Dermalog biometrics revamp systems in Philippines and Thailand

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Dermalog has finalized plans to develop digital infrastructure to support biometric identity verification for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in the Philippines, writes The Manila Times.

The project integrates Dermalog’s access and data security solutions for six systems operating at the same time, all currently in testing prior to full-scale deployment. The entire system is developed around a public portal for online operations and transactions. The biometric-enabled system can be used for all appointments, payments, and inquiries with the LTO, and provides stronger infrastructure security.

The database is combined with a fast Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), which will also enable used-car buyers to verify that they are purchasing from the vehicle’s genuine owner, according to the report. The nationwide automation of LTO services is broadly aimed at easing and securing daily transactions.

The Online Appointment and Application System allows users to make an appointment and lodge applications for transactions through a smart web-based system. The Motor Vehicle Inspection and Registration System can use the online platform to print certificates and renew registrations. Through the Driver’s Licensing System (DLS), users can renew their licenses or manage applications so all required documentation can be reviewed before going to the LTO.

The Law Enforcement and Traffic Adjudication System (LETAS) lets users pay for fines and fees, as well as keep track of any violations. Newly integrated biometric identification features such as facial recognition and fingerprints allows offices to check license validity and verify client identity.

The Revenue Collection System (RCS) is also connected to the ePayment system for real-time collection to the Bureau of Treasury.

The Executive Information System (EIS) is responsible for senior executive-related information and tasks such as strategic planning or research and development.

Dermalog’s partnership with Thailand’s Immigration Bureau to deploy a biometric identification system to detect fake passports, meanwhile, went live in July, according to CTN News. Some 70 immigration checkpoints have been equipped with approximately 2,000 biometric scanners for the system. So far, 8 travelers have been arrested, out of which 4 Iranians were trying to reach the UK for asylum with fake Greek passports, 3 Palestinians had Swedish passports and a Nigerian used a fake South Africa passport. The biometric identification system uses fingerprints and facial recognition to identify travelers.

Similar systems are already in use in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Brunei.

Dermalog’s biometric devices will be used in the presidential elections in Afghanistan in September.

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