9M enrolled in Malawi identity program

Nine million Malawians have been successfully registered in the country’s nationwide identity program using biometric registration kits from Laxton Group. Laxton was awarded the contract by the United Nations Development Program in February 2017. The biometric registration kits were used by National Registration Bureau officers to register new applicants and amend existing records for the nationwide registration campaign. Laxton’s solution included the delivery of 2,000 registration kits, a central biometric record management system, in-country project management, and training of National

Biometric ID program for displaced Rohingya completes first phase

A UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) program to count families among displaced Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and identify individuals with biometric registration has completed its first phase, counting over half a million people, a UNHCR spokesperson says. The program is overseen by Bangladesh’s Minister of Home Affairs and conducted jointly by the UNHCR and Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC). The first phase was carried out in the Kutupalong camp, makeshift areas around it, and the makeshift area of Balukhali,

Jamaica’s senate expected to pass national ID and registration bill

Jamaica’s National Identification and Registration Act, 2017, which seeks to establish an identification system for citizens and residents, is expected to be passed at the next sitting of the Senate. The move comes a few months after Prime Minister Andrew Holness initially pledged the government’s commitment to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The government is seeking to secure funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop the identification system, which is being implemented

African national biometric programs tackle scale challenges

Several African nations at different stages of their biometric registration processes have recently announced new efforts to improve their identity systems. The actions could save millions of dollars for the federal government of Nigeria, provide assurance of fairness and legitimacy for Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections, and Liberia. Nigeria takes on biometric data harmonization Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to work towards the harmonization of biometric data captured for identity programs by myriad different agencies. Rep. Ochiglegor Idagbo

IDEMIA to revamp Colombia’s identification and civil registry platform

IDEMIA (formerly known as OT-Morpho) has been selected by the National Civil Registry of Colombia, the Colombian government agency overseeing citizen identity, to update the identification and civil registry platform. As the trusted database of citizens’ biometric and alphanumeric data, the identification and civil registry platform ensures the uniqueness of identities. IDEMIA has worked with the RNEC since the beginning of this project as well as has constantly supported the solution’s successive improvements. Seeking a need to reinforce the platform

Dermalog develops biometric multi-purpose card for Maldives citizens

Maldives Immigration has introduced a new multi-purpose biometric ‘Passport Card’ that can be used as a passport, for payments, a national ID card, a driver’s license, a health card, and an insurance card. Containing a combination of a dual-interface chip for contactless and contact card reading, the biometric card and system is developed by Dermalog and Maldives Immigration. “This is why the cards also contain 10 fingerprints for secure verification,” Gunther Mull, the CEO of Dermalog, said. “Together with Maldives

UN agencies increasingly using biometric registration to target aid in conflict areas

United Nations agencies tracking displaced individuals are increasingly using biometric registration to better target aid, particularly in areas of conflict, where personal identification systems tend to be weak, according to a report by Devex. Biometric registration can help these agencies provide real-time data, limit paperwork, and improve efficiency in these regions. However, different agencies often use different systems, which can result in overlap and duplication within the registration process. For example, in northeastern Nigeria, both the International Organization for Migration

Bengaluru’s KIA will be first fully Aadhaar-enabled airport in India

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is set to become the first Aadhaar-enabled airport in India by 2018, according to a report by The Economic Times. Following a two-month pilot project in February, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given the greenlight to make KIA fully compliant with Aadhaaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system. KIA is expected to be completely Aadhar enabled by December 2018, which is a part of the airport’s initiative to become a Smart Airport. Passengers will be

Philippines’ government to introduce biometrics-based national ID system

The Philippines’ government will soon roll out a national identification (ID) system following President Duterte’s approval of the project intended to enhance the delivery of government services, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. In the proposed 2018 national budget, Duterte has allocated P2 billion (US$40 million) for the Philippine Statistics Authority to implement the biometrics-based national ID system. He said the project would make the delivery of social services more efficient, especially in ensuring that the benefit payments would

Sharing economy to leverage Aadhaar

Two major proponents of the sharing economy, Airbnb and Uber, are considering using the Aadhaar biometric identification database to authenticate their respective users in India. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic and biometric details of every Indian resident. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have