Integrated Biometrics sees growing global demand for fingerprint products

In an effort to keep up with growing global demand for reliable fingerprint biometrics products, Integrated Biometrics announced that it has published French and Spanish versions of its company website. “The demand for reliable fingerprint biometrics products continues to grow across the globe, which is driving our development of our multi-lingual website and outreach at industry events with strong international presence,” Integrated Biometrics Vice President David Gerulski said. Gerulski explained that interest from Spanish speaking countries and African nations with

Southern African Development Community countries slowly adopting biometric voting systems

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are slowly adopting a biometric voting system, as the region increases efforts to promote the use of biometric technology to increase the credibility of their electoral process, according to a report by The Southern Times. Previously reported, the Democratic Republic of Congo contracted Gemalto to provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrolment kits to the electoral body for the upcoming elections in November. Along with the DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have

Gemalto to establish biometric register for Congo government

The Democratic Republic of Congo has contracted Gemalto to help the electoral body compile a biometric register and to conduct the upcoming elections in November, according to a report by Africa News. Gemalto will provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrollment kits to the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENI). “We needed a reliable partner to facilitate our ambitious program, which we expect will enroll up to 45 million voters,” said Corneille Nangaa, president of CENI. “With

Ghana’s voter registration exercise to feature biometric verification devices

Ghana’s Electoral Commission has said the upcoming voters’ register exhibition exercise — which will run from July 18 to August 7 — will prominently feature biometric verification devices (BVD), according to a report by Citi FM Online. The move comes a few months after the EC started its biometric voter registration pilot project in early March. “There is another dimension we are trying to bring into the exhibition. The period of the exhibitions going to be extended from the normal

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