Category Archives: Projects

Congo Rights Group Urges Attorney General to Investigate Costly Passports

By | April 23, 2017

By Tim Cocks DAKAR (Reuters) – A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas. Documents reviewed by Reuters of a 2015 deal between Congo’s government and a Belgian company called Semlex to produce biometric… Read More »

Philippines – Duterte Open to Nat’l ID Ssystem

By | April 21, 2017

MALACAÑANG on Thursday said it was studying a plan to establish a national identification system as a measure to check terrorism. In a news conference, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the establishment of a national ID system was “being considered.”  The Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) is pushing for such a measure in Congress, Abella said. “That seems… Read More »

Malawi National ID Mass Registration Commences in June

By | April 20, 2017

National Registration Bureau (NRB) under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security will from June to December 2017 be undertaking the first mass registration of Malawian citizens for issuance of national identity cards (ID). In a media statement on Wednesday, government says the mass registration is an opportunity for every Malawian to have their own national ID… Read More »

Uganda – SIM-Cards: Govt Extends Deadline Minutes Before Court Ruling

By | April 19, 2017

Government has announced an extension of the SIM-card verification exercise to May 19, 2017 from April 20. The decision to extend the deadline rendered a High Court case filed in Kampala to stop implementation of the deadline “useless”, according to court’s Assistant Registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza. The High Court ruling was read to both parties in the case at… Read More »

Heritage Bank Trials Visa Wearable For Payments

By | April 19, 2017

Queensland’s Heritage Bank has embarked on a customer trial of a Visa’s wearable payment device. Heritage has launched a wristband with an embedded chip that enables users to leave their wallet at home and make a purchase simply by “hovering” the device over a contactless payment terminal. The waterproof wristband links directly to a customer’s Visa debit account.… Read More »

Uganda – Over 7 Million Subscribers Update SIM Card Details

By | April 18, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said over 7 million subscribers have updated their SIM card details using their national identification cards as per last week’s directive. Isaac Kalembe, the UCC spokesperson said there has been a positive response towards the directive although he said more effort is needed to avoid disconnection. “By over seven million subscribers had updated… Read More »

Philippines – Will Congress Now Act on National ID System Bill

By | April 18, 2017

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday lamented how the past congresses failed to give attention to a measure he filed seeking to create a National ID (identification) Reference System. He said that he could no longer remember how many times he has filed his measure. “I can’t remember how many times I’ve filed the bill. I hope that 17th… Read More »

EAC States Told to Issue e-Passports by January

By | April 18, 2017

The East African Community member States have been instructed to begin issuing new e-Passports by January 31, 2018. This is after the 35th EAC Council of Minister’s meeting was made aware that the EAC partner States are in different stages of achieving the EA e-passport. The Council directives came on the backdrop of the 17th Ordinary Summit of… Read More »

Canadian City Laval Trials Credit Card Payments on Buses

By | April 18, 2017

Today, the Société de transport de Laval (STL) and Desjardins Group, in the presence of the Mayor of Laval, Mr. Marc Demers, announced the implementation of a new pilot project to accept credit card payments by Visa or MasterCard onboard Laval buses. These two leading Quebec companies have joined forces to bring this innovative project to life as… Read More »

Philippines – Partnered in Crime

By | April 18, 2017

Just one Malacañang official broke the odd silence of the motor-biking Duterte Harley administration on the deal for tens of millions of e-passports issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. An umbrella organization of labor unions, on the other hand, asked Congress to investigate the deal, wanting to cut down the high price of the passport that millions… Read More »

India – How To Fix Aadhaar: Destroy the database, issue a smartcard and make linking to services optional

By | April 17, 2017

  Getty Images So far, various people and agencies associated with Aadhaar have repeatedly proclaimed that the Aadhaar database is adequately secured. The list includes the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Panday, the Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who did it twice. The… Read More »

Irish Passport Applications Surge Continues

By | April 15, 2017

Applications for Irish passports from Northern Ireland and Britain have risen by 68% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Figures from the Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs showed that applications had risen by 26% overall. The department had received a record number of overall applications in 2016. There has been an… Read More »

Poland – Santander to Issue 100,000 Student Smart Cards in Poland

By | April 14, 2017

Santander Bank has partnered with universities in Poland as part of the bank’s Santander Universities branch to issue as many as 100,000 student smart cards, combining academic and payment functions on campus. The issued smart cards are part of the Santander Universities program with which Poland’s Bank Zachodni WBK wants to promote the idea of entrepreneurship among students… Read More »

USA – Lehigh installs Contactless Access Readers

By | April 14, 2017

Lehigh University has made the decision to fully transition from mag stripe to contactless door access across its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campus, and is hard at work on the next phase of campus integration. According to a report from student publication, The Brown and White, Lehigh’s IDs, Electronic Access and Locksmith (IDEAL) Office is spearheading the building access overhaul.… Read More »

Uganda: UCC Insists On 7-Day Simcard Validation Ultimatum

By | April 12, 2017

All mobile phone sim-cards must be verified and validated within seven days or risk being switched off, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned. The warning is the latest among many previous ones from the regulatory body, where it has severally threatened to deactivate unregistered sim-cards.  During yesterday’s stakeholders meeting with National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Inspector… Read More »

Dominica – Cabinet Approves Over $1M For New National ID System

By | April 12, 2017

Cabinet has approved over one point five million dollars for the funding of a new national identification system. According to a press release from the office of the Cabinet Secretary on April 10, the new system would allow all eligible electors to enroll and be issued a national identification card. Cabinet gave its prompt approval in February, after… Read More »

Countries Delay East Africa e-Passports Plan Until Next Year

By | April 12, 2017

East African Community citizens will have to wait longer for “smart” national and regional passports as member states lag a year behind schedule in delays that highlight the obstacles facing joint issuance of travel documents in Africa. East African Community partner states were supposed to begin issuing e-passports at the beginning of this year.  However,  Uganda, Rwanda and… Read More »

Belarusians to Receive Biometric Passports in 2019

By | April 12, 2017

“I think that in 2019 we will start to issue the first biometric ID-passports. The procedure for obtaining them is under control by the Interior Ministry,” Syarhei Papkou, Minister of Communications and Information, said in the BelTA press center. The State Border Committee spoke about the introduction of biometric passports already in 2013. Last year, the Ministry of… Read More »

Uganda – Only National IDs Allowed in New 7-Day UCC Sim-Card Deadline

By | April 11, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has asked all existing subscribers to update their SIM-card registration information in seven days or they will be deactivated.  National Identity Card (IDs) and passports, for the case of foreigners, will be used to verify, re-validate and re-register SIM-cards for all subscribers. This is a shift from the position UCC had taken two weeks ago, in… Read More »

Caribbean: Dominica Gov’t Approves Monies for New Secure National ID System

By | April 10, 2017

A review of the electoral process in Dominica has been the subject of discussions for some time now. The Government of Dominica has repeatedly indicated its support for the improvement of the conduct of elections and is committed to ensuring that the necessary funding, as well as the legislative and technical infrastructure are in place, to enable the… Read More »