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Face biometrics makes headlines from regulation and conferences to company fundraising and deployments

Biometric facial recognition and digital identity in Africa, both separately and the possible convergence between the two, are the main…

 

Biometrics to help reduce fraud and inefficiency in African public sector budgets, back digital ID in Togo

Southern African neighbors Zimbabwe and Zambia are considering ways to use biometrics to protect government budgets. The former is reducing…

 

More challenges for biometric voter rolls as partnerships bring authentication options to African market

Digital ID in West African elections leads the biometrics agenda in Africa this week as neighbors Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire…

 

South African institute warns against biometrics outstripping laws as SIA launches ethical principles

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria, South Africa writes that in their rush to deploy facial recognition and…

 

Nigeria shows biometric flexibility, slow progress on voter registers continues across Africa

Biometric voting, and the registration required, are once again proving problematic in several African countries. Somalia will miss its target…

 

Contactless biometrics hit fever pitch and fingerprint payment cards reach milestone

The top biometrics and digital ID stories this week were dominated by fingerprints for contactless payments and facial recognition for…

 

Africans assess national biometric projects as Thales enters digital ID talks with DRC

There is a sense of reflection in Nigeria over the country’s ambitions to provide ID to all, with multiple reports…

 

Will smart cities in Belt and Road Initiative bring Xinjiang-style facial recognition to other countries?

Much of the digital security apparatus operated in Xinjiang by China’s government, including biometric facial recognition, is making its way…

 

Facial recognition to play key role in travel reopening as biometrics industry weighs social responsibility

The top biometrics and digital ID stories of the week on Biometric Update focus on the use of advanced technologies,…

 

Biometric voter list in Ghana draws long lines and criticism, ID4Africa webinar series launch a hit

Innovation from and for the continent is one running theme in this week’s African biometrics news round-up, while issues around…

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