Dermalog develops biometric multi-purpose card for Maldives citizens

Maldives Immigration has introduced a new multi-purpose biometric ‘Passport Card’ that can be used as a passport, for payments, a national ID card, a driver’s license, a health card, and an insurance card. Containing a combination of a dual-interface chip for contactless and contact card reading, the biometric card and system is developed by Dermalog and Maldives Immigration. “This is why the cards also contain 10 fingerprints for secure verification,” Gunther Mull, the CEO of Dermalog, said. “Together with Maldives

Brazil bolsters its biometrics-based citizen database

According to a ZDNet report, the Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has been granted access to systems maintained by driver registration body Denatran, including the biographical and biometric data of some 60 million citizens. The Brazilian government is looking to create a single citizen database and unified ID card and has a goal to collect biometric information from 140 million citizens by 2020. TSE is responsible for leading the single biometric database efforts. According to TSE president Gilmar Mendes, the

UIDAI terminates 24 fraudulent apps and websites offering Aadhaar services

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, has shut down 24 fake apps and websites offering Aadhaar-based services by illegally charging users, according to a report by BGR. UIDAI terminated 12 websites and 12 mobile apps available on the Google Play Store, while another 26 illegal websites and apps have also been flagged for deletion. These apps and websites were reportedly charging for services which are otherwise free to the public, such as

Israeli government’s call for mandatory biometric ID system met with backlash

Israeli interior minister Aryeh Deri has called for all Israeli citizens to obtain a mandatory biometric identity card, with their personal information stored on a national digital database, according to a report by The Times of Israel. As detailed in a memorandum, in the next two weeks citizens will be permitted to comment on the new ID system. Following this period, the bill will go to a ministerial committee, and if approved, it will be put to a vote in

Developing countries demonstrate interest in Aadhaar model

According to a recent article published by the Economic Times, the World Bank has approached the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to share its experiences on the implementation of India’s Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with other developing countries. The paper stated that Nigeria was the first country to send a team to India under the World Bank umbrella to study the Aadhaar model. The Economic Times also reported that UIDAI chief executive Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that another team

GBG to acquire IDscan Biometrics and raise up to $33.8m in share placing

Identity intelligence firm GBG has agreed conditionally to acquire identification software provider IDscan Biometrics, and raise up to £25 million (US$33.8 million) through a share placing on AIM. IDscan Biometrics provides software that automates onboarding of customers and employees by simplifying the identity verification and data capture process. The company helps authentication of documents including passports, visas, ID cards, driving licenses, utility bills and work permits while also capturing facial biometrics. The agreement terms consist of £37 million cash on

Illinois to integrate facial recognition for driver’s licenses and ID cards

The State of Illinois will begin integrating facial recognition features this week in its driver’s licenses and identification cards as it gradually moves toward compliance with the federal Real ID law, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said on Tuesday that by the end of July, the state government will now issue a temporary paper license or ID valid for 45 days at the end of the application process at driver’s license

HID Global recognized for mobile driver’s licenses solution

Security Products magazine has selected the HID goID platform for mobile IDs as a winner of the 2016 Govies Award honoring outstanding government security products. HID goID it is an integral part of HID Global’s mobility initiative aimed at transforming the user experience for a more convenient, trusted and secure digital world. The new platform enables driver’s licenses and other citizen IDs to be carried on smartphones that become all-in-one devices for receiving, presenting and authenticating mobile IDs. According to

Kwick High Tech innovation supports massive biometrics programs

Some of the most ambitious biometric regulations in the world are taking place in Pakistan, where the government has determined the best way to deal with high-stakes national issues like fraud and terrorism is through the use of identification authentication technology. As the sixth most populous country in the world, Pakistan is a challenging but very promising market for the companies providing this technology. In Pakistan all new SIM cards must be registered to an individual whose identity is confirmed

India launches new digital payment scheme

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) Ltd. launched its new Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system on Monday. A P Hota, Managing Director & CEO of NPCI told Tech2: “Today a few banks have gone live with UPI, out of 29 banks that had concurred to provide UPI service to their customers. We are confident that several banks will join UPI this year and the number will multiply further. Our focus is in line with the Reserve Bank of India’s vision