Indian gov’t to link food ration cards to Aadhaar

The Indian government has announced that it intends to update its ration card system so that it can take advantage of Aadhaar. 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. Currently, Aadhaar has issued over 900 million Aadhaar numbers, and has enrolled approximately 850 million people, with a

Bulgaria to introduce biometric identity cards

Bulgaria’s Deputy Interior Minister Krasimir Tsipov announced this week that the country will soon introduce identity cards containing biometric data that will allow passage through eGates at EU airports. According to a report by the Sofia News Agency, the new ID cards will also include an electronic identification option and will serve as an electronic signature to allow Bulgarian citizens to access online services offered by the state. Last November the government decided to move to a centralized system of

Biometrics and law enforcement, facial recognition and national ID trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Facial recognition The Scottish Professional Football League has asked the government for financial support to introduce facial recognition technology to identify troublemakers in stadiums next season. The goal in implementing the technology, which could cost up to £4m, is to identify those guilty of violence, offensive singing, using pyrotechnics and exhibiting any other prohibited behaviour. U.S. Customs and Border Protection have started

UK House of Lords debate national ID cards

A recent debate in the UK House of Lords examined the use of national ID cards to enhance security, fight terrorism and reduce fraud. Biometrics Research Group, Inc., publisher of, defines national ID as a general identifier used by governments to verify a citizen and establish a link of trust. National ID is a means for tracking citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents for the purposes of work, taxation, government benefits, health care, and other governmentally-related functions. Lord Campbell-Savours,

Algeria begins issuing biometric national identity cards this month

Algeria’s Council of Ministers, chaired by President Bouteflika, recently released a statement that the Algeria biometric national identity card will start being issued this month. The biometric identity card will include a national identification number for each citizen and will encourage the modernization of government services and promotion of electronic administration across the country as all public services “would be digitized and would become accessible to users, administrations and companies,” said the statement. President Bouteflika also encouraged the use of

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