Southern African Development Community countries slowly adopting biometric voting systems

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are slowly adopting a biometric voting system, as the region increases efforts to promote the use of biometric technology to increase the credibility of their electoral process, according to a report by The Southern Times. Previously reported, the Democratic Republic of Congo contracted Gemalto to provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrolment kits to the electoral body for the upcoming elections in November. Along with the DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have

NEC trials facial recognition-based cashless payment, wins award for ticket ID system

NEC Corporation announced it is implementing a series of trials for cashless payment services using its facial recognition technologies at small retail stores inside its head office building in Tokyo. The trials will run until the end of August as a part of the company’s initiatives to apply its biometrics authentication technologies to several different services, including cashless payment, in an effort to improve the reliability and convenience of the identification process. The payment service uses NeoFace facial recognition technologies,

Israel enforcing mandatory biometric database enrollment for citizens in 2017

Israeli Interior Minister Arye Dery announced that it will be mandatory for citizens to enroll in the national biometric database starting in 2017, according to a report by Haaretz The government launched the biometric database’s pilot phase in July 2013, which was supposed to conclude after two years. However, the pilot has since been extended twice — the most recent of which occurred in March, which will see the pilot go through to the end of 2016. “From now on

Home Office Biometrics seeking technology delivery partner for multi-location IT service

The UK’s Home Office has posted a request seeking a technology delivery partner to work with the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Program team to provide a “large, complex program converging IT systems into a cohesive, cost effective, user-centered service”. The HOB program aims to develop a unified, integrated biometric service that is effective, adaptable, efficient, proportionate and lawful. The existing immigration and law enforcement biometrics systems are large, complex IT systems supporting thousands of users and millions of records. Current

Organizations respond to FBI’s call to exempt biometric ID database from privacy laws

Forty-six privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to a group of senators and congressmen, urging their committees to hold oversight hearings to assess the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Next Generation Identification program and their use of biometric data. The letter also called on the committees to require the FBI’s compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and enforce ongoing public reports on the FBI’s use, collection, retention, and disclosure of biometric information. Addressed to Senators

Africa benefits from biometrics as an identifier

This is a guest post by David Gerulski, VP at Integrated Biometrics The recent ID4Africa forum in Kigali, Rwanda was as exciting as it was insightful, with a buzz surrounding new technologies for launching digital ID systems throughout the continent. For mobile biometrics specifically, what is going on in Africa is truly a case of technology rising to meet the demands of a populace. The push for biometrics in Africa accelerated in September 2015, when world leaders adopted the United

The rise of biometrics and identity management in the homeland security enterprise

This is a guest post from the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of making significant financial, organizational and operational investments in biometrics and identity management. Much of this investment has occurred in the past year. In June 2015, DHS issued its Biometrics Strategic Framework, which indicated that the Department will refresh outdated biometric collections systems; centralize access to federal and international biometric databases; improve real-time access from field locations;

FBI has access to 412 million images for facial recognition

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has access to nearly 412 million photographs for the purpose of running facial recognition. The images include both passport and driver’s license photos, along with mug shots. The FBI plans to expand its vast database of photos with the addition of 20 additional states. Currently, the FBI has agreements with seven states to share images. The images are shared under the

Congress votes to form cybersecurity unit with differing biometrics operation plans

The Homeland Security Committee approved a new bill Wednesday by a voice vote to form a new agency within DHS that addresses cybersecurity protection responsibilities, according to a report by Nextgov. The bill calls to transform an existing DHS bureaucracy, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), into an “operational” agency called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency. The new agency is expected to take effect under the next White House administration in 2017. A 2015 bill appointed the DHS

MOSA wins FBI contracts for new biometrics capture devices and solutions

Earlier this week, MOSA Technology Solutions announced that it has been awarded several new contracts valued at $750,000.00 USD by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide a variety of new biometric capture devices and solutions. According to the company website, MOSA’s extensive vendor relationships enables them to provide customers with multiple device and vendor agnostic options for biometric authentication which meet industry-specific and government mandated requirements for security measures. The FBI Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE) Clarksburg, West