Sri Lanka implements new biometric enrollment process for eID cards

Sri Lanka’s Department of Registration of Persons is aiming to collect the biometrics and biographical information of all citizens by the end of June, in preparation for the issuance of biometric electronic identity cards, according to a report by the Daily Mirror. P. Viyani Gunathilake, general commissioner of the Registration of Persons Department, said the old laminated identity cards were used since 1972. “The NICs used today have been changed at several occasions according to the requirements and special needs

Sri Lanka introducing biometric passports

According to a report in the Indian Express, the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration will begin to issue biometric passports next year in an effort to to prevent document forgeries. The initiative is taking place under the directions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The existing visa issuance system will be replaced by machine readable visa (MRV) technology in compliance with the Immigrants and Emigrants Act. “Introduction of MRV, which incorporates security features with high

FBI biometrics facility, border security, heartbeat and fingerprint authentication most popular news this week

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. FBI opens biometrics facility in Clarksburg One of the week’s top stories came from the FBI, which opened a new four-story, 360,000-square-foot biometrics technology center on August 11 at the agency’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia. FireEye uncovers flaw in Android fingerprint smartphones In another top story this week, FireEye have developed a new spoofing method for acquiring

Sri Lankan government begins capturing fingerprints for biometric passports

The Sri Lankan government has begun the process of capturing the biometric fingerprint data of applicants when issuing passports, according to a report by News.LK. The move comes more than a year after the Australian government announced it would provide 500 million Sri Lankan rupees (S$4.76 million) to fund the Sri Lankan passport project. Earlier this week, the Immigration and Emigration Department begin issuing biometric passports that adhere to international standards. Under this initiative, the Sri Lankan passport will become

Sri Lankan government launches AFIS

The Sri Lankan government has just launched its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which is intended to aid law enforcement agencies in the country. Reported at, the AFIS has been developed solely by the Sri Lankan Information Technology engineers. “[The] main objective of inventing such a programme is to form good governance and a peaceful living environment in the country,” Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Gatabaya Rajapaksa said. “International communities must look into such social

Sri Lanka set to introduce biometric passports

Sri Lanka is the latest country to bring biometrics into its passport system. Reported in ColomboPage, the Sri Lankan government has just received cabinet approval to implement fingerprint data to the country’s passports. This project is expected to cost US $5.11 million (Rs.679.7 million). Nearly all of this capital will come in the form of a grant from the Australian government, through the International Organization for Migration. According to the ColomboPage report, the International Organization for Migration, along with the Department