UN using IrisGuard ethereum blockchain payment platform for refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) is using IrisGuard’s private Ethereum blockchain technology to enable streamlined payment services for thousands of Syrian refugees seeking humanitarian aid, according to a report by ETH News. After refugees are registered through UNHCR, other humanitarian organizations including the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) can further assist them through resettlement programs, international remittance, healthcare services and microfinance to promote a better

IrisGuard introduces iris camera designed for outdoor enrollment and recognition

IrisGuard has released EyeHood, its portable iris camera that is ideally suited for outdoor enrollments and recognitions. EyeHood is the latest addition to the IrisGuard EyePay platform camera portfolio. The camera fully shields the user from direct sunlight and other external lighting conditions both at mobile or stationary enrollment and verification stations, providing excellent iris quality images and matching results, essential in payment and identity systems. According to a company statement, the EyeHood was developed to meet difficult outdoor registration

WFP, UNHCR using iris recognition for Syrian refugee food program in Zaatari

The World Food Programme (WFP) has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide an iris scan payment system in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. The technology will allow 76,000 Syrian refugees to purchase food from camp supermarkets by scanning their eye instead of using cash, vouchers or e-cards. Launched in February at Jordan’s King Abdullah Park refugee camp, the iris recognition system was later expanded to Azraq refugee camp in eastern Jordan in April. “The iris

Biometrics and privacy, banking and payments, strong authentication trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Privacy Matching biometric data on a device better satisfies global privacy requirements than matching it on a server, particularly with regards to personal control, and data residency, according to new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP. Biometrics and Privacy: On Device vs On Server Matching was produced by PwC Legal for Nok Nok Labs to survey the privacy aspects of biometrics from an

IrisGuard releases EyePay POS terminal

IrisGuard recently released its EyePay point-of-sale terminal (POS) for worldwide merchants of all sizes that utilizes iris recognition as the single payment modality for purchases, without requiring a card, pin, phone or token. The EyePay solution was designed to operate with the IrisGuard end-to-end EyeBank system. The EyePay POS works with retail store cash registers and interfaces directly with existing EFTPOS or cash registers or can operate in stand-alone mode. The EyePay POS also includes managerial reporting, food basket inventory

Biometrics and online authentication, payments, fingerprint technology and MWC trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Online authentication Morpho (Safran) announced that Samsung SDS is using Morpho’s facial recognition technology as part of its new multimodal, online authentication solution. The face recognition technology from Morpho includes embedded liveness detection to ensure the face submitted is captured from a live user and not a stored photo or video ensuring reliable and strong online authentication methods to avoid fraud. The

UN WFP trials iris-based biometrics payment system for food assistance program

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has introduced an iris-based biometric payment system allowing Syrian refugees in Jordan to redeem their monthly food assistance from local shops using just a scan of their eye instead of a prepaid electronic card at checkout. “This is a milestone in the evolution of our food assistance programme,” said WFP’s Jordan Country Director Mageed Yahia. Initially, the biometric payment system will allow a select group of Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan to

Biometrics and healthcare, cybersecurity, voter registration and law enforcement trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Healthcare The National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution to ensure 100% accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. In the first round entrants design a concept to solve the patient ID challenge and the final round will entail building prototypes to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the

UNHCR, IrisGuard launch EyeCloud to assist refugees with biometric banking

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Cairo Amman Bank (CAB) and IrisGuard have announced EyeCloud, a new project in Jordan that delivers financial assistance to refugees through banking and biometric technology based exclusively on UNHCR biometric registration data. The system is designed to facilitate cash-supported interventions that help deliver financial assistance to refugees with speed and dignity, while lowering overhead costs and boosting accountability. The EyeCloud technology, which uses IrisGuard portable iris-scanners, is, according to the company, deemed

UN using IrisGuard iris recognition devices to aid Syrian refugees across Middle East

The United Nations is using IrisGuard’s iris recognition technology as part of its humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees across the Middle East, according to a report by CNBC. Andrew Harper of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the iris recognition technology has significantly improved the U.N.’s efforts in distributing $120 million in aid to nearly two million refugees. “Refugees don’t have to come to us, they can just go to a bank fitted with iris scanning,