Israel moves to biometric passports, ID cards exclusively

After several extensions of the pilot phase, Israel moved to biometric passports and ID cards exclusively beginning June 1, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The government launched the biometric database’s pilot phase in July 2013, which was supposed to conclude after two years. However, the pilot was extended three times until the Knesset passed the biometric database law earlier this year. Previously, citizens had the option of selecting either a biometrics-based or regular ID card or passport.

HD Barcode, IriTech to release iris verification ID card solution

HD Barcode has partnered with Iritech to introduce HD IrisCheck, which they claim is the world’s first ID card with biometric iris data embedded in a proprietary 2D code. Unlike public codes that can be created by any individual, HD Barcode requires a secure code generator which always remains with the customer to ensure that those individuals who are able to read HD Barcodes may not create or alter code data. HD IrisCheck is ideal for schools and institutions that

Improving African biometrics market boosts Nigerian identity plan

Nigeria’s relationship with biometrics and other vendors working on its National Identity Number (NIN) program has significantly improved, along with the results according to National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Director General and CEO Aliyu Aziz. In an exclusive interview with Biometric Update last month at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia, Aziz said the mix of companies supporting the program has changed since the NIMC began building its national database in 2010. Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the

Kyrgyzstan to replace ID cards with biometric passports

This week, the Kyrgyzstan State Registration Service (SRS) Chairman Tayirbek Sarpashev told a parliamentary committee that the SRS has plans to replace citizen ID cards with biometric passports by year-end, according to a report by the 24 News Agency. According to Sarpashev, an agreement has been reached that will see Japan donating a significant number of machines to read biometric passports to Kyrgyzstan by March 2017. Back in 2015, Japan committed to donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology

HID Global introduces OSM Multitech citizen ID cards

HID Global has created an Optical Secure Media (OSM) Multitech card that it says is one of the most secure citizen ID cards on the market. The new citizen ID cards feature technologies that have been proven in its customers’ national passport and other government ID programs, including the award-winning Irish Passport Card. “Our OSM cards have set the standard for combining visual, digital and physical security while delivering the highest levels of card durability,” said Rob Haslam, VP and

Israeli security report details attempts to obtain fake biometric ID cards

A new Israeli security report submitted to the Knesset has revealed that there have been 999 possible attempts by citizens to obtain fake identity cards or passports by deceiving the biometric database over the last three years, according to a report by Haaretz. The data, which was collected by the authority that manages the biometric database, shows that 662 samples sent by residents to the population bureaus contained the same fingerprint submitted for both the right and left hands. The

Acuity report forecasts biometric ID credentials to reach one billion a year by 2022

Acuity Market Intelligence has published new research that predicts that by 2022, annual production of biometric “physical” identity credentials will peak at more than one billion a year. These biometric identity credentials — which include ePassports, national identity cards, and driver’s licenses — will eventually be replaced by next generation “virtual” credentials securely stored in mobile devices and accessed via biometric authentication. The research goes on to state that by 2030, today’s standard identity credentials will be completely obsolete. “The

UNHCR introduces new biometric ID card for refugees

In an effort to combat identity fraud and counterfeiting, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) rolled out its new ID card for refugees, along with a new card verification mobile application. The new card includes a number of enhanced security features including 3D holograms, bar codes and a large SQR code. The card is supported by enhanced biometric data collection at the UNHCR office, including retina, 10 fingers and face scan. “To enable the law enforcement authorities or

Iris Corp to supply 10 million biometric identification cards to Senegal

Digital identity and business solutions company IRIS Corporation has won an $84M USD contract from the Senegal government to produce and supply 10 million new multi-application biometric identity cards based on contactless chip technology and 10 fingerprint biometry over the next five years, according to a report by The Star Online. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia earlier this week, the company made this statement: “The contract is expected to contribute positively to Iris’ earnings for the financial year ending

Dutch court says no passport without fingerprints

According to a recent ruling by the highest Dutch administrative court, the Council of State, officials are within their rights to refuse passports to people who won’t allow their fingerprints to be taken because fingerprints are required under European guidelines. The council was asked to rule on the need for fingerprints in seven cases, four passport applications and three for ID cards, reports. The council also ruled that ID cards do not require fingerprints despite a Dutch law requiring