Algeria begins issuing biometric national identity cards this month

Algeria’s Council of Ministers, chaired by President Bouteflika, recently released a statement that the Algeria biometric national identity card will start being issued this month. The biometric identity card will include a national identification number for each citizen and will encourage the modernization of government services and promotion of electronic administration across the country as all public services “would be digitized and would become accessible to users, administrations and companies,” said the statement. President Bouteflika also encouraged the use of

Australian govt says national facial biometric system will maintain privacy safeguards

A preliminary privacy impact assessment of the federal government’s plan to establish a National Facial Biometric Matching Capability (NFBMC) signals that the system will maintain strong privacy safeguards when it comes into operation in mid-2016, according to a report by ZDNet. All 16 recommendations made by Information Integrity Solutions were accepted in part or full. Some of the recommendations included improving security measures by developing templates for interagency data sharing agreements, complying with Australian Privacy Principles, and limiting the amount

Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement

Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement January 25 – 27, 2016 – Washington D.C IDGA’s 10th Annual Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement brings together industry experts at the forefront of biometrics to address the emerging government and law enforcement challenges, look at technology gaps in existing systems, and present the latest advancements in biometric technology to attend to future requirements. As a media partner for the event, BiometricUpdate.com has secured a 20% off standard rates discount. Quote code BM16_BU

Biometrics for government & law enforcement: Q&A with Andrew T. Hildebrand and James Loudermilk

Technological advances in mobile and multimodal analysis — including complex areas like video analytics, facial imagery, Rapid DNA and balistocardiographic identity — are advancing and refining biometrics to more effectively meet the needs of law enforcement and national security agencies. Government and industry experts will attend the 10th annual Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement, held January 25-27, 2016, to discuss these issues and the development of the next generation of analytics-based biometrics. This year’s conference will feature a Technical

Global government biometrics spending to reach $122M by 2019

Technavio has published a new research report titled “Global Biometrics Spending Market in the Government Sector 2015-2019“, which forecasts global biometrics spending in the government sector to grow at a CAGR of more than 14% to reach more than USD $122 million by 2019. According to the report’s findings, North America currently has the largest market share with about 33% as a result of US and Canadian governments investing in various biometric solutions. The report details key drivers such as

Arizona DOT implementing facial recognition technology to curb identity theft

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced it is implementing facial recognition technology for the application process for state-issued credentials in an effort to curb identity theft and fraud, according to a report by the Eastern Arizona Courier. From now on, individuals applying for a new or duplicate driver license or state ID card at either an ADOT Motor Vehicle Division or Authorized Third Party office will be required to have their photo taken. During the “Photo First” review process, the

Global biometrics market projected to reach $24.6 billion by 2020

The global biometrics technology market is expected to reach US$24.59 billion by 2020, according to a new study published by Grand View Research, Inc. According to the research firm, increasing demand in consumer electronics to enhance customer experience is expected to drive the biometrics technology market over the next six years. Biometrics technology will be used by several verticals in the private, public and commercial sectors to overcome security threats, which is primarily expected to fuel market demand over the

More than 350K iris and fingerprint devices shipped a year in India: 6Wresearch report

6Wresearch announced it has a published a new report that shows that more than 350,000 iris and fingerprint units were shipped in India in the year leading up to June 2014. The report illustrates how biometrics are growing in worldwide acceptance, specifically across developing countries such as India. The report provides details about the total number of biometric units imported and manufactured in India, as well as the players, prices and features including resolution, verification, interface and applications. Single-modal biometric

Precise Biometrics announces new strategy to reach profitability during 2015

Precise Biometrics announced it is focusing the operations in order to reach profitability during 2015 by boosting its market presence in fingerprint technologies, making more efficient use of its partner network for the sale of Tactivo, and reducing its operating expenses. The company will expand its development, market presence and sales efforts with a predominant focus on Asian mobile phone manufacturers to strengthen its position in the market for fingerprint technology in mobile devices. “We maintain a close dialogue with

U.S. Department of State looking to adopt system that captures and processes biometric identifiers

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is seeking to adopt a new system which would allow it to electronically capture and process biometric identifiers to determine threats to the country, according to a report by Washington Technology. The department wants to use biometric enrollment data file plans to compare the data against other U.S. terrorist, intelligence and criminal databases to pinpoint potential criminals. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is also looking to use the system for its own criminal investigations and