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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Citi launches voice authentication for Asia-Pacific customers 19 May 2016

Hong Kong-based bank Citi has revealed that  voice biometrics authentication has been implemented in its Taiwan contact centres, with Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore to follow in the upcoming weeks.


FacePhi secures contract with Guatemalan bank for face solution 16 May 2016

Facial recognition specialist Facephi has won a contract to provide its facial recognition technology to a bank in Guatemala.


Nuance targets doubling of customer base in India 10 May 2016

Voice biometrics and recognition firm Nuance has said it wants to double its number of major customers in India.


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.


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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.  


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.


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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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