WFP education program in Pakistan using biometrics to verify identity

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) first cash-based assistance initiative for secondary school girls in Pakistan will be supported by biometric attendance data. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat education program will serve the semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, which will see participation from about 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA agencies and the frontier regions. All girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant

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

Irish citizens will require biometric ID card when applying for passports, driver’s licenses

The Irish government will make it mandatory for all citizens to show their public services card (PSC) when applying for a passport and driver’s licence, starting in autumn and 2018, respectively, according to a report by The Irish Times. The identity card was initially launched in 2011 to social welfare recipients, and has since been issued to 2.3 million citizens. The card is supported by a facial recognition database run by the Department of Social Protection. “Given the increase in

Passwords: Getting the NIST of It

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security Is the age of using passwords dead? Passé, so to speak? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has amended its password recommendations for Digital Identity guidelines. This codification of standards for government agencies, businesses and consumers includes a resource for password security. These new standards are commonsense updates to the widely deployed user authentication regime of usernames and passwords. The new guidelines drop

BBC reporter and his twin dupe HSBC voice ID recognition system

HSBC’s voice ID authentication software designed to prevent bank fraud has been duped by BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons and his non-identical twin, according to a report by BBC News. Simmons created an HSBC account and signed up to the bank’s voice ID authentication service. His non-identical twin, Joe, was able to access the account via the telephone by impersonating his brother’s voice. HSBC said it would “review” ways to make the ID system more sensitive following the BBC investigation.

Humaniq demonstrating biometric wallet app at Consensus 2017

Blockchain technology startup Humaniq is conducting a live demonstration of its Ethereum-based blockchain banking app at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2017, this week at the New York Marriot Marquis, according to a report by Econotimes. Designed for both iOS and Android users, Humaniq’s Mobile Wallet provides users with quick access to their balances as well as transactions with other users/merchants. The app manages private and public keys for the user, which are used to authorize transactions locally. Humaniq also offers an API

Border biometrics a work in progress, former FBI executive says

Finding the right mix of biometrics to best secure America’s southern border is a work in progress, according to KeyLogic VP of National Security and Chief Information Officer J. Kevin Reid. His extensive career in IT engineering, financial and program management with CJIS and other FBI projects culminated with Reid serving as the Assistant Director of the IT Infrastructure Division of the FBI. He now helps KeyLogic provide high-end engineering, professional and research services to 13 agencies across the federal

Liberian government begins issuance process of national biometric ID card

Liberia has begun the issuance process of its national biometric identification card, which citizens and foreign residents will use to open bank accounts and participate in other processes such as voter registration, according to a report by Front Page Africa. More than 4.5 million people are expected to register and obtain ID cards of citizenship or residence in Liberia. J. Tiah Nagbe, executive director of the National Identification Registry, said that enrollment in the ID card program is mandatory. He

Delta to test self-service bag drop with facial recognition in U.S.

Delta Air Lines announced it will introduce four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer, one of which will test facial recognition technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification. The facial recognition-based bag drop machine marks a first time for a U.S. airline carrier, which is designed to allow customers to quickly, securely and easily check their own bags. “We expect this investment and new process to save customers time,” said Gareth

Startek releases PIV certified fingerprint module FM300E for e-KYC

Taiwanese biometrics technology firm Startek has released fingerprint module FM300E, the company’s latest personal identity verification (PIV) certified solution for e-KYC (electronic know your customer) applications. FM300E includes the company’s identity verification and cloud-based fingerprint recognition technology called Bio-server. The new fingerprint module builds on the success of Startek’s FC320U (PIV certified), which is used as enrollment tool by various governments and banks worldwide for fingerprint databases. The CMOS-based optical sensor captures images and verifies fingerprints at a high speed.