Pakistan’s Punjab Forensic Science Agency to develop fingerprint database

Pakistan’s home department is investing Rs495 million (US$7.7 million) in developing an Automated Fingerprints Information System (AFIS) for the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) by June 2018, according to a report by Tribune. Initially, 40 AFIS scanners will be deployed at selected prisons of Punjab to build a database of prison inmates and at PFSA satellite stations established at divisional headquarters. The system is upgradeable as needed. A comparable database was previously implemented for the crime registration offices of the

Pakistan backtracks on plans to test biometric verification machines for elections

According to a report in The Express Tribune, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed that it will not be able to test biometric verification machines in upcoming by-elections as the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will not share voter data. In March, the ECP announced that it will acquire electronic voting machines (EVMs) and biometric verification machines (BVMs) for a trial run in by-elections to decide whether or not the technology can be used in the next general

WFP education program in Pakistan using biometrics to verify identity

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) first cash-based assistance initiative for secondary school girls in Pakistan will be supported by biometric attendance data. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat education program will serve the semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, which will see participation from about 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA agencies and the frontier regions. All girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant

Pakistan to test biometric verification machines for elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will acquire electronic voting machines (EVMs) and biometric verification machines (BVMs) for trial run in by-elections that will decide whether or not the technology can be used in the next general election, according to a report by Dawn. “Once these EVMs and BVMs machines are delivered by vendors in 10 weeks, they will be used in multiple pilot projects in upcoming by-elections to see their results,” ECP Secretary Babar Yaqub Fateh Muhammad said. Six

Pakistan authorities to install biometric time and attendance system

Pakistan authorities will install biometric time and attendance systems to register attendance of employees at the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the Karachi Development Authority (KDA), according to a report in the Daily Times. The goal is to install the time and attendance devices by March in 24 departments and 38 different offices of the KMC and 26 offices of the KDA. The KDA Director added that these machines would be procured through open tender to maintain transparency in the

BISP intros biometric payments in Rahim Yar Khan

Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) launched its biometric verification system for payments in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, according to a report by Radio Pakistan. The move comes nearly two months after BISP launched a biometric-based payment system for the upcoming BISP cash grant tranche in Sindh, Pakistan. At the inauguration ceremony, chairperson BISP Marvi Memon said that the program’s key principles are transparency, service delivery and customer care. According to Memon, the biometrics-based payment system would eliminate the middleman in

BISP to launch biometric payment system in Pakistan province

Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) is launching a biometric-based payment system for the upcoming BISP cash grant tranche in Sindh, Pakistan, according to a report by ARY News. Launched to coincide with this month’s BISP cash grant tranche in the Mirpur Khas division, the system is designed to boost the efficiency of providing financial assistance to beneficiaries, said Naeem Anwar, director general at BISP Sindh. “Diverting the payment system to biometrics will eradicate the role of middleman,” said Anwar. “Many

Japan helps Pakistan improve airport security screening with biometrics

Earlier this week, the government of Japan agreed to extend a grant worth almost $2 million USD to Pakistan to provide an advanced facial recognition system to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to improve security screening at airports. According to a report in Business Recorder, the grant program is designed to support the promotion of economic and social development of developing countries in the field of security improvement and counterterrorism by providing equipment in which Japanese advanced technologies are

Islamabad safe city project includes facial recognition software

According to a report in Business Recorder, Islamabad Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated its safe city project in Islamabad on Monday. 1950 surveillance cameras have been installed at different points of the city in an effort to control the crime rate in the capital, keep a check on car thieves and improve the traffic system in Pakistan’s capital city. The CCTV surveillance system will also help security departments track criminal suspects. The CCTV based safe city project

Kwick High Tech innovation supports massive biometrics programs

Some of the most ambitious biometric regulations in the world are taking place in Pakistan, where the government has determined the best way to deal with high-stakes national issues like fraud and terrorism is through the use of identification authentication technology. As the sixth most populous country in the world, Pakistan is a challenging but very promising market for the companies providing this technology. In Pakistan all new SIM cards must be registered to an individual whose identity is confirmed