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.

Latest News Headlines

Indian navy to deploy biometric security devices 15 January 2015

India’s navy and coast guard are deploying mobile biometric security devices to check the identity cards of residents in coastal areas.

Aadhaar architect foresees iris scanners on smartphones 07 January 2015

Budget smartphones using iris scanners could become an important authentication tool for India’s biometric Aadhar unique ID numbers, says the project’s architect.

Biometrics boosting Indian government’s productivity 06 January 2015

There has been a significant rise in attendance among Indian civil servants since a biometric time-keeping scheme was introduced last year.

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Ghana launches upgrade of biometric passport systerm 19 December 2014

West African country Ghana has revealed plans to upgrade its biometric passports to also include microchips.

Indian taxi firm turns to biometrics for safety 15 December 2014

A nationwide Indian taxi firm has unveiled plans to use mobile fingerprint and iris scanners to verify the identities of taxi drivers. 

100 million Aadhaar numbers linked to bank accounts: UIDAI 15 December 2014

Some 100 million bank accounts are now linked to India’s biometrics-based Aadhaar ID number system.

West African bloc to launch biometric travel card in 2016 15 December 2014

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has revealed plans for a biometrics-backed ID card that will be launched for internal travel in 2016.

African sports stadiums eye biometric turnstiles 10 December 2014

Stadium planners in Southern African nations say biometric turnstiles and ticketing systems will ‘revolutionise’ security management.

Nigerian banks enrol 1.5 mn biometric customers 08 December 2014

Nigeria’s banks have enrolled over 1.5 million customers in a wide-ranging national plan to use biometric data to prevent fraud.

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Latest features

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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