Zimbabwe biometric voter registration system to cost $55 million

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau said earlier this week that it will cost $55 million to deploy a biometric voters’ registration exercise in advance of the upcoming elections, according to a report by the Africa News Agency. The news comes a few months after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced its plans to introduce a biometric voting system as part of its reforms ahead of the 2018 general elections. The ZEC’s plans to use the full biometric

Neurotechnology releases automated biometric ID system

Neurotechnology has released the MegaMatcher Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), a comprehensive system designed for deploying large-scale multi-biometric projects. MegaMatcher ABIS can rapidly and accurately process multiple complex biometric transactions using any combination of fingerprint, face or iris biometrics. The system uses the core technology of MegaMatcher SDK and MegaMatcher Accelerator, which have been used in a broad range of national-scale biometric identification projects, including national voter registration, biometric passport and ID, border control and criminal records systems. The quality

Comelec says no biometrics data leaked in database breach

Yesterday, the Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that fingerprints, signatures, and photos were not included in the recent hacking of its database, according to a report by CNN Philippines. Last week, a report by Trend Micro said that a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. This week, Comelec and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they

Fingerprint and passport data leaked in Philippines voter database breach

According to a report by Trend Micro, a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. “With 55 million registered voters in the Philippines, this leak may turn out as the biggest government related data breach in history, surpassing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack last 2015 that leaked PII, including fingerprints and social security numbers (SSN) of 20

Smartmatic CEO responds to Obama’s call for e-voting

Smartmatic’s CEO, Antonio Mugica, has expressed his support for President Obama’s call to action to make online voting, or e-voting, a reality in the United States. “President Obama’s call was surprising in only one respect—that it caused a stir. In a world where we can buy a house, take a degree course and access government services online, it does not make sense that elections don’t use tried and tested technology,” commented Mugica. “I agree with the President. The future of

Ghana begins its biometric voter registration pilot project

Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) started its biometric voter registration pilot project today, according to a report in News Ghana. A statement by Amadu Sulley, the country’s Deputy Chairman for Operations said: “The Electoral Commission has upgraded the biometric registration kits (BVR Kits) for the impending limited voter registration and subsequent registration exercises.” The EC said the exercise will be carried out in selected districts in all the ten regions of the country and that they are using the pilot to

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