Secunet acquires eID testing business unit

Secunet is expanding its core expertise in the homeland security area by acquiring a business unit from HJP Consulting, based in Borchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. With this partial transfer of operations, secunet will be taking on experts in electronic identity documents (eID) and bringing on board the test tool GlobalTester, used for examining eIDs, and will continue to develop it. According to a statement announcing the deal, employees from the HJP division will provide expertise in the safeguarding and review of

Safran’s biometric authentication solution for eID FIDO certified

Safran Identity & Security announced that FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance has certified its solution enabling biometric authentication through electronic ID (eID) cards. By providing eID cards compliant with the FIDO standard, Safran helps governments offer citizens more secure access to public or private electronic services (access health services, pay taxes or vote online) and citizens can use their eID card to locally store authentication information, reinforcing personal data protection. The eID cards contain a chip which enables the card

Cameroon security agency uses Gemalto biometric ID cards

Gemalto is supporting the General Delegation for National Security (DGSN) efforts in Cameroon to combat fraud and document counterfeiting with the deployment of Sealys Color in PC for polycarbonate eID cards. The new approach, which is a first in Africa, comprises of laser engraving high resolution color photos into the durable Sealys card body to help the Cameroon government identity its 20 million citizens. Gemalto is also contributing to the country’s identity modernization program with its Coesys enrolment solution, a

ID4Africa reports record-setting attendance

The annual meeting of the ID4Africa Movement, held in May, experienced 93 percent growth in attendance. ID4Africa bills itself as a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa. This year’s event was dedicated to examining the practical requirements necessary to plan and launch successful electronic identity (eID) programs. Delegates from 32 African nations, 22 international development agencies and 80 companies attended. The exhibitor space featuring 60 companies

Sri Lanka introducing biometric passports

According to a report in the Indian Express, the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration will begin to issue biometric passports next year in an effort to to prevent document forgeries. The initiative is taking place under the directions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The existing visa issuance system will be replaced by machine readable visa (MRV) technology in compliance with the Immigrants and Emigrants Act. “Introduction of MRV, which incorporates security features with high

Integrated Biometrics says ID4Africa “exceeded our expectations”

Integrated Biometrics reports a highly successful engagement at the 2016 ID4Africa international forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The three-day event, held in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, was the second annual government meeting of the ID4Africa Movement. ID4Africa bills itself as a multi-stakeholder movement and organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa. The organization’s aim is to share experiences and establish real world best practices that set the correct expectations

Credence ID launches product, partnership at ID4Africa

Credence ID last week announced the launch of its CredenceTAB product at the ID4Africa Forum held in Kigali. CredenceTAB is a full-featured 10-inch mobile biometric and credential reading tablet, that enables rapid registration, verification and authentication of user identities from any location. It combines enrolment-capable biometrics with a complete e-document reading suite for electronic ID verification. CredenceTAB enables police, border control and other authorities to confirm identities on the move, supports highly reliable citizen and voter registration and authentication, and

Nigeria and South Africa confront ID management complexity at ID4Africa

Nigeria and South Africa provided useful insights into how they manage their respective identity programs at the ID4Africa Forum and exposition held last week in Kigali, Rwanda. The three-day event was the second annual government meeting of the ID4Africa Movement. ID4Africa bills itself as a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa. This year’s event was dedicated to examining the practical requirements necessary to plan and launch

Second day of ID4Africa event focused on practical solutions

The ID4Africa Forum held in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, continued to examine electronic identity in Africa on its second and final day of session programming. The main theme for the event revolved around practical methods for developing successful eID schemes. Through a series of workshops on Wednesday, the event allowed government officials from 36 African countries to explore a wide range of issues, including the establishment of foundational identity programs such as national ID and civil registration to functional applications,

Rwanda to introduce new eID card

Rwanda announced on Tuesday at the ID4Africa Forum and exposition in Kigali that it will roll-out an integrated eID card in July. eID is a government-issued document for online and offline identification. The typical electronic identity card has the format of a regular bank card, with printed identity information on the surface, such as personal details and a photograph, as well as an embedded microchip. Rwanda will use an eID card with an embedded 64-kilobyte chip to integrate multiple details,