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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Nigerian pensioners to have biometrics collected 06 August 2014

The Nigerian government has said it is to embark on a biometric data gathering exercise for the countries' pensioners.

ECOWAS to explore biometric ID card 11 July 2014

Biometric identity cards were high on the agenda at recent ECOWAS meeting in Africa.

IOM pilots biometric registration for displaced people in South Sudan 23 May 2014

IOM has completed the registration (incorporating biometrics) of almost 30K internally displaced persons sheltering in two of South Sudan’s largest protection of civilian sites.

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Biometric-based mobile cash out pilot for India 22 May 2014

Indian mobile payments provider, Money-on-Mobile, has been tapped by the Unique Identification Authority of India to support a mobile cash out pilot using biometric authentication.

Fingerprint scanner for Pune driving licence registration 08 May 2014

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) of Pune, India, has begun using fingerprint scanners from Bioenable to register driving licence applicants in the city.

Suprema live scanners deployed for Uganda voter registration 23 April 2014

Biometric company Suprema has announced it is providing Uganda with several thousand RealScan-G10 live scanners for citizen voter identification.

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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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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