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

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.

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.

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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. 

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.

Suprema develops anti-smuggling fingerprint solution for Venezuela 02 December 2014

Suprema, a South Korean biometrics firm, has developed a fingerprint scanning solution for the Venezuelan government that aims to prevent goods smuggling to neighbouring Colombia.

Malaysia to introduce biometric screening ‘at every border’ 26 November 2014

Senior Malaysian officials have said facial and iris recognition systems will be installed at all of the country's entry and exit points. 

Sri Lankan police: Home made AFIS system working well 24 November 2014

Senior Sri Lankan police say an Automated Finger Print Identification System developed domestically has identified 21,000 criminals in just eight months of operation.

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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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