A series of major biometric projects, deployments and investments have been unveiled in the most read articles on Biometric update this week, including a passport rollout and multiple issuance extensions, and a World Bank loan to the Philippines. Positive contract details for Infineon and Idemia have come to light, while the sale of VisionLabs and a bond issue by Fingerprint Cards reflect market confidence, despite less good news for SenseTime, Huawei and Kronos.
Top biometric news of the week
Biometric passports have been launched in Zimbabwe, but the $ 120 price tag draws strong criticism, as Malawi terminated its contract and seeks a local supplier to quickly resume its launch, and Nigeria will attempt to serve its diaspora with the issuance. identity documents. . For next year, Ireland plans to issue new passports to a third of its population, and Pakistan plans to issue improved travel documents.
Digital health card verification tools are reaching adoption phase, but interoperability remains uncertain, as the audience heard from an APSCA webinar on digital health cards. The first in a series of webinars included presentations from representatives of WHO, IATA, CommonCheck and the European Commission.
A city in South Korea will test the use of facial recognition on more than 10,000 public CCTV cameras as part of its tracking and tracing program for COVID-19. An opposition political party has spoken out against the pilot project, and while the system promises to save workers many hours of investigation, public confidence in the security of identity data held by the government of the country has recently been shaken.
The pace of multi-million dollar biometrics investments continues with a telecommunications subsidiary taking over Sberbank’s VisionLabs, which wants to focus its biometric efforts on STC, and a $ 33 million bond issue by Fingerprint Cards. Totm sold a pair of telecommunications assets as it continues its pivot to biometrics, but SenseTime’s planned IPO did not go through, due to another round of U.S. sanctions.
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As part of an even larger investment, the Philippines is getting $ 600 million from the World Bank in the form of a loan for various areas of development, including digital identity infrastructure. PhilSys, the national identification system, will receive a boost, and its SIM registry requirement has passed one of its latest legislative hurdles.
TSA is set to get more funding, possibly for its biometrics programs, thanks to the latest executive order from the Biden administration, and DHS has awarded $ 2.5 million to Vanderlande Industries to work on passenger screening technology air travel for TSA. Paravision’s Carl Gohringer says expanding the digital frontier is the future, but right now Amadeus, Amazon, and Clear have all announced deployments.
Infineon and MK Smart provide the technology for Vietnam’s new digital identity card, which will store biometric data in accordance with ICAO standards. Infineon’s Coil on Module packaging enables MK Smart to produce boards more easily and at lower cost.
A previously reported deal with Idemia providing Australian law enforcement with an AFIS is worth twice as much as the original estimate. A trio of contacts related to the biometric system totals nearly $ 180 million over 13 years, according to government documents. The contracts represent Australia’s second attempt to modernize its current system.
Innovatrics Founder and CEO JÃ¡n Lunter has some tips for implementing biometrics in bank banking systems in a guest post. Selfie biometric error rates still tend to be around 1%, writes Lunter, and changing customer expectations for simplicity, speed and degree of personalization are forcing service providers to reconsider their workflows.
A mine of documents suggesting not only complicity, but at least an attempt to participate in biometric surveillance, including of ethnic minorities, by Huawei has been revealed by the Washington Post. The slides appear to be presentations to police or government agencies in China, although the company claims they are unaware of the material.
A ransomware attack destroyed some Kronos cloud software, disrupting time and attendance biometric systems and apparently shattering some customer data, although biometric data has yet to be reported among the stolen data. Service may not be fully restored for several weeks, depending on the company.
The Diego Beekman Mutual Housing complex in New York City uses live security cameras with facial recognition to monitor building lobbies, small business entrances and sidewalks, and residents are telling the city (via Bronx Hours) they are satisfied customers. The tenants have repossessed the buildings due to the negligence of the former owner and, unlike the response to a deployment to Brooklyn a few years ago, describe a renaissance in their neighborhood, supported by a biometric security system to which they s ‘scored with a shot in the head at 12 years old.
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