Gemalto wins identity document industry award for Finland’s new biometric passport

Gemalto and the National Police Board of Finland together won the Reconnaissance 2017 Award for Best Regional ID Document, reflecting their successful collaboration on the creation of Finland’s latest ePassport and eID card. Reconnaissance is the organizer of the High Security Printing EMEA Conference and publisher of Currency News and ID & Secure Document News. The award promotes the best in security printing, system infrastructure and implementation of a government passport, identity or other security card scheme. The new ePassport

MorphoTrust USA launches electronic ID pilot to combat tax fraud in Alabama

MorphoTrust USA and the Alabama Department of Revenue have launched a new pilot program using MorphoTrust’s electronic ID (eID) to improve security for residents filing state tax refunds during the 2016 filing season. The move comes nearly one year after MorphoTrust USA and the state of Alabama first announced they were teaming up to protect citizens against identity theft and state income tax refund fraud using MorphoTrust’s identity verification solution, eID. Alabama taxpayers who use the MorphoTrust eID to complete

Sri Lanka implements new biometric enrollment process for eID cards

Sri Lanka’s Department of Registration of Persons is aiming to collect the biometrics and biographical information of all citizens by the end of June, in preparation for the issuance of biometric electronic identity cards, according to a report by the Daily Mirror. P. Viyani Gunathilake, general commissioner of the Registration of Persons Department, said the old laminated identity cards were used since 1972. “The NICs used today have been changed at several occasions according to the requirements and special needs

Acuity report forecasts national electronic ID program to surpass $54B from 2016 to 2021

Acuity Market Intelligence released a new research report titled “The Global National eID Industry Report: 2017 Edition“, which forecasts that the global market for national electronic ID (eID) programs will exceed $54 billion in revenues between 2016 to 2021. The report finds that Asia will account for more than 60 percent of all cards issued as the number of countries issuing national eID cards increases from 124 to 136 during the forecast period. Acuity’s report projects that during the forecast

Safran announces 10 million eID cards delivered in Chile

Safran Identity & Security has reached the threshold of 10 million ID cards delivered in the Republic of Chile. 57 percent of the Chilean population now owns electronic identity cards to safeguard their identities and facilitate access to public online services. It is estimated that by 2022 almost all citizens of its 18+ million population will have a secure identity card. Chile is one of over 50 countries in the world who has implemented this type of system. Following a

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