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New approaches to identity altering government operations to take the spotlight at ID4Africa 2020


Several large-scale identity projects have been launched in Africa over the past several years, and as many governments consider how to extend the progress they have made in registrations to national priorities, ID4Africa is adapting a full-group session at its upcoming annual meeting to reflect that evolution.

Plenary Session 3 (PS3) covers high impact initiatives, as in past years, but for 2020 the session will focus on “visionary approaches and high-impact initiatives that are already altering the way governments conduct their functions,” according to a short video produced by ID4Africa. Previously, system integrators have shared their experiences carrying out large-scale identity projects in the session.

PS3 features subject matter experts in next-generation digital ID systems, which are mobile and rich in data, from Thales, Zetes, HID Global, IN Groupe, the SIA’s OSIA Working Group, and Emperor Technology. The session will be moderated by ID4Africa Chief Information Officer Greg Pote.

The potential benefits of new systems to government services, border control, and law enforcement, will be discussed by the panel, along with the continuing importance of physical credentials and how they should interact with digital credentials to maintain the identity’s integrity. Interoperability with open standards will also be examined.

ID4Africa is producing a series of short videos to promote its annual meeting and help attendees schedule their participation.

ID4Africa 2020 is slated for June 2 to 4 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Biometric Update is serving as the Official Journalist of ID4Africa 2020 and will provide coverage of the flagship event from live on location for the fifth consecutive year.

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