, is now processing payments through the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), according to a report by Medianama. The move follows Spice Digital’s announcement in October that it has been authorized by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to offer AEPS services. The AEPS allows digital payments using the national Aadhaar number and biometric authentication. Users can perform financial transactions on a micro-ATM provided by a bank. At the time, Spice

Indian government calls on vendors to make affordable biometric smartphones

In an effort to more quickly move towards digital cashless economy, the Indian government is calling on local smartphone vendors to develop sub-Rs 2,000 (US$29.36) smartphones with capabilities to “scan for Aadhaar-based financial transactions” and eventually perform digital payments, according to a report by BGR India. The government has singled out Indian smartphone vendors like Micromax, Lava, Intex and Karbonn to develop biometric smartphones that are more affordable for people living in rural and remote areas of the country. “The

IDFC Bank launches Aadhaar Pay for fingerprint-based digital payments

IDFC Bank has launched an app called Aadhaar Pay that is designed to help the millions of Indian citizens without a smartphone to make digital purchases using only their fingerprint, according to a report by Mashable. To offer Aadhaar Pay, merchants throughout the country will be able to download the app on their Android smartphones and attach a fingerprint scanner device. To make payments, consumers simply select their bank name, enter their unique Aadhaar number and scan their fingerprint, which

India airports piloting Aadhaar-based entry authentication

Taking the lead from a successful pilot phase at a Hyderabad, India airport where security officials processed travellers using Aadhaar-based airport entry authentication technology, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports are also planning to implement similar pilot projects next year, according to a report by The Hindu. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad launched a pilot project in 2015 in which travellers had the option of entering their Aadhaar number at a kiosk located at one of the entry gates. The

InFocus to launch smartphone with IriTech iris scanner

InFocus will soon release a new Aadhaar authentication-enabled smartphone equipped with an IriTech iris scanner, in India, according to a report by Business Standard. Priced at under Rs 12,000 (US$178), the device will be made available in early 2017. Following its STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) from the Indian government, InFocus said it plans to launch more Aadhaar-enabled devices in the future. STQC certification authenticates the use of iris recognition devices, designed for biometric authentication purposes as part of

Vendors for iris recognition Aadhaar devices to be enrolled soon

India’s ministry of electronics and information technology has started enrolling vendors for providing iris-based Aadhaar authentication devices to facilitate the government’s e-governance promise and transition towards paperless transactions, according to a report by Infracircle. The National Democratic Alliance government is looking to provide financial services to all citizens through biometric identification through JAM (short for Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) trinity. The Aadhaar-enabled devices captures the people’s personal information as well as their finger and iris imprints for real-time authentication.

Bengaluru airport to incorporate Aadhaar for biometric screening at entry

Bangalore International Airport will soon enable biometrics screening at entry for Indian citizens with an Aadhaar digital identity number in an effort to increase security and efficiency, according to a report by ET Tech. “The process of manual verification of identity is a security concern and a pain point for the consumer. We want to digitize and automate the process to make the entire experience memorable and hassle-free,” said Hari Marar, managing director at BIAL, which operates Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International

Ujjivan to use biometric-enabled ATMs to serve unbanked customers

Indian financial services firm Ujjivan Financial Services announced plans last week to use biometric-enabled ATMs to serve unbanked and underbanked customers, according to a report by The Times of India. Ujjivan is one of 10 entities to receive a small finance bank (SFB) license from the Reserve Bank of India. Financial Software and Systems (FSS) (www.fsstech.com) will be providing its end-to-end “payments in a box” solution for Ujjivan. The new ATMs will provide biometric authentication for customer through fingerprint recognition