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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Bengaluru police to procure advanced fingerprint system 30 August 2016

Law enforcement authorities in Bengaluru, capital of India's southern Karnataka state, plan to launch a procurement process for an advanced fingerprint recognition system.


India using biometrics for instant SIM card approval 18 August 2016

A new ‘electronic Know-Your-Customer’ (eKYC) system in India that links to the country’s biometrics-backed unique ID system is being launched for fast SIM card issuance. 


IriTech highlights how Biometrics can combat child trafficking in Africa 27 July 2016

Fairfax-based biometrics firm IriTech is set to sponsor a Kids Personal Safety Event organized by Safe Kidz in Kenya which aims to also highlight how iris recognition can help authorities combat child trafficking. 


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.


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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.


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.


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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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