Delta ID developing affordable iris sensor units for Aadhaar-enabled smartphones

Delta ID is working on developing more affordable and accurate iris recognition technology for the Indian market to be integrated into smartphones so that they can be used in Aadhaar biometric verification, according to a report by Digit. The company recently held tests at MGNREGA in Telengana, as well as passed the Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) tests by achieving 99 percent accuracy. In January, the Indian government called on local smartphone vendors to develop sub-Rs 2,000 (US$29.36) smartphones

India’s tax department aiming to link bank accounts to Aadhaar by April 30

India’s tax department announced that all individuals who opened a bank account from July 2014 to August 2015 will have to submit know your customer (KYC) details and their Aadhaar number to banks and financial institutions by the end of the month, according to a report by The Times of India. 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

Indian gov’t says it won’t link Aadhaar to national security databases

The Indian government has stated that it will not link its Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with its national intelligence databases. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister of Law and Justice, told the parliament on Monday: “Let me assure the house that Aadhaar’s linking with NATGRID is not there.” 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

India looking to implement Aadhaar-based system for airport check-in

The Indian government has called on IT firm Wipro to develop a plan for implementing Aadhaar-based system to biometrically identify travelers at all airports across the country, according to a report by The Times of India. Wipro is expected to submit the plan by early May, at which point, airports will begin the process of identifying travelers by scanning their thumb biometrics for all for domestic flights. The aviation ministry had been contemplating on the possibility of linking Aadhaar numbers

88 percent of India’s population is Aadhaar registered

According to an article in ieNation, 88.2% of India has now has been registered under the Aadhaar biometric identity program. 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. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have been registered in the Aadhaar

Aadhaar to assume social security status in India

According to an article published in the Financial Express, the Indian government is working towards assigning Aadhaar status similar to Social Security in the United States. 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, over 1.1 billion citizens have biometric IDs across India under the scheme. This

Aadhaar can’t be made compulsory for government welfare programs

The Supreme Court of India said that the government cannot make it compulsory to have an Aadhaar card to receive benefits from government welfare schemes, according to a report by Firstpost. The government, however, cannot be stopped from using Aadhaar in other programs like opening of bank accounts, said the Supreme Court. The decision comes a week after Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, made it mandatory for all devices using Aadhaar authentication

Aadhaar authentication devices will have to comply with new encryption standards

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, will make it mandatory for all devices using Aadhaar authentication to comply with its new encryption standards, according to a report by The Economic Times. The new rule is intended to provide an extra security layer to the hardware as the country transitions to biometrics-based digital payment system. “We have recently come out with new specifications and asked manufacturers and vendors to go for STQC certification as

Aadhaar program wins World Bank praise

Paul Romer, Chief Economist at the World Bank, told Bloomberg that India’s Aadhaar scheme is tremendously effective and should be emulated around the world. According to a report by Bloomberg, Romer said: “The system in India is the most sophisticated that I’ve seen. It is the basis for all kinds of connections that involve things like financial transactions. It could be good for the world if this became widely adopted.” While other countries are also looking at similar programs, research

Biometrics-enabled e-boarding trial completed at Bengaluru airport

An e-boarding pilot, powered by Safran Identity & Security’s MorphoWave touchless biometric technology deployed in a fully operational environment, has been successfully completed at Southern India’s busiest airport, Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (BLR). The process throughput was developed and designed together with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of the BLR Airport, in accordance with the Indian Aviation Security Policies. It is based on real-time biometric authentication of passengers using their Aadhaar ID. Passengers are able to complete