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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Interpol calls for enhanced biometric data sharing 10 November 2016

Global crime-fighting organisation Interpol has said the unprecedented threat posed globally by the volume of foreign terrorist fighters operating in conflict zones has raised the need to share biometric data across countries.


Aadhaar architect praises firms for biometric KYC plans 12 September 2016

Nandan Nilekani, who designed India’s biometrics-backed unique ID project, the Aadhaar number, has lauded new companies that plan private sector applications using the identity technology.


Aadhaar faces fresh legal challenge in India 06 September 2016

A privacy campaigner in India has launched a renewed legal effort to ensure that the government does not make a biometric-backed unique ID scheme mandatory for all initiatives.


India startup developing iris-enabled POS 01 September 2016

Indian fin-tech startup Simpal Mobile Payments and Information Services plans to tap into the opportunities presented by iris authentication at point of sale.


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India startup developing iris-enabled POS 01 September 2016

Indian fin-tech startup Simpal Mobile Payments and Information Services plans to tap into the opportunities presented by iris authentication at point of sale.


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.


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.


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Latest features

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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