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

NSTIC director Jeremy Grant announces resignation

National Institute of Standards and Technology senior official Jeremy Grant who is best known for spearheading the White House’s initiative to “kill the password” and enhance digital identity management, has announced his resignation, according to a report by Fierce Government IT. “It’s with very mixed feelings that I’m announcing my plans to leave NIST,” wrote Grant in a recent email to members of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, the NIST-funded, public-private organization that strives to implement NSTIC in real world

Credence ID releases handheld biometric platform with enhanced document reading capabilities

Credence ID has launched CredenceOneMRZ, its new handheld solution that authorizes an individual’s identity by using a combination of biometrics and secure document reading capabilities. Credence ID’s Android-based device is designed to rapidly read various smart credentials containing securely encrypted biometric and biographic data. It then verifies the identity of subjects by matching them with a live scan of their fingerprint and/or face. “CredenceOne-MRZ is uniquely positioned to meet the demands of agencies and commercial entities that require handheld document

Interview with Mark DiFraia, MorphoTrust Senior Director of Solutions Strategy

MorphoTrust is working hard to help eliminate the password, according to Mark DiFraia, the firm’s Senior Director of Solutions Strategy. “We recognize that the user walking around today knows that the username and password is not sufficient protection for resources or transactions,” said the MorphoTrust technology executive. Last year, the company was awarded a pilot grant by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create an electronic ID that would allow consumers to access online services with the

secunet wins PKI tender from the Norwegian Police

Secunet has been awarded with a contract in which the Norwegian Police will use secunet’s public key infrastructure as the basis to check electronic travel documents, as well as issue electronic passports and electronic residence permits in the near future. The German IT security solutions provider successfully beat out several other multi-nationals for international tendering procedure, which will see secunet deliver its eID PKI Suite and hardware security modules, configure and install the complete system and service, and maintain it

Nigerian ID card with branded Mastercard logo draws backlash

The Nigerian government’s decision to brand its new electronic national identity card with MasterCard’s logo has drawn a significant backlash among experts in constitutional law and economics, according to the Osun Defender. Previously reported, Nigerian Identity Management Commission recently launched the pilot program of the electronic national identity card, which all Nigerians are required to have by 2019 if they want to vote. MasterCard is providing the prepaid payment functionality for the card, which will provide financial services to the

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced it has launched the eID pilot program, issuing MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million civilians. The program marks the largest rollout of a biometric verification card with an electronic payment solution in Nigeria, as well as the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card is a key part of the NIMC’s mandate to develop, maintain and run Nigeria’s first central national identity database and provide proof of identity

Gemalto ranked first in government and healthcare electronic documents study

Gemalto announced it has been ranked first in ABI Research`s most recent study of the leading suppliers for government and healthcare electronic documents. The company’s top ranking can be attributed to its comprehensive portfolio of platforms and services for governments and citizens, advanced production capabilities and service delivery, and extensive list of references and ability to positively influence the development the government ID market. Runners up were Datacard with 40% of government ID projects and its acquisition of Entrust, ranking

Top biometrics news stories, week of July 13

Biometrics Week in Review: biometric visa for South Africa tourism, FiDELYS smartwatch, VISA Europe considers biometrics, biometric intelligence lab, travel biometrics testing center, Emirates Identity Authority, U.S. military, biometric-based banking solution, voice authentication for call centers and a report on global eID Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. New South African tourism rules require many tourists to obtain biometric visa in person – The South African tourism department