UIDAI and Biometrics in Developing Nations

This In Focus page looks at the impressive growth in number of innovative identity projects in developing nations, such as India's UIDAI scheme. Check back here for news, features and interviews with the leading players in the market.

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Biometric micro-ATMs eyed for inclusion in India 18 July 2016

Researchers in India have developed a small mobile ATM that would use iris and fingerprint recognition for transactions.


Indian iris start-up Biomatiques to benefit from govt strategy 04 July 2016

Indian iris recognition firm Biomatiques Identification has named in a list of startups to benefit from a  funding strategy being established by New Delhi.


Nigerian students to get biometric ID cards 24 June 2016

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced plans to launch a biometric ID card for all students in the country next month.


Simprints to launch South Asia projects 20 June 2016

Cambridge-based mobile fingerprint startup Simprints is working with healthcare providers in Nepal and Bangladesh on projects using its digital identity solutions.


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Simprints to launch South Asia projects 20 June 2016

Cambridge-based mobile fingerprint startup Simprints is working with healthcare providers in Nepal and Bangladesh on projects using its digital identity solutions.


Nilekani: Aadhaar is on track 16 June 2016

The architect of India's biometrics-backed Aadhaar ID number has said the project is on track to transform the country’s economy.


Xinjiang residents told to submit DNA, voice-print for passports 10 June 2016

Residents in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang have been told that biometric details including a voice print must be submitted in passport applications.


Citi launches voice authentication for Asia-Pacific customers 19 May 2016

Hong Kong-based bank Citi has revealed that  voice biometrics authentication has been implemented in its Taiwan contact centres, with Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore to follow in the upcoming weeks.


FacePhi secures contract with Guatemalan bank for face solution 16 May 2016

Facial recognition specialist Facephi has won a contract to provide its facial recognition technology to a bank in Guatemala.


Nuance targets doubling of customer base in India 10 May 2016

Voice biometrics and recognition firm Nuance has said it wants to double its number of major customers in India.


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World Bank, Accenture outline universal ID vision for developing nations

ID solutions firm Accenture and the World Bank have published a study into how universal ID and biometrics can foster financial inclusion and improve vital services in developing countries.


Holding ghosts accountable: Biometrics bring greater transparency to African public sector

The insidious nature of corruption presents a formidable obstacle for the improvement of any society. One of the more nuanced forms of corruption occurs through the employment of “ghost workers. But biometrics is being successfuly used to help eliminate the problem.


India boldly takes biometrics where no country has gone before

Here is an in-depth overview of how well biometric technology is performing in India's UID project. And, more crucially, it explains why performance is so good?

 

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