Biometrics and healthcare, cybersecurity, voter registration and law enforcement trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Healthcare The National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution to ensure 100% accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. In the first round entrants design a concept to solve the patient ID challenge and the final round will entail building prototypes to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the

Biometrics to verify voters in Uganda; Zimbabwe and Pakistan evaluating costs, usability

Uganda’s electoral commission (EC) is to meet this week to explain its decision to use biometric voter verification in the upcoming general election to representatives of the presidential candidates, political parties and other stakeholders, according to a report in the Voice of America. Uganda’s EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said that, “the deployment of the biometric verification mechanism at all polling stations across the country will significantly boost the credibility of the presidential, legislative and local elections.” He continued, “For the

Daon provides biometric voter registration software for Somaliland

Daon released details today about its role in providing biometric voter registration capabilities to the National Election Commission (NEC) in Somaliland. Daon was the core software provider to ATEA, the IT infrastructure provider selected by UN NGO Interpeace and the NEC for the project. Daon’s identity management software suite includes biometric voter registration and centralized voter management modules. Daon worked with ATEA to design, assemble and deliver the voter registration kits with iris capture and matching functionality using IrisID for

GenKey CEO discusses biometric identity and election management solutions

This year proved to be a notable one for GenKey with the company announcing several deployments throughout the world of its biometric identity and election management technology. GenKey’s biometric deduplication system, in particular, was deployed in many nation-scale election and health programs, with both the Tanzanian and Ghanaian governments deploying its solutions for their respective elections. In May, GenKey updated its FastAFIS SDK technology with significantly improved biometric matching accuracy. Following these improvements, FastAFIS can now achieve 10 to 1000

Mobile biometric solution MorphoTablet secures the voting process in Egyptian parliamentary elections

For the third time in two years, the Egyptian government has deployed biometric MorphoTablets to secure the voting process. Morpho also contributed its identity managment technology to the Egyptian Constitutional referendum and the Presidential election in 2014. 2000 MorphoTablets with Morpho front and back-office applications were deployed to organize the different stages of the election process, including voter registration and ID card verification. The company also included all training and logistics for operating the MorphoTablet inside the voting stations. MorphoTablet

Positive results for biometrics-based voting platform in Venezuelan elections

Smartmatic announced that its biometrics-based automated voting platform achieved positive results in Venezuela’s recent parliamentary elections. The company, which has serviced Venezuela’s last 14 national elections, provided a complete end-to-end voting platform for the December 6 vote. The voting platform included voter biometrics authentication, voting, results transmission, tallying and results broadcasting. “For more than a decade, Smartmatic has proudly serviced the national elections for the people of Venezuela, demonstrating our commitment to transparency, efficiency and accountability,” said Smartmatic CEO Antonio

Philippines’ Comelec ordered to not drop 2.5M voters who failed to submit biometrics

The Philippines’ Supreme Court (SC) temporarily ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to disable the registration of 2.5 million voters who did not enroll their biometrics by the October 31st deadline for the 2016 elections, according to a report by Rappler.com. The move comes a month after the Comelec denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the May 2016 general elections. The Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order

Gemalto modernizes Guinea’s voter register with biometric technology

Gemalto announced it managed the upgrading process of Guinea’s biometrics-enabled voter register system on behalf of CENI, the National Independent Electoral Commission in the country. The system included the use of 2,500 units of the Coesys Mobile Enrollment station, a portable biometric citizen registration kit deployed throughout the country, which reached even the remotest areas of Guinea. The system was designed to ensure that millions of eligible voters were enrolled accurately and reliably ahead of the presidential elections, which were

Cambodia testing biometric voter registration system

Cambodia’s National Election Committee announced that its testing of a new biometric voter registration system is “running smoothly”, having already registered more than 14,000 people across 24 provinces in a week and a half, according to a report by The Phnom Penh Post. The move comes a month after Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) announced it will begin piloting biometric voter registration in each of the provinces on November 1 in advance of the country’s national registration next year, The

Philippines’ Comelec ends biometrics registration for voters

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the 2016 general elections, according to The Philippine Star. Last week, Ang Kabataan party-list group called on the Philippines’ Supreme Court to urge the Commission on Elections to extend the registration period to January 8, citing technical difficulties of the biometrics registration technology. “No extension. We gave the people a year and a half to