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 BiometricUpdate.com, 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

Kenyan government introduces biometric register to eliminate ghost workers from payroll

The Kenyan government has implemented a new initiative that makes it mandatory for all civil servants to have their biometrics registered in an effort to remove “ghost workers” from its payroll, according to a report by the BBC. In an official statement, the government said that all public servants who do not register over the next two week period would no longer be paid. The initiative is designed to curb the thousands of people who the government suspects are still

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced it has launched the eID pilot program, issuing MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million civilians. The program marks the largest rollout of a biometric verification card with an electronic payment solution in Nigeria, as well as the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card is a key part of the NIMC’s mandate to develop, maintain and run Nigeria’s first central national identity database and provide proof of identity

Researchers developing a fingerprint recognition solution to track infants’ vaccinations

A Michigan State University professor is working on a fingerprint recognition method to track the vaccination schedules of infants and toddlers, which will boost immunization coverage and ultimately save the lives of children in developing countries, according to a report by Michigan State University Today. In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded study, Anil Jain and his team are hoping that the new tracking method it has developed will increase vaccination coverage of children in developing countries, where keeping track

Osun State, Nigeria government to issue biometric ID card for public school students

The government of Osun State in Nigeria is issuing a new smart identity card integrated with biometrics to all public school students in the state, according to a report by This Day Live. Launched at the Salvation Army School, Alekuwodo, Oshogbo, the new biometric ID cards support the state government’s initiative to deploy technology to boost the overall planning, allocation of resources and service delivery in the education field. The Osun Smart ID, an initiative of Chams Plc, is linked

Top biometrics news stories, week of August 17

Biometrics Week in Review: Technoglobal acquisition strategy, biometrics for prison management, mobile commerce opportunities, biometrics in banking, South African borders, mass surveillance tested in Boston, US terrorism database, a voice biometrics patent and a special report on mobile biometric authentication. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Fingerprint recognition provider Technoglobal adopts accretive M&A strategy – Technoglobal Inc., a leading Japanese provider of fingerprint authentication technology, is seeking to

$340 million allocated for Aadhaar expansion in Indian budget

According to a recent press report, after an extensive review, India’s new national government has decided to retain and expand Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric database. The Aadhaar program, governed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is currently used to authenticate delivery of social services including school attendance, natural gas subsidies to India’s rural poor, and direct wage payments to bank accounts. The system, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, also provides identification to