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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Indian city goes live with face recognition surveillance 20 July 2015

Surat City Police in Gujarat, India, have taken delivery of a crime-busting facial recognition system that will enable law enforcement to hook into live CCTV cameras at critical locations in order to identify possible criminal suspects.


Indian NGO uses biometrics to prevent TB 06 July 2015

New Delhi-based anti-tuberculosis organisation Operation ASHA is using biometrics to track and prevent the disease’s spread, both in India and further afield.


India’s ICICI Bank launches voice biometrics 26 May 2015

India’s largest private lender, ICICI Bank, has launched a voice biometrics service for its contact centres which aims to combat fraud and improve customer convenience.


New Delhi seeks review of Indian eID plan 30 April 2015

India’s Registrar General (RGI) has been told rethink its proposal to issue biometric national identity cards to all citizens above 18 years of age.


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New Delhi seeks review of Indian eID plan 30 April 2015

India’s Registrar General (RGI) has been told rethink its proposal to issue biometric national identity cards to all citizens above 18 years of age.


India’s ICICI Bank to deploy voice biometrics 07 April 2015

Gujarat-based ICICI Bank plans to deploy voice biometric authentication developed by Nuance. 


Somali firm plans biometric money transfer scheme 26 March 2015

The chairman of a Somali company called the First Somali Bank (FSB) has revealed plans to launch a biometrics-backed money transfer scheme.


Indian state deploys IriTech iris solution for pensioners 10 March 2015

India’s Andhra Pradesh state has launched an iris-based identity management technology solution developed by US firm IriTech to authenticate pension distribution.


Mixed results for Nigeria’s biometric vote pilot 10 March 2015

Nigeria has held a field test of biometric smart card readers in hundreds of polling units and voting centres across the country. 


Biometrics handed role in US$300 m Bangladesh nutrition plan 10 February 2015

The World Bank has given Bangladesh a US$300 million loan to implement a biometrics-backed welfare programme 


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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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