Nadra and telecoms struggle to find middle ground on SIM card biometric verification mandate

As the Pakistan government has indicated, those selling SIM cards must now use biometric verification systems to identify their customers, but at present, telecoms and the government are having a hard time finding middle ground on this issue, The International News reports. The biometric verification directive came from the Ministry of the Interior, which ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to stop all cellular mobile operators from selling new SIMS and withhold the stock of SIMS from all sales channels. Verification

Explainer: What is Biometric Identification?

Biometric technologies use physical characteristics, such as voice tone or hand shape, to identify people automatically. Behaviors, such as handwriting style, can also be used by computers in this way. The term “identify” is used here quite loosely. There is actually nothing in your voice, hand shape or any biometric measure to tell the computer your name, age or citizenship. External documents (passport, birth certificate, naturalization papers) or your good word establishing these facts must be supplied at the time

Biometric Research Note: Indonesia most advanced adopter of eID credentials

Implementing a biometrically-enabled identification card in Indonesia, the country with the fourth largest population, has been a vital step in creating a nationwide identification infrastructure which embraces and enhances a number of applications, including e-government, financial projects and social services. As BiometricUpdate.com has previously mentioned, Indonesia committed US$600 million to provide a national identity card to all of its 172 million residents. The Asian nation has introduced a new eID credential to replace all existing identity cards. The cards, entitled

CIC closes funding round

Communication Intelligence Corporation (CIC), a leading supplier of electronic signature solutions and biometric signature verification products, announced a new round of funding on Friday. Following CIC’s 2012 annual meeting held earlier this week, CIC closed an additional $1.1M in cash and converted approximately $3.3M in unsecured promissory notes into shares of preferred stock. As we’ve previously reported, CIC entered into an agreement with an un-named major U.S. financial services leader to integrate the electronic signature capabilities of CIC’s iSign Cloud