India to use Aadhaar to provide universal healthcare

The Indian government plans to use its national Aadhaar biometric database to deploy its newly proposed universal healthcare program. As part of the new national government’s manifesto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised radical reforms in healthcare with the introduction of the “National Health Assurance Mission” (NHAM) scheme. The new program’s goal is to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to every Indian citizen. In order to achieve this goal, the Indian government intends to use Aadhaar as means of identification

South Africa implements NEC biometric ID solution: NEC video case study

NEC recently posted a case study video that details how the South African government implemented the company’s automated fingerprint identification system to replace its previous paper system. South Africa’s Home Affairs Office requires all citizens 16 and older to provide their fingerprints for a nation-issued identification booklet. The ID not only serves as an identification document for the country’s more than 48 million citizens, but is also used to give them access to public services. In the past, the agency

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

This week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database. The FBI Laboratory, along with the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, have said that they are actively collaborating to develop a streamlined approach towards automating DNA collection processes from qualifying “arrestees” and offenders that are in custody during arrest, booking or conviction. The goal of the FBI plan is to integrate “Rapid DNA”

LA County Sheriff’s Department to launch biometric ID system with little discussion

According to a NBC television report produced in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is quietly rolling out a high-tech biometric identification system. The new system that the department will ultimately roll out will be the largest law enforcement repository outside of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and will augment the FBI’s Next Generation Biometric Identification Program. The FBI program adds new biometric modalities, which include voice, iris and facial recognition, to

FBI’s new NGI system leads to faster and more accurate responses

The FBI said that its new biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification, has resulted in faster and more accurate matches in the criminal history record database. Reported earlier this month, the FBI’s biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification, is now in full operational capability phase and replaced the previous repository for fingerprints entitled Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The new biometric identification system has already seen considerable improvements in accuracy rates on queries, which can be attributed to the new

Israel sees drop in registration for biometric ID cards and passports

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics has released new data that shows a significant decline in the number of Israelis who have chosen to be issued biometric ID cards, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Calcalist. In the first six months of 2014 only a third of the ID cards and passports issued by the Ministry of Interior included biometric data. This is a significantly lower rate of adoption than the first six months of 2013, when nearly half

The FBI says its biometric identification database is now fully operational

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division announced its biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification (NGI), is now in full operational capability phase. The agency announced last month that it had digitally converted 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards stored at the CJIS division warehouse in Fairmont, West Virginia in preparation for the transition to the new biometric system. The NGI is estimated to process 55,000 photos a day and is currently on track to digitize 52

Aware discusses new software development kit INQUIRE

In an exclusive interview with, David Benini, Vice President of Marketing at Aware, Inc., provided some insight about INQUIRE, its new software development kit, which it will be debuting at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa. Aware provides biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, and defense. Products include SDKs, applications, mobile, and a middleware platform. They perform biometric autocapture, hardware abstraction, data formatting, workflow, and matching, for fingerprint, face, and iris. What is INQUIRE? INformation QUality and Identity

Aadhaar to be used to issue bank accounts to all Indian households

In a stunning policy reversal, India’s new government is examining new ways to expand Aadhaar, including to issue bank accounts to all Indian households. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power earlier this summer, its leader Narendra Modi had criticized the biometric citizen registry as a “political gimmick” that could not adequately address the control of migrants or national security concerns. There was a common belief that the program, which was closely associated with the Congress Party, would be

Homeland Security could get more than $25M for IDENT biometric system improvements

The Department of Homeland Security could get more than $25 million for improvements to its Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) if a funding bill for fiscal 2015 goes into effect, according to a report by Federal Times. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on DHS first passed Bill S.2534 back in June, but other than that no additional measures have been taken. The bill allocates $249 million for DHS’s Office of Biometric Identity Management, which is part of a greater $47.2 billion