Iran VP calls on ICT Ministry to study electronic ID program

Iran first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri has called on the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) to research the various executive and technical components of a new initiative to implement a nationwide biometric ID program, according to the Tehran Times. The ID program would comprise of a national ID website as well as the issuing of electronic ID cards, according to Khabar Farsi news website. Jahangiri recently met with the ministers of ICT, industry, education, economy, along with vice

Bank Muscat deploys biometric identification system at branches

Bank Muscat has partnered with the Royal Oman Police to launch a biometric identification system to improve customer service in branch transactions, according to a report by Times of Oman. Bank Muscat’s new biometric system is compatible with the Sultanate’s national identification card, making it the first of its kind in the banking sector in Oman. To authenticate banking transactions at Bank Muscat branches, customers must insert their national identification card in the biometric machine and validate their identity by

Economic Community of West African States biometric identity card program to launch in 2016

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric identity card program will launch in 2016. Previously reported, leaders within the sub-region at the Economic Community of West African States proposed in July to replace residence permits with biometric identification cards. Designed to ensure the unrestricted movement of citizens from member nations of the community, the new biometric identity card program will replace the travel certificate that is currently in use. The ID card will circulate alongside the national identity

Unique Identification Authority of India sees 100 million Aadhaar numbers linked to bank accounts

The Unique Identification Authority of India announced that the number of Aadhaar numbers that are connected to bank accounts has reached 100 million, which enables these account holders to digitally receive subsidies and benefits from the government, according to a report by The Economic Times. Previously reported, India’s new government began examining new methods of expanding Aadhaar in September, including issuing bank accounts to all Indian households. As the largest biometric database in the world, the Aadhaar identity platform serves

SecuGen releases contactless smartcard and optical fingerprint reader dual solution

SecuGen announced it has released its new dual solution, Hamster Pro Duo/CL, which combines a contactless smartcard reader with an optical fingerprint reader that is both FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV certified. Previously reported, SecuGen first announced in August it would be releasing a new device that combines a contactless smartcard reader with SecuGen’s FAP 20 certified, optical fingerprint sensor, the U20. Designed for projects such as National ID programs that require a contactless smartcard to store a fingerprint

India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme

Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the massive, expanded use of Aadhaar. Since taking power, the new central government has linked several new projects with the biometric identification scheme. The scheme, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, which has provided biometric identification numbers to millions of Indians, was criticized by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the run-up to the national elections. Now

Bill Gates talks biometric identification, banking for emerging countries

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recently said his foundation was ready to partner with the banking industry to develop affordable digital payments and biometric identity authorization services via mobile phones to individuals in emerging countries. In his closing keynote presentation at the annual Sibos convention in Boston, Gates discussed his foundation’s continued work in providing financial services to the impoverished. He encouraged financial institutions to get involved in serving individuals in developing countries by providing

Top biometrics news stories, week ending October 5

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: Nigerian ID card backlash, FBI wants Rapid DNA added to NGI, biometrics and cars, biometric data sharing, Frontier integrates biometrics, touchID for mobile banking, Singapore RFI for iris scanning solution, payPal Ebay split. Nigerian ID card with branded Mastercard logo draws backlash – The Nigerian government’s decision to brand its new electronic national identity card with MasterCard’s logo

Nigerian ID card with branded Mastercard logo draws backlash

The Nigerian government’s decision to brand its new electronic national identity card with MasterCard’s logo has drawn a significant backlash among experts in constitutional law and economics, according to the Osun Defender. Previously reported, Nigerian Identity Management Commission recently launched the pilot program of the electronic national identity card, which all Nigerians are required to have by 2019 if they want to vote. MasterCard is providing the prepaid payment functionality for the card, which will provide financial services to the

Aadhaar to be used to issue bank accounts to all Indian households

In a stunning policy reversal, India’s new government is examining new ways to expand Aadhaar, including to issue bank accounts to all Indian households. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power earlier this summer, its leader Narendra Modi had criticized the biometric citizen registry as a “political gimmick” that could not adequately address the control of migrants or national security concerns. There was a common belief that the program, which was closely associated with the Congress Party, would be