Developing Nations

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

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SecuGen device receives STQC Certification for Indian UID Project 15 April 2014

SecuGen Corporation has announced that its new Hamster Pro 20 fingerprint reader has been certified as meeting the requirements necessary for use in India’s Unique Identification (UID) project.

Kenya to use biometrics to create unified national register 14 April 2014

The Kenyan Government has said it will register all Kenyans afresh in a new national digital database. Designed to assist the Government in addressing security and planning issues, the database will contain biometric details of all people.

Biometric mobile money services for Nigeria 06 March 2014

VeriFone Mobile Money has been selected by Teasy Mobile to help enable the deployment of mobile POS (mPOS) and biometric solutions in Nigeria.

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SRI International secures access to Curaçao data centre 26 February 2014

SRI International Sarnoff’s Iris on the Move N-Glance biometric system is protecting access to E-Commerce Park Curaçao, the first data centre of its kind built in the Pan Caribbean area.

Iris recognition inventor comments on Indian ID project 10 February 2014

In 2011, the Indian government launched a massive programme to collect the iris patterns and fingerprints of all of its 1.2 billion citizens within three years. The algorithms that make iris recognition possible have been developed in the University’s Computer Laboratory by Professor John Daugman.

IriTech obtains STQC certification for iris devices 07 February 2014

IriTech has been awarded STQC certifications for three of its iris authentication devices to be used in India's ambitious UIDAI project - which is currently halfway to its goal of providing a unique ID to each of its 1.2 billion residents.

Nepal puts ID cards project on ice 11 December 2013

The Government of Nepal is believed to have scrapped the bidding process for its high-profile national identity card project.

Aware biometrics to help manage pilgrims travelling to Saudi 04 December 2013

Aware has announced its biometric software is being used to improve management of temporary visitors to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj and other purposes.

Dermalog seals AFIS deal with Central Bank of Nigeria 20 November 2013

Dermalog Identification Systems has signed a US$50 million contract with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to help it resolve authentication issues and prevent money laundering.

Nepalese law enforcement chooses SpeechPro 19 November 2013

The Nepalese Police have selected SpeechPro's Forensic Audio Workstation to handle its audio forensic and voice identification needs.

Fingerprints to track child vaccination histories in developing countries 13 November 2013

Multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors are to be used as part of a tracking solution to stop vaccine waste for millions of Africans not yet vaccinated.

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> UID number launched 29 September 2010

The biometric industry's most ambitious project could be enrolling one million people per day by the end of the year. Many opportunities still remain for biometric vendors…

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India boldly takes biometrics where no country has gone before 06 February 2012

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?



Exclusive Interview: Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) 05/07/10

Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), takes time out to speak with Planet Biometrics. The project to biometrically enrol 1.2 billion people is the most ambitious in the world and, fittingly, he ends with a special message to biometric vendors.

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