Novateqni completes prototypes of its elections technology

NovaTeqni Corporation recently issued a corporate update in which it reported that over the last year it has completed all prototypes for its line of elections solutions, which can also be modified to be used for biometric identification purposes. With more than 50 international elections taking place in 2018, including nearly 20 elections in Africa alone, NovaTeqni realized that completing the prototypes was a necessary step in order to take advantage of these opportunities. Through its partnership with Paarl Media,

CSIR working on improving biometric ID techniques for minors

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an African research and development organization, is developing a biometric identification system that can obtain biometric data from children with greater accuracy. In a new video, CSIR detailed the Department of Science and Technology-funded, two-year project in which researchers will be collecting ear, iris and fingerprint biometric samples. Using this data, the organization aims to develop a system that can determine or verify the identities of minors throughout their childhood using reference

Advances in biometric technology could expand healthcare coverage in Africa

Advances in biometric technology are on the horizon which could be critical to the delivery of health services to many Africans, an informational session dedicated to healthcare at last month’s ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia heard from a panel of experts. Advances in fingerprinting which allow enrollment of children and even infants, biometrics capabilities in mobile devices, and open database systems are needed for a greater range of health services to be delivered to a greater number of people. ID4Africa’s

Improving African biometrics market boosts Nigerian identity plan

Nigeria’s relationship with biometrics and other vendors working on its National Identity Number (NIN) program has significantly improved, along with the results according to National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Director General and CEO Aliyu Aziz. In an exclusive interview with Biometric Update last month at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia, Aziz said the mix of companies supporting the program has changed since the NIMC began building its national database in 2010. Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the

Liberian government begins issuance process of national biometric ID card

Liberia has begun the issuance process of its national biometric identification card, which citizens and foreign residents will use to open bank accounts and participate in other processes such as voter registration, according to a report by Front Page Africa. More than 4.5 million people are expected to register and obtain ID cards of citizenship or residence in Liberia. J. Tiah Nagbe, executive director of the National Identification Registry, said that enrollment in the ID card program is mandatory. He

African cross-border and regional identity management schemes reach distribution stage

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently introduced its new fingerprint-embedded Laissez-Passer document at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The travel document for regional development is one of a series of regional projects across the continent with the goal of using digital identity and biometrics to enable cross-border travel. Another such project, the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card, has reached the distribution stage in some countries. While the program is in early stages, it has shown potential to speed border crossing while

ID4Africa 2017 wraps up with renewed commitment to digital identity for all Africans

ID4Africa 2017 came to a successful conclusion in Windhoek, Namibia, on Friday with a series of announcements and plenary sessions. A presentation on game-changing innovations for identity in Africa included the announcement by keynote speaker Anil Jain of Michigan State University of breakthrough research findings on fingerprint verification of babies, as well as talks on the potential for delivery of life-enhancing identity services via mobile devices, an open-source CRVS initiative, and the humanitarian case for distributed database technology and blockchains.

Nigeria announced as host country for ID4Africa 2018

Abuja, Nigeria will be host to ID4Africa 2018, organization Executive Chairman Dr. Joseph Atick announced during the final day of ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday. The theme of the event was announced as “Harmonization of Identity Schemes” in response to one of the most frequently debated topics of this year’s forum. ID4Africa is billed as a grass-roots, multi-stakeholder movement in support of the effective and responsible adoption of digital identity systems throughout Africa to empower citizens and facilitate

Deep stakeholder engagement marks day 2 of ID4Africa 2017

Day two of ID4Africa 2017 wrapped up with hundreds of delegates from dozens of African nations remaining deep in discussion late into the evening in host city Windhoek, Namibia. The second day of the third annual ID4Africa forum was highlighted by seven information sessions covering a wide range of specific topics in digital identity, as well as a day-long session on document security. Each of the forum’s day two sessions included several speakers, with topics including overcoming ID systems challenges

Identity companies at ID4Africa expo hall embrace Africa’s challenges and opportunity

With approximately 45 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion people without legal identity living in Africa, according to new World Bank statistics, the opportunity for companies in biometrics and the broader identity ecosystem are clear. The challenges are also well known, with lack of electricity, digital infrastructure, political will, and budget, along with other challenges present in different combinations and degrees in each country. Over 90 companies are exhibiting their technical answers to these challenges in the expo hall of