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 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

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