Bulgaria to introduce biometric identity cards

Bulgaria’s Deputy Interior Minister Krasimir Tsipov announced this week that the country will soon introduce identity cards containing biometric data that will allow passage through eGates at EU airports. According to a report by the Sofia News Agency, the new ID cards will also include an electronic identification option and will serve as an electronic signature to allow Bulgarian citizens to access online services offered by the state. Last November the government decided to move to a centralized system of

ID4Africa 2016 – The 2nd Annual Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa

ID4Africa 2016 The 2nd Annual Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa May 24-26 2016 Kigali, Rwanda ID4Africa 2016 – The 2nd Annual Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa Following a successful launch in 2015 which brought together over 300 stakeholders in the identity space, ID4Africa 2016 returns as bigger and better than before! The annual forum and expo focuses on digital identity and its application for driving socio-economic development in Africa. It provides a unique opportunity for African

Biometrics research reports roundup: ABI Research, IHS, TrendForce, TechNavio

Several reports addressing various segments of the biometrics market have been released recently, starting with a ABI Research report that forecasts that 2016 will mark the global government ID market’s return to double-digit shipment growth since 2013. The report, which is published as part of ABI’s Smart Card Technologies Service, finds that the market will be led by two eID projects set to commence this year in Japan and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the 2015 to 2016 year-on-year market growth is on

Hungary begins issuing biometric id cards

Earlier this week, Hungary began issuing biometric ID cards that feature fingerprints and electronic signatures and combine personal identification, social security and tax identification information. The new identity cards were introduced by interior ministry state secretary László Tasnádi who commented that the rollout of the eID cards will “open the door to digital public administration”. The new eID card will speed up and simplify public administration for citizens. It will be valid for six years for citizens over the age

X Infotech, Atea provide mobile biometric enrollment solution to Lithuanian Police

Systems integrator and software developer X Infotech announced it recently teamed up with local partner Atea to provide a biometric solution for the mobile enrollment program for the Lithuanian Police. X Infotech and Atea recently won the public procurement organized by the Lithuanian Police, continuing their proven track record in identity management. The companies worked together to deliver the solution that accurately captures and stores biometric data for issuance of various identity documents, such as passports, identity cards and residence

Nigerian government recommends unified biometric data collection and usage

Upon reading a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recommended that government agencies share the biometric data of citizens through a unified collection and usage procedure, according to a report by All Africa. “It will be more cost effective if you work together,” said President Muhammadu Buhari. “It helps even the credibility of the election process, as Nigerians of voting age can be identified easily.” President Buhari questioned the government agencies for

11th Government forum on electronic identity

How National eID Can Support Delivery of Public and Private Sector Services 1-3 December, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh The 11th Government Forum on Electronic Identity, organised by APSCA, is an annual event focused on national electronic identity and its related applications. The forum is Asia’s largest annual meeting for government agencies that issue national electronic identity cards, manage population registers, work with citizens’ electronic identities and facilitate the delivery of eGovernment services and benefits to citizens. In 2015, the theme

China examining eID for its 600 million Internet users

China is examining the introduction of electronic identification in a bid to protect private information and curb Internet fraud. Electronic identification, or eID, is typically 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. eID has been described as more reliable than paper-based ID because it provides more

Explainer: Electronic ID (eID)

An eID card is typically 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. An eID is more reliable than paper-based ID because it provides more data security with built-in privacy features. The use of digital signatures makes it harder or even impossible to make a forged ID

Iran VP calls on ICT Ministry to study electronic ID program

Iran first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri has called on the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) to research the various executive and technical components of a new initiative to implement a nationwide biometric ID program, according to the Tehran Times. The ID program would comprise of a national ID website as well as the issuing of electronic ID cards, according to Khabar Farsi news website. Jahangiri recently met with the ministers of ICT, industry, education, economy, along with vice