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 doctors given biometric ID cards 28 April 2016

New doctors in India’s southern Karnataka state are being given biometric ID cards to prevent impostors from defrauding patients.


Bangladesh govt warns on fingerprint misuse 04 April 2016

Bangladeshi authorities have warned that mobile operators can be fined up to 3 billion taka (US$38.3 million) for misuse of subscribers’ fingerprints gathered as part of a verification scheme.


Ghana to pilot biometric voter registration 10 March 2016

Ghana’s electoral commission plans to hold a  biometric registration pilot this weekend in preparation for a real vote.


Dermalog biometric solution tackles fraud in Nigeria 09 March 2016

German biometrics firm Dermalog has reported that its solutions have helped Nigeria identify more than 23,000 public service employees who either did not exist with their recorded name or were receiving their salary unlawfully.  


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Dermalog biometric solution tackles fraud in Nigeria 09 March 2016

German biometrics firm Dermalog has reported that its solutions have helped Nigeria identify more than 23,000 public service employees who either did not exist with their recorded name or were receiving their salary unlawfully.  


Lawyer urges Bangladesh to pause biometric SIM plan 04 March 2016

A Supreme Court lawyer in Bangladesh has served a legal notice urging the country to halt biometric registration for SIM cards, claiming that it violates privacy.


India mulls Aadhar requirement for mobile connections 25 February 2016

Indian telecoms regulator TRAI has recommended that the Department of Telecom (DoT)  allow electronic KYC of the country’s biometrics-backed Aadhaar ID as one of the valid documents for getting a new mobile connection.


Aware reports revenue boost in fourth quarter results 10 February 2016

Biometric solutions firm Aware has reported that revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $6.9 million, an increase of 61% compared to $4.3 million in the same quarter last year.


Biometrics expert handed US honour 10 February 2016

Renowned biometrics expert Anil Jain has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.


Lagos begins biometric verification process for pensioners 09 February 2016

The state government for Lagos in Nigeria has launched a biometric verification exercise for pensioners designed to prevent fraud and ensure welfare is reaching them.


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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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