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

Philippines national ID system to ensure secure delivery of social benefits

The Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary recently said that the government is set to allot a budget of $39.5M (USD) for the 2018 roll-out of its biometrics-based national identification system. A bill seeking the establishment of the national ID system was approved by the House committee on population and family relations last month. The Senate has yet to approve its counterpart bill. According to a report in the Philippine Star, an estimated 105 million Filipinos will benefit from the

This week in biometrics industry stocks

As the biometric industry continues to grow Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each Friday for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. The data chain between Nasdaq and several media outlets was accidentally fed incorrect data on July 4th. For a while the data feed to several major websites suggested shares of tech stocks such as Amazon

Israel’s mandatory biometric ID system causes issues, lineups at airports

In the first month of Israel’s mandatory biometric identity documents initiative, 15 percent of applicants requesting new passports or identity cards have declined having their fingerprints added to the database, according to a report by Haaretz. Israel officially introduced the exclusive biometric passports and ID cards system on June 1, following several extensions of the pilot phase. Under the new procedures, a high-resolution facial photograph is automatically stored in the database, while the applicant is given the option to submit

Indian government facing privacy challenges regarding Aadhaar

The Hindu ran a recent op-ed piece in which writer Sanjay Hegdet called on the Chief Justice of India to establish the larger Bench to assess privacy challenges to Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identity number based on collected biometric information. Last week, the Union government made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar number with the permanent account number (PAN) of a person, which would be effective starting July 1. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made Aadhaar mandatory for the filing

Jamaica prioritizes establishment of national identification system

Debate on the National Identification and Registration Bill began last week in Jamaica’s House of Representatives with Prime Minister Andrew Holness saying that the government is committed to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica and establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national