India to make UIDAI registration mandatory for all Aadhaar authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, is expected to make it mandatory for manufacturers to embed the Aadhaar encryption key into biometric devices using Aadhaar authentication, according to a report by the Business Standard. Although all current Aadhaar-connected mobile devices are STQC certified, embedding UIDAI‘s encryption key into the devices will provide an additional layer of security to the hardware as biometric-based digital payments become more prevalent throughout the country. Amitabh Kant, National

India working to replace cash with biometric e-payment

The chief executive of India’s leading economic development agency told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the country could introduce biometric payments within three years, thereby eliminating the need for cash and typical electronic payment methods, including: automated teller machines, along with debit and credit cards. Amitabh Kant, National Institution for Transforming India, was quoted in a CNN news affiliate report as saying that such now commonplace e-payment methods may be “totally redundant” by 2020. According to

Bharti Airtel launches Aadhar-based digital banking service in India

Indian telecommunications firm Bharti Airtel officially launched Airtel Payments Bank last week in India, following a series of successful pilot programs in Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, according to a report by Asian News International. Airtel Payments Bank takes a paperless banking approach through Aadhaar-based e-KYC, enabling any individual with an Aadhaar card, PAN card or smartphone with Internet connectivity to access the digital banking service. The company has also updated its My Airtel app with a Payments Bank option

Biometric workforce tracking startup SecurAX raises funding

Bangalore-based biometric workforce tracking startup SecurAX has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Axilor, Parampara Early Stage Opportunities Fund and an undisclosed group of angel investors, according to a report by The Tech Portal. SecurAX is planning to use the funds to improve its technology offerings, expand its customer base, and ramp up its operations across India and the Middle East. Currently, the company’s B2B SaaS biometric platform is being used by 75,000 end users across 125 customers. The

Spice Money launches Aadhaar-enabled payment system

Spice Money, the domestic remittance service from Spice Digital, is now processing payments through the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), according to a report by Medianama. The move follows Spice Digital’s announcement in October that it has been authorized by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to offer AEPS services. The AEPS allows digital payments using the national Aadhaar number and biometric authentication. Users can perform financial transactions on a micro-ATM provided by a bank. At the time, Spice

Indian government calls on vendors to make affordable biometric smartphones

In an effort to more quickly move towards digital cashless economy, the Indian government is calling on local smartphone vendors to develop sub-Rs 2,000 (US$29.36) smartphones with capabilities to “scan for Aadhaar-based financial transactions” and eventually perform digital payments, according to a report by BGR India. The government has singled out Indian smartphone vendors like Micromax, Lava, Intex and Karbonn to develop biometric smartphones that are more affordable for people living in rural and remote areas of the country. “The

Mumbai Police fingerprint database to be operational this month

The Mumbai Police announced that its fingerprint database, which is used by several law enforcement agencies in multiple countries, will be operational in late January, according to a report by The Hindu. The move follows the Mumbai Police’s implementation of several high-tech security measures, which included configuring a central server for all inter-departmental communication and citywide CCTV camera coverage. This latest initiative is designed to accelerate the identity authorization process of arrested individuals and suspects, where they will be entered

IDFC Bank launches Aadhaar Pay for fingerprint-based digital payments

IDFC Bank has launched an app called Aadhaar Pay that is designed to help the millions of Indian citizens without a smartphone to make digital purchases using only their fingerprint, according to a report by Mashable. To offer Aadhaar Pay, merchants throughout the country will be able to download the app on their Android smartphones and attach a fingerprint scanner device. To make payments, consumers simply select their bank name, enter their unique Aadhaar number and scan their fingerprint, which

India airports piloting Aadhaar-based entry authentication

Taking the lead from a successful pilot phase at a Hyderabad, India airport where security officials processed travellers using Aadhaar-based airport entry authentication technology, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports are also planning to implement similar pilot projects next year, according to a report by The Hindu. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad launched a pilot project in 2015 in which travellers had the option of entering their Aadhaar number at a kiosk located at one of the entry gates. The

InFocus to launch smartphone with IriTech iris scanner

InFocus will soon release a new Aadhaar authentication-enabled smartphone equipped with an IriTech iris scanner, in India, according to a report by Business Standard. Priced at under Rs 12,000 (US$178), the device will be made available in early 2017. Following its STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) from the Indian government, InFocus said it plans to launch more Aadhaar-enabled devices in the future. STQC certification authenticates the use of iris recognition devices, designed for biometric authentication purposes as part of