SDW 2014 – The Global Hub For Next Generation Citizen & Government ID Solutions

QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London, UK Conference: 16-18 June 2014 – Exhibition 17-18 June 2014 SDW 2014 (Security Document World) – the world’s leading document security show – focuses on ePassports, visas, driving licenses, national IDs, worker credentials, advanced border control, anti-counterfeiting, fraud detection, and much more. The event will provide a global showcase for next-generation human identity solutions, focusing on intrinsic document security and on the new cutting-edge secure infrastructure now required to produce and use these advanced documents

NIMC and MasterCard announce Nigerian national identity smart cards

The Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and MasterCard have jointly announced at the World Economic Forum on Africa, the introduction of 13 million MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards, which include electronic payment capabilities as a pilot program. “We have chosen MasterCard to be the payment technology provider for the initial rollout of the National Identity Smart Card project because the Company has shown a commitment to furthering financial inclusion through the reduction of cash in the Nigerian economy,” Chris Onyemenam, the

Vision-Box takes home Asian SESAMES Award at Cartes 2013

Vision-Box has taken home the Asian SESAME Award during CARTES Asia conference for its new vb e-pass dispenser. Vision-Box’s vb e-pass dispenser is intended for the self-service delivery and renewal process for ID cards, and has so far been deployed in the Middle East. In its essence, the vb e-pass dispenser, which stores up to 5,000 ID cards, automatically identifies the citizen by using face, finger and iris or combined biometrics, opening an online session with the life-cycle system, and allowing

Macau turns to Giesecke & Devrient for smart ID cards

The government of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China has chosen Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to manufacture and deploy its new multifunction contactless, smart ID cards. The new ID card is expected to be introduced from October of this year, and can be used as a conventional ID. According to the company, personal data and biometric features such as cardholder photos and fingerprints can be stored securely on the card’s embedded chip. “Macau’s decision to introduce

Zambian government to issue biometric registration cards

The Zambian government is in the midst of introducing Biometric National Registration Cards to the country. Reported by the Lusaka Times, the biometric cards will be embedded with a secure chip containing both biographical and biometric data. “We have plans now to introduce the Biometric identity cards which are going to have security chips on them and which will be compliant with the electoral system, Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Maxwell Nkole said. “This is the programme we are working in

Smart ID cards could be used in next South African general election: Minister

By 2014, some South Africans will be using new smart ID cards in place of the existing green identity books and it’s possible the ID cards could be in use by the next general election, according to the country’s Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Suma. Reported in, Dlamini-Zuma said a pilot project is current underway, which aims to test the accuracy of the system, and eventually introduce it in phases. “The IEC is aware of the process and they are

Frost & Sullivan analysis notes government as the biggest spender on biometrics in SEA and ANZ markets

A new market report from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand Biometrics Market has found that biometrics market revenue is expected to reach around US $600 million in 2016. The report notes that the governments of Southeast Asia (SAE) and Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) are investing heavily in security projects and infrastructure, such as border control systems and national ID program, which bodes well for the market in the two regions. Further, the Civil Aviation Organization

ABI Research anticipates massive growth in smart card shipments this year

New research from ABI Research forecasts 8.6 billion smart cards to be shipped worldwide in 2013; a combined number spanning all smart card markets. Of the total forecasted shipments, 16 percent are expected to use a contactless interface. ABI attributes most of this growth to the increase in adoption of Government ID, transportation and ticketing and payment card systems. In 2013, ABI forecasts 59% of all contactless deployments will utilize a pure contactless interface, reducing to 38% in 2018. According

South African Department of Home Affairs to issue smart ID cards this year

The South African Department of Home Affairs plans to issue citizens with new biometric smart ID cards as soon as this year. With the aim to reduce identity fraud and theft, the department says these new cards will be “almost impossible to fabricate.” According to Minister Naledi Pandor, the plan is to issue the new cards this year, though a specific date has yet to be announced. Reported in iTWeb Security, these cards will also have embedded microchips which could be

Emirates ID establishes ministry linkages, plans to replace labour cards with national ID

The Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) has established a full e-linkage with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice and has also launched an initiative to replace the Labour Ministry’s existing e-signature cards with the new national ID. According to a report in Emirates247, the ID card can be a single docket of documentation and identification for UAE residents, holding their passport, labour card, driving license and health insurance details by the end of 2013. Following the