Delhi fair price stores to be linked to biometrics system by May 2016

Delhi’s fair price shops, which distribute major commodities such as staple food grains, will be linked to India’s national biometric system by early next year, according to a report by NDTV. The government’s move to link the fair price shops with the biometric system is designed to prevent potential corruption and irregularities in the Public Distribution System (PDS) “The process of installing biometric system in fair price shops has started,” Food and Supplies Minister Imran Hussain said in response to

CGD presentation discusses how biometrics can help achieve development goals

A panel presentation at Center for Global Development discussed the advantages of implementing biometric technology to help identify the millions of people without legal identity and achieve development goals, according to the Center for Global Development. Mahmood Mohieldin, corporate secretary and president’s special envoy to the post-2015 process at the World Bank, emphasized how the old “village” identification model where everyone knows everyone is no longer adequate for mobile populations, advanced economies, and governments tasked with delivering services fast and

Iris recognition market to reach $167.9M by 2019: report

A Frost & Sullivan report entitled “5-year Opportunity Analysis of the Global Iris Recognition Market”, finds that the iris recognition market will increase revenues from $142.9 million in 2014 to reach $167.9 million in 2019. The report finds that iris recognition will experience strong growth in the hospitality, healthcare and finance sectors over the long term as prices decline. “Global security threats and fraudulent activities heighten the need for iris recognition systems,” said Ram Ravi, Frost & Sullivan measurement and

Ghana leading West African States’ implementation of biometric ID cards

Ghana is leading the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) initiative to provide biometric identification cards to all citizens next year, according to a report by Citi FM Online. The move comes almost a year after ECOWAS announced it would launch the biometric identity card program in 2016 as a way to ensure the unrestricted movement of community citizens, goods and services in line with the reformed ECOWAS treaty. The biometric identification card will replace the travel certificate that

Nigeria to link biometric BVN with national ID card by 2016

Nigeria’s federal government has unveiled its plan to link bank customers’ biometrics-enabled bank verification numbers (BVN) with their national identity card data by next year, according to a report by This Day Live. Ade Shonubi, managing director of the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) detailed the plan in a paper presented at the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (NDIC) ongoing workshop for financial journalists, held in Ilorin. NIBSS chief risk officer Osioke Ojior discussed the paper in his presentation, “Managing Risks

Indian high court extends voluntary use of Aadhaar to social programs

A constitutional panel, formed by India’s Supreme Court, extended voluntary use of Aadhaar to a myriad of social programs last week. Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project was initiated by the previous Congress Party administrator as an attempt towards having a single, unique identification document or number that would capture all the details, including demographic and biometric information, of every resident Indian individual. Currently, Aadhaar

Selfies ok for new Irish passport cards

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has launched a website and mobile app which allows users to apply for the new passport card by simply taking a selfie as a passport photo, acccording to a report by Independent.IE. The move comes a couple weeks after the European Commission urged the Irish government to fulfill its obligation to implement biometric identifiers in the residence permits for third country nationals. The app for the new €35 (US$39) passport card enables users to upload

Indian telcos hope to use Aadhaar biometric database for faster subscriber verification

Indian telecom operators plan to turn to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in an effort to get approval for using the Aadhaar biometric database to speed up subscriber verification since the home ministry is said to have objected to the idea citing security concerns, according to a report by the Economic Times. The move comes a few weeks after India’s Supreme Court placed a cease order on the national Indian government concerning the use of Aadhaar data. Last week, the

HID Global wins GSN award for biometric identification solution

HID Global announced that the company and its integration partner, DGM Sistemas LDA (DGM) has received Government Security News (GSN) Magazine’s Most Notable National ID Card Program award for its biometric identification solution. HID Global and DGM collaborated on developing a critical proof-of-identity infrastructure that has enabled Angola to fully restore social services and other citizen programs over the past decade. The award is part of GSN’s second annual Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards competition, which celebrates the accomplishments

Japan grants Kyrgyzstan biometrics technology

Japan is donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology equipment to aid in a biometric registration project for citizens. A law was passed in Kyrgyzstan last year for a nationwide biometric data registration program. Included is 3,000 laptops, 3,000 fingerprint scanners, a server and networking equipment. Vice Prime Minister Tairbek Sarpashev has also indicated that a new elections model utilizing biometric data will be tested across Kyrgyzstan throughout the month of August.