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Linking biometric databases is good, say India officials. Skeptics abound

Trust in biometrics systems used by the government is in short supply in some parts of India. The Indian state of Telangana last October piloted e-voting secured by facial recognition via smartphones and blockchain ledgers on the back end. Now, politicians are on the defensive, denying they allowed the collection of personal data. There as …

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Oosto sees touchless biometrics market opportunity in law enforcement, offices

Oosto is targeting a range of verticals with its touchless face biometrics, and looking to edge out incumbent touch-based technologies. A security expert pitching facial recognition over fingerprints for law enforcement and national security applications at a recent event held by the company, and it has also produced a study on where germs are most concentrated …

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Carnegie report suggests biometrics and digital ID adoption can help South Africa’s cybersecurity

South Africa’s position as a key financial hub for Africa is being undermined by a lacklustre approach and commitment to cybersecurity, according to a new report. Addressing mobile account security by introducing biometrics is among steps that should be considered, according to an article from the Cybersecurity, Capacity Development, and Financial Inclusion project within the …

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3-year prison term for providing false biometrics under new Aadhaar penalties

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has increased the penalties for hacking, sharing, or using Aadhaar data without authorization, from Rs 10,000 (roughly US$132) to Rs 10 million (roughly $132,300), The Hindustan Times reports. The legislation first made it into law in 2019 but was only enforced by UIDAI in November 2021. It is …

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Biometrics for every stage of a more effective global COVID-19 response

A new white paper outlines the benefits and risks of integrating biometrics in response to COVID-19 in humanitarian and developing country contexts, and links the successful handling of the pandemic in more complex settings to a better overall global response to the virus. The paper discusses the cost savings, better health outcomes and benefits to …

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Interswitch introducing biometrics to ATMs to tackle banking fraud in Nigeria

Digital payments solution provider Interswitch is in the process of rolling out a new solution designed with advanced biometric features to help fight banking fraud at point-of-sale (POS) terminals and automated teller machines (ATMs) across payment ecosystems in Nigeria, reports Business Post. The technology will be rolled out thanks to Interswitch’s strategic partnership with cash …

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Biometrics capture with feature phones to boost Africa’s financial inclusion

The potential of biometrics captured on feature phones, the importance of regulatory sandboxes, and the need for more flexible identity verification requirements were discussed at length in the third part of ID4Africa’s four-part Mobile ID4D series focused on ‘Enabling Use-Cases.’ ID4Africa Executive Chairman Dr. Joseph Atick began the event by reiterating his previous call for governments …

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Researchers working on blockchain-based digital ID system to improve India’s financial landscape

Considered as Aadhaar 2.0 in some way, 14 Indian researchers are developing a new blockchain and machine learning-based digital ID and video KYC authentication system that will serve as the one-stop platform for all financial transaction requirements, thus revolutionizing the financial space. As The Times of India reports, the developers of the solution are based …

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Industry Demands, Top Key Players, Industry Analysis & Forecast 2027

The latest research repot on Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) market entails a meticulous examination of the future growth patterns of this industry with respect to major drivers, restraints, and opportunities. It includes a vivid depiction of the market augmentation history and latest trends to help businesses easily comprehend the changing environment and articulate …

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Pangea wins Jamaican multimodal biometric voter registry contract

Israel-based Pangea has won a contract to supply technology to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica to support the establishment and maintenance of a biometric voter registry. Under the tender, Pangea will provide an integrated, centralized biometric system including installation and configuration, and the commissioning of a multimodal automated biometric identification system (ABIS) to verify voters …

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