Global Good Fund, Element to develop biometric ID tool for infants and children

Biometric software developer Element Inc. has partnered with the Global Good Fund to develop a smartphone-based, non-touch biometric platform capable of using unique biological identifiers of infants and children to verify their identity. On a global level, nearly one in four children under the age of five are not registered at birth and lack formal identification. The partnership will extend Element’s existing adult identity platform to this age group, enabling health systems to recognize and track health information of patients

European Parliament supports measure to fingerprint asylum seekers from age 6

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Commission has supported a new measure that proposes to lower the fingerprinting age of asylum seekers from 14 to six, according to a report in New Europe. The new measure, which is intended to facilitate children’s reunification with parents, was part of a package of amendments to revamp the Eurodac fingerprint database. In total, the amendments were approved with 35 yes votes, 10 no votes and 8 abstentions. The MEPs also approved several other measures,

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

Disney theme parks now fingerprint scanning children ages 3 and older

In an effort to prevent ticket fraud, Disney is now scanning the fingerprints of all individuals ages three and older before they enter their theme parks and water parks, according to a report by Fortune. The new policy expands on Disney’s existing finger-scanning program, Ticket Tag, which previously scanned all individuals 10 and over before allowing them to enter their parks. The new policy, which began in August, is intended to dissuade people from sharing tickets, according to an individual

Municipalities set up Aadhaar enrollment camps for children under six

Aadhaar enrollment camps for children under six years old were held in various municipalities in India this past weekend. According to a report in The Hindu, the two day camps were set up at various schools, community centers and government buildings, and parents who hadn’t enrolled their children were encouraged to attend. Parents were also told to produce their own Aadhaar cards and the birth certificates of their children at the camp. Just last month it was revealed that more

UKAid to conduct biometrics registration exercise for 3,000 Kenyan schoolchildren

UKAid is supporting the Adolescent Girls Initiative- Kenya (AGI-Kenya) to conduct a biometric registration exercise in which it will register the fingerprints of 3,000 adolescent girls to record their daily attendance, according to a report by All Africa. Implemented by Save the Children, the biometric exercise will use inexpensive biometric technology to identify female students in 60 schools in Wajir County. Students who meet the required 80% school attendance record qualify for a bursary twice a term. The bursary will

California school districts testing iris recognition system for school bus safety

Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency is conducting a pilot program in which it is testing an iris reader recognition solution on its special needs buses. The IRITRANS system will alert the bus driver visibly and audibly if the child passenger is about to get on or off at the wrong bus stop. When the bus reaches the end of its daily route, the driver ends the route on the IRITRANS mobile device. If all students have not exited the bus,

Columbus schools to deploy fingerprint authentication in cafeterias

The Westerville City School District Food Service Department is slowly deploying biometric finger scanning at several of schools throughout the Columbus, Ohio district, according to a report by This Week Community News. The department will first install the fingerprint technology at Blendon Middle, Longfellow Elementary and Pointview Elementary schools, which will cost $3,731 for the three buildings. The new system will enable students to use their fingerprint to access their meal accounts at lunch time instead of swiping their ID

Australian senators call for stricter biometric data storage guidelines

Labor members of Australia’s Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs have released a report that details a number of recommendations to be made to a government bill that, if passed, will grant the immigration department the authority to collect biometric data, according to a report by Computer World. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 intends to combine individual personal identifier collection powers into an overarching discretionary power. It will also enable the immigration department to collect

San Diego school district’s facial recognition pilot program sees backlash

Parents in the Encinitas Union School District have been expressing their concerns regarding a new pilot program that will implement biometric facial recognition software on school-issued iPads to simplify the login process for students, according to a report by 10 News. The backlash comes after San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District recently announced it would introduce the facial recognition software, developed by Virtual Keyring. Jennifer Hamler, one of the student’s parents, has launched a petition protesting the pilot program,