Nearly 200,000 Aadhaar cards stuck in post

Nearly 200,000 Aadhaar cards and smart cards have been piling up across post offices in the region surrounding the western port city Kochi in India. The Postal Department says a shortage of staff is the main cause for backlog, and has been affecting the region for at least three months, according to a report by New Indian Express. The unavailability of Smart Cards has prevented those living in coastal areas including Palluruthy, Chittoor, Kannammali, Kumbalangi, Vypeen and Udayamperoor from accessing

Medbox acquires 50% partnership stake in MedVend

Medbox has announced that it will acquire a 50% partnership stake in MedVend, LLC, a Michigan based bio-tech company that has developed a patented automated medicine dispensing machine used for traditional prescription pharmaceutical dispensing. This deal has involved cash and a restricted stock component, totaling up to US$ 5,150,000. This amount includes a $300,000 capital infusion and additional loans if needed for operating expenses into a jointly controlled new corporation that will operate the business on a going forward basis. Besides infusion capital and

Precise Biometrics to launch Tactivo for Android this year

Precise Biometrics plans to launch its wildly popular Tactivo for Android and other mobile platforms by the end of Q2 this year. Selected partners will have prototype access in May and a mobile toolkit for Android will also be release to app developers during the spring. To expedite this broadening of Precise’s mobile product range, the company has entered into a strategic partnership with Sony Mobile’s consultancy unit in Lund, Sweden. Tactivo is a smart card and fingerprint sensor, originally designed for

Biometric registry for Ayurvedic, Unani doctors in India

Indian Chief minister Jagadish Shettar has recently announced an online biometric registry system for all Ayurvedic and Unani doctors, in an attempt to curb unlicensed medical practice. Reported in the Deccan Herald, this registration system is a Karnataka Ayurveda and Unani Practitioners (KAUP) Board objective. “This initiative should be extended to other forms of medicine also, which will keep the quacks at bay,” Shettar said. According to the report, the online database, which will also have a web portal, will

Fingerprint Cards receives massive order for area sensors

Fingerprint Cards has received an order worth US $3.12 million (SEK 20 M) for its FPC1011F3 area sensor from its distributor in China and Taiwan. The distributor, Hardware & Software Technologies Co. Ltd (HST) has made the order and delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2013. “The timing of this order is in line with the most optimistic forecast we provided in the financial report for the fourth quarter of 2012 and it confirms our number one position in the

Fingerprint Cards enters into placing agreement with Carnegie Investment Bank

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has been growing at an incredible rate. In the last year, the company has made some significant moves and deals, and has now entered into a placing agreement with Carnegie Investment Bank, with regard to newly issued class B shares. FPC intends to pursue one or several new issues through this agreement, with a deviation from the current shareholders’ preferential rights, equal to a maximum of 3 million class B shares at market price. Relative to the current

Next round of smartphones to incorporate biometrics

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that biometrics will become integrated within a wide number of mobile devices in the near future. Integration will be driven by smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung Electronics, which we expect will add both fingerprint and gesture recognition functionality to their mobile devices within the next year. In January, at the Consumer Electronics Show, a Samsung Android phone was demonstrated which included a fingerprint sensor underneath its screen. Developed by Validity, a

Violence erupts along Kenyan coast on election day, while biometric machines cause massive delays

Several people have been killed in Kenya today as attacks against security forces erupted at two polling stations along the country’s coast. Adding to an already arduous election day, failing biometric verification devices have created massive lines of those waiting to vote. Violence and bloodshed started early in the day. A group of 200 separatists, believed to be from the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), set a trap for police in Mombasa, and an AP tally of the violence has found

Major U.S. mobile carrier to begin selling Precise Biometrics Tactivo, places initial order

An unnamed mobile operator, one of the largest in the United States, will begin selling the Precise Biometrics Tactivo in Q1. According to the company, the operator has placed an initial order of 5,000 Tactivo units for delivery this month. The operator, with a significant base of U.S. government and corporate customers, plans to launch and make their Tactivo imitative announcement later in March. “We consider the agreement with this leading Operator, soon to be named, a breakthrough milestone and

BQu TMS launches biometric student attendance system

BQu TMS has announced the launch of its cloud-based biometric Student Attendance Management System (SAMS), designed specifically to support higher education institutions to comply with United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) requirements for managing and documenting student attendance. Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, applicants outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland granted permission to stay in the UK for more than 6 months must now apply for a biometric residence permit. The UKBA has been rolling out biometric resident permits to different visa categories