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,

eID projects in Africa and Latin America drive X Infotech’s expansion

Systems integrator and software developer X Infotech has expanded its presence in Latin America, North and West Africa by engaging new regional representatives. X Infotech is a global provider of software solutions for the issuance, management and verification of identity documents and smart cards. In a statement, the company welcomed Carla Guardia Malaga and Kais Ben Amor to its growing team. Malaga will be responsible for business development in Latin America, and Amor will take care of business development in

Another extension requested for Israel’s biometric database pilot

This past weekend, Israel’s Interior Minister Arye Dery requested another nine-month extension on the country’s biometric database pilot. The pilot was due to wrap up at the end of this month, after already being extended for nine months last June. Just last week, a legal adviser to the Israeli Biometric Database Management Authority acknowledged that the potential for database breaches of the country’s experimental biometric identity database couldn’t be ruled out, but that it was not a pressing concern. Naama

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

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

ID4Africa: 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa

2-4 June 2015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania On 2-4 June 2015, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania, together with APSCA and the Identity Counsel International will host the 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanazania. The theme is “How National eID can Support Social and Economic Development”. This inaugural event under ID4Africa will focus on digital identity (eID) and its applications for driving socio-economic development in Africa;

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

Global eID revenue to reach $54 billion, says Acuity

According to a new study from Acuity Market Intelligence, the global market for national electronic ID (eID) programs will generate US$54 billion in revenues between 2013 to 2018. The firm also estimates that the number of national eID cards in circulation will double from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion during this same time period. “In five years time, half of the world’s population will have a chip-based national eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe,” according to C. Maxine

ABI Research anticipates massive growth in smart card shipments this year

New research from ABI Research forecasts 8.6 billion smart cards to be shipped worldwide in 2013; a combined number spanning all smart card markets. Of the total forecasted shipments, 16 percent are expected to use a contactless interface. ABI attributes most of this growth to the increase in adoption of Government ID, transportation and ticketing and payment card systems. In 2013, ABI forecasts 59% of all contactless deployments will utilize a pure contactless interface, reducing to 38% in 2018. According