Ideco to release identity-as-a-service and national user ID mobile app

South African biometrics firm Ideco will soon introduce its new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and national user ID (nuID) mobile app ecosystem for fraud-proof trusted identity verification, which it will confirm people’s identities using a digital certificate of authenticity, according to a report by fin24tech. The mobile application is designed to give users more control over protecting their identities. “The app enables the general public to take control of identity,” said Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee. “When your identity is needed for an

South African Fraud Prevention Service launches shared imposter voicebank

In an effort to lower fraudulent transactions in local call centers, The South African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) is launching a shared imposter voicebank which it will initially pilot with select participants before rolling out across the country, according to a report by IT Online. SAFPS is partnering on the initiative with voice biometric authentication solutions firm, OneVault. “Voice biometrics is an authentication solution that is similar to a fingerprint in that it represents an individual’s biological construct and is

Bytes Systems Integration launches biometrics-as-a-service solution

South African IT services provider Bytes Systems Integration has launched cloud-based biometric solution BioVault, according to a report by IT Web. Bytes developed and hosts the new cloud biometric service, which enables financial services providers to access biometrics without the risk of an upfront capital investment, according to Nick Perkins, divisional director of identity management at Bytes. BioVault allows companies to rent devices for capturing biometric data, as well as demographic information, a photograph, a signature and relevant documentation —

Evolving partnerships drive South Africa’s digital identity program

South Africa took a major step toward the use of digital identity to secure the delivery of a variety of government services in 2013, with the introduction of a national smart ID card embedded with fingerprint data. Today the system is progressing toward being used for driver’s licenses, voter registration, and all other social services, Director General of the Department of Home Affairs for South Africa, Mkuseli Apleni, told an audience at ID4Africa 2017 last month. However, it faces an

CPS to provide biometric authentication services for South African social grant beneficiaries

Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), a subsidiary of Net1 UEPS, have agreed to the terms of a two-year contract with South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to provide biometric authentication of beneficiaries for enrolment and payment, according to a report by Business Day. The agreement was finalized in spite of Sassa’s commitment to the Constitutional Court that the duration of the new contract would not span beyond one year, according to a report by GroundUp. Net1 CEO Serge Belamant said the

Biometric authentication kiosks used to process new banking customers

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) reports that the 685 biometric authentication kiosks introduced in the last year by its South African subsidiary Tyme have processed 100,000 new customers in that country. According to a report in iTnews, the bank claims the kiosks can process new customers in under four minutes by utilizing biometric authentication, and at a cost to the bank of just $4 per new customer. The Android-based, wi-fi connected machines are about the same size as an

South African government says biometric data collection for tourists necessary

South Africa’s Home Affairs director general Mkhuseli Apleni said at a recent meeting that it was necessary to collect fingerprint biometric data of all tourists visiting the country because it helps to identify individuals, especially when a crime has been committed, according to a report by All Africa. Apleni emphasized the importance of capturing fingerprints of all the people visiting the country at a Pretoria-based meeting where key tourism and immigration stakeholders discussed developments on the immigration regulations. In April

STC demos latest multimodal biometric solutions at Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo

Earlier this month, Russian firm STC Group presented its latest multimodal biometric solutions, professional recorders, multi-channel recording systems and forensic analysis tools at the biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo, which took place from September 14 to 18 at Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria, South Africa. According to a company statement, AAD is the biggest exhibition of its kind on the African continent and one of the world’s premier Aerospace and Defence exhibitions. The expo covers the range of

Fujitsu delivers biometric PalmSecure ID Access device to South Africa

Fujitsu is now offering customers in South Africa and English-speaking Africa PalmSecure ID Access, an off-the-shelf biometric device that can be easily deployed by enterprises and SMEs to replace or improve existing facility access control. PalmSecure ID Access comprises a terminal with integrated PalmSecure sensor and touchscreen to authenticate a person’s identity based on a contactless palm vein scan. The PSN900, which is based on Fujitsu’s biometric palm vein scanning technology, can be quickly and easily integrated into existing hardware

Payments Association of South Africa collaborates with Visa and MasterCard on biometric authentication standards

The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) recently announced a new standardized specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards. PASA is the payment system management body recognized by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to organize, manage and regulate the participation of its members in the payment system. Working in partnership with Mastercard and Visa, this technology framework is designed to ensure open interoperable solutions in South Africa. The specification enables a range of biometric solutions, from fingerprint verification