ID4Africa advocates for social inclusion through digital identity

ID4Africa describes itself as a movement promoting digital identity as a driver of socio-economic development in Africa. ID4Africa was co-founded by the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) and Identity Counsel International (ICI) to serve as a multi-stakeholder organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital identity in Africa. The aim of ID4Africa is for governments to share experiences and establish real world standards that set the correct expectations for what is involved in launching successful identity programs.

Women and their right to identity

This is a guest post by Anne Bouverot, CEO of Morpho (Safran). We sometimes tend to forget that our identity is a precious commodity. Every day habits which go unnoticed – unlocking our telephone, paying with our bank card or using public transportation – are ways in which we express our legal identities. International Women’s Day offers us the opportunity to reflect upon what we may take for granted in some societies, unfortunately remains a privilege in others. Because possessing

Green Bit biometric technology selected for Jordan’s eID program

Jordan’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has selected Green Bit‘s MultiScan527 palm and fingerprint livescan solution to enroll citizens into the country’s electronic ID program. The biometric technology will be installed in more than a hundred civil status and passport offices where citizens will be registered onto the National Registry. The MultiScan527 is FBI certified in accordance with the FBI’s Appendix F image quality specifications and can acquire 10-prints, rolls and half-palms and supplemental prints as per the FBI

Credence ID CEO to speak about biometric identification at Montgomery Technology Summit

Credence ID announced today that company Co-Founder and CEO, Bruce Hanson, will be presenting at the Montgomery Technology Summit 2016 in March. The Montgomery Technology Summit brings together an invited and global group of entrepreneurs, senior investors and executives to discover the most important innovations in business and technology over two days of presentations, keynotes, panels and salons in Santa Monica, Calif. This year’s summit is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants. “We’re excited to be presenting at the

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