ID4Africa 2019 participants preview biometrics news to come from leading global event
Biometrics companies are revealing details of their participation in the 5th Annual Meeting of the ID4Africa movement, hosted by the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) at Emperors Palace in Boksburg, just outside of Johannesburg, from June 18 to 20, 2019.
The theme of the 2019 ID4Africa meeting is “Identity Ecosystems for Service Delivery,” and will include thematic tracks for ‘identity-linked services,’ ‘migration and borders,’ and ‘reports from identity authorities on the continent.’
In addition to being a Gold Sponsor of ID4Africa 2019, HID Global will participate in the movement’s fifth annual meeting in Johannesburg in several different ways.
HID Global Director of Sales for Africa and the Middle East Joby Mathew will deliver a presentation on advanced identification technologies at African borders, and Segment Director for the company’s Secure Issuance Business Christophe Malgorn will speak about interoperability, scalability, and standards, both during day two of the event.
ID4Africa is the tripartite Pan African ID-4-All movement supporting the development of robust and responsible ID ecosystems around digital identity for development, humanitarian action, security, and facilitation. This year’s event will include a greater degree of UN involvement, with participation from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and UNICEF, as well as the African Development Bank.
HID will also hold a round table discussion titled: “The Digital Revolution: Benefits of Using Advanced Technology Creating and Using Government IDs” on the third day of ID4Africa 2019.
The event takes place on the heels of HID’s acquisition of De La Rue’s Citizen Identity business, which will also have its own booth at ID4Africa 2019.
Industry brings innovations and experience
NEC XON Head of Identity Management Grahame Saunders will speak at ID4Africa about identification opportunities created by advances in biometrics and mobility.
“The biometric solutions today are far more powerful than ever before. They can process billions of records in near real time. They are mobile because the attachments are much cheaper and more powerful, which enables them to capture and verify fingerprints, faces, irises and other biometrics,” Saunders says.
“In addition, wireless networks provide connectivity in far more areas of Africa than ever before. Where there is no connectivity the solutions are powerful enough that they can store the data in the devices until a connection is established.”
The company will demonstrate its national ID systems and mobility-focused, multi-biometric registration devices, along with its NeoFace Watch real-time facial recognition platform.
Also at the event, GenKey will showcase its privacy-by-design technologies, including its biometric cryptography approach BioHASH, and share its experience in delivering biometric solutions for elections, health insurance, and social registries in Africa.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will display technology for the biometric recognition of children through measurements of iris, ear, and face characteristics. CSIR Senior Researcher Yaseen Moolla will also participate in an informational session spotlighting infant biometrics.
“The project for the Biometric Recognition of Children is being endorsed and supported by South African government entities that are aware of the challenges involved in recognising children,” says Erick Dube, CSIR Impact Area Manager for Information Security. “Public support, which is essential for the implementation of identity solutions, is evident from the consent of parents and the participation of children in the development and assessment of our biometric systems. We are also engaging with authorities for the application of biometrics in public safety, border control and the security of public spaces.”
Telpo says it will release new biometric ID solutions for high-security identity needs at ID4Africa, in addition to its TPS360 and TPS550 smart terminals. Semlex will attend the event as both a sponsor and exhibitor, while consultancy SECOIA will represent the Consortium for Robust Official Credentials (CROC) at the booths of several consortium exhibitors.
Innovatrics Regional Manager for EMEA Donal Greene will speak about streamlining passenger journeys with multi-factor biometrics, and the company will demonstrate its ABIS and SmartFace products.
ID4Africa 2019 will also see the return of Zetes as a platinum sponsor, a demonstration of biometric terminals, scanners, and modules from Aratek, and the commercial launch of the new Suprema ID BioMini Slim 3.
Biometric Update will report all of the breaking news live on location from ID4Africa 2019 as the event’s Official Journalist, and present interviews, in-depth explorations of key topics, and ongoing coverage of the movement’s challenges and successes in delivering digital ID across Africa.