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.

Latest News Headlines

Intel invests in Chinese iris recognition firm 22 October 2014

Chipmaker giant Intel has invested in a Chinese biometrics firm in the first tranche of a China-focused investment fund.

Pakistan planning border biometrics scans to tackle trafficking 17 October 2014

Pakistan is planning to install a new biometric system at border gates following a high-profile human trafficking scandal.

Kenyan officials defend ‘ghost worker’ biometric scheme 15 October 2014

Kenyan officials have said a plan to register civil servants on a biometric scheme does not intend to victimise workers.

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Indian city to use Aadhaar numbers to clean voter lists 14 October 2014

India’s election commission plans to clean voter lists in Telangana state’s Hyderabad city by linking them to Aadhaar identity numbers.

Invixium in Indian distribution deal with Ingram Micro 13 October 2014

Invixium Access' IXM product line of access control solutions are to be distributed in India by Ingram Micro India.

Professor developing biometric vaccination registry 06 October 2014

A computer science professor from Michigan State University is developing a system that match childrens' vaccinations schedule with their fingerprint records.

Nigerian official: Biometric ID card could become passport 03 October 2014

An official from the department that manages Nigeria’s e-Identity card says it could be used in place of passports.

Fingerprint sensors hit India’s budget smartphone market 02 October 2014

India’s Xolo has become the latest Indian smartphone manufacturer to feature a fingerprint sensor on its devices.

Aadhaar architect wins innovation prize 30 September 2014

The Economist magazine has honoured the Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician Nandan Nilekani with an award for his stewardship of India’s unique id project.

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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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