Osun State, Nigeria government to issue biometric ID card for public school students

The government of Osun State in Nigeria is issuing a new smart identity card integrated with biometrics to all public school students in the state, according to a report by This Day Live. Launched at the Salvation Army School, Alekuwodo, Oshogbo, the new biometric ID cards support the state government’s initiative to deploy technology to boost the overall planning, allocation of resources and service delivery in the education field. The Osun Smart ID, an initiative of Chams Plc, is linked

Legal expert speaks out against biometrics in India

Legal expert Usha Ramanathan says that biometric technology has performed poorly in many parts of India, according to a report by The Hindu. Ramanathan, who has been monitoring the Unique Identification Authority of India project for quite some time, recently gave a presentation titled “Interrogating the UID and the National Population Register”. “In India, we have no idea if biometrics will work or not. Two to five per cent of people do not have fingerprints that work,” Ramanathan said, referring

Bank Muscat launches biometric system compatible with national ID card

Financial services firm Bank Muscat announced it has introduced a biometric system that is compatible with the national identification card. Available across its network of 137 branches, Bank Muscat’s biometric ID system is designed to improve efficiency and facilitate faster transaction processing times. The NID enables accurate data capture during banking transactions, particularly in the case of opening new accounts. Bank Muscat has teamed up with the Royal Oman Police to launch the new biometric identification system and ultimately provide

New South African tourism rules require many tourists to obtain biometric visa in person

The South African tourism department is set to introduce new regulations in October that would require travellers to the country to obtain a biometric visa in-person. The regulations relate to introducing two new requirements for travellers to South Africa in an effort to increase security safeguards and prevent child trafficking, which is a growing epidemic in South Africa. The first requirement states that parents must provide an unabridged birth certificate for all travelling children under 18, and both South Africans

India to identify all citizens in three years, issue new biometrics card

India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave government officials a three-year deadline to identify citizens through the National Population Register (NPR). The NPR is a comprehensive identity database used for India’s census. Recently, the NPR was conferred as India’s favored national identification scheme by the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. During recent national elections, the BJP promised both to end the Aadhaar biometrics registration project and to crack down on welfare fraud. The BJP has argued that Aadhaar, which is

ImageWare signs $1M deal to provide biometric driver license system for Baja California

ImageWare Systems announced it signed a deal valued at more than $1 million with Funciones Ocupacionales Insha, to provide software that will facilitate a multi-modal biometric driver license system for the state of Baja California, Mexico. The project, which will begin in the third quarter of 2014, will help create more than one million licenses for Baja California over the next three years. For this contract, ImageWare will receive one time license fees for the software itself, along with ongoing

Top biometrics news stories, week of June 29

Biometrics Week in Review: fingerprint payment systems, voice biometrics for telephone banking, biometrics at U.S. border, IBIA “best practices” document, Facebook rejects biometrics, biometrics market valuation, more embedded Touch ID sensors in Apple devices, biometric border clearance system for Australia, Accenture survey and a new report on national and civil ID Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Nexus Smart Pay gets new deployments for biometric fingerprint payment system

1.1 billion Civil ID documents to be issued by 2018: Report

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. has released a special report that examines the numerous electronic credentials and processes emerging within the National and Civil ID market. The research group has estimated that the total number of unit shipments of National or Civil ID documents worldwide will be at 500 million by the end of 2014 and will reach 1.1 billion by 2018. This number includes national identity cards, e-Passports, e-Health cards, eIDs, drivers’ licenses and other electronic documents. Biometrics Research Group

Special Report: National and Civil ID

Biometric Update Special Reports provides analysis and competitive industry intelligence for the global biometrics industry including market size, multiple industry segments, venture capital and other business opportunities, along with in-depth profiles on the best emerging companies and solutions. It is essential to any country’s security and economic interests that the identities of persons accessing government or commercial services, benefits, official documents and positions of trust, can be accurately verified. This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. examines the numerous electronic

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