Category Archives: Projects

Zimbabwe to Launch e-Passport

By | March 11, 2017

Plans to launch an electronic passport in the country are at an advanced stage, a development that is anticipated to usher in robust standards of travel documents and international security. Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said the country is now ready to launch the e-passport. The passport production centre situated at KG6 in Harare is capable of… Read More »

Kenya to Start Issuing ePassports From April

By | March 9, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – The immigration department has announced it will roll out e-passports from April 2017. The department says the new generation passports will contain a chip that has the details and biometrics of the passport holder. “With enhanced security features, the e-passports will be tamper proof and eliminate data skimming,” the department tweeted. The e-passports… Read More »

Indonesia: The E-KTP Mess

By | March 9, 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo must act quickly to overcome the mounting problems related to the electronic ID card (e-KTP) project. Allowing the chaotic state of affairs to continue will only add to the losses incurred by the state, some Rp5.9 trillion from the cost of the project. Public service on demographic matters, which should be a priority,… Read More »

Indonesia: The e-KTP Project and SBY Annual Revision

By | March 8, 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The e-KTP (electronic identification card) project was a project initiated during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono government. Back then, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, also known as SBY, appointed Gamawan Fauzi as the Interior Affairs Minister. The purpose of the e-KTP project was to provide a single identity system to prevent the use of false identity in criminal… Read More »

OMA Emirates’ centralized card issuance solution to enable efficient and flexible services for QIIB

By | March 6, 2017

OMA Emirates Group, a provider of cutting edge technology for the payment industry has been contracted to provide a high-end in-house centralized card issuance solution to QIIB, a leading bank in Qatar. The deployment will entail a state-of-the-art EMV chip card issuance system with top of the range hardware and supported with the OMA Emirates’ suite of software… Read More »

Identifying Some 27 Million Ghanaians Biometrically

By | March 6, 2017

From Lawra to Aflao, Half Assini to Bawku, all over Ghana people will queue for an identity. Every person, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status will document his or her personal details including name, date of birth, and contact information into a single database. You will scan your fingertips and take a picture. This picture will be synced… Read More »

India – Press Release: Personal Data of Individuals Held by UIDAI is Fully Safe and Secure

By | March 5, 2017

 Press Statement 05.03.2017 During the last few days, some news items and articles have appeared in various print and social media alleging breach of Aadhaar data, misuse of biometrics, breach of privacy, and creation of parallel databases etc. The UIDAI has carefully gone into these reports and would like to emphasise that there has been no breach to… Read More »

Kenya – IEBC to start register clean-up amid integrity queries

By | March 5, 2017

The integrity of the voter register has continued to face questions ahead of the August election even as the electoral commission seeks to start cleaning it up. However, it is a task that has a long history of controversy and this time may not be different. In January, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) admitted that 78,000… Read More »

Indonesia – E-KTP Case Goes to Trial

By | March 5, 2017

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to reveal details behind alleged irregularities in the first court hearing in the electronic identity card (e-KTP) graft case on March 9 at the Jakarta Corruption Court. “We will deliver the facts that indicate irregularities in the e-KTP case, starting from budgeting procedure up to the alleged flow of funds to… Read More »

No One Can Forgery in Electronic National ID Cards Process: Baher

By | March 5, 2017

After Adjustment of the 6th Article of the Population Registration Act and adding of word “ Afghan” now Chief of the Identity and Digitalization of  Electronic National ID Cards Zemaray Baher said no one can forgery in Electronic National ID card process . Chief of the Identity and Digitalization of Electronic National ID Cards Zemaray Baher said, “There… Read More »

Thailand – Don says e-passport stock won’t run out

By | March 3, 2017

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Friday reaffirmed that the e-passport issuance service will continue as usual despite earlier reports the ministry was set to run out of passports. Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Friday reaffirmed that the e-passport issuance service will continue as usual despite earlier reports the ministry was set to run out of passports. “We have… Read More »

Details: Singapore’s new digital identity scheme

By | March 3, 2017

The Singapore Government is looking at three key features for its new digital identity system, Minister in charge of Smart Nation, Vivian Balakrishnan has revealed. “I have asked the team to look at three features in the short term,” he said in Parliament yesterday. “One, to include biometric elements; two, to enable encryption; and three, to have open… Read More »

UK – First UK ePassport Gates opened in Paris

By | March 3, 2017

The British Ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn and the Director-General of Border Force, Sir Charles Montgomery opened the UK’s first overseas ePassport Gates on 2 March 201. In a ceremony at the UK’s border control at Paris Gare du Nord, the Ambassador hailed the positive changes the gates would bring to passengers. ePassport Gates use the latest technology… Read More »

Thailand – Foreign Ministry reassures on issuance of e-passports as deadline looms

By | March 2, 2017

March 02, 2017 THE ISSUANCE of e-passports for Thai citizens will continue as usual, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday after reports that passports would be unavailable within three days after the contract with a consortium of outsourcing companies expires. Two years ago, the ministry signed a contract with the outsourcing companies to issue passports, stipulating that the company… Read More »

Israel – Knesset approves making biometric ID cards mandatory

By | February 28, 2017

Final version of law will obligate citizens to put facial recognition information in national database, but not necessarily fingerprints The Knesset on Monday passed a controversial law that will obligate all Israeli citizens to obtain biometric ID cards, with their personal information being stored in a national database. Proponents of the law say it is necessary to prevent… Read More »

Kuwait – New e-Passport Meets International Standards – Ministry of Interior

By | February 28, 2017

KUWAIT Feb 28 (KUNA) — Kuwait’s new electronic passport (e-passport) complies with the highest international security standards. the Ministry of Interior (Mol) announced on Tuesday. In a press conference. the Mol’s Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah said that the ministry has begun issuing the e-passports to coincide with the country’s national festivities.… Read More »

UK – New UK passport “likely to become a defining symbol of Britain’s new identity”

By | February 27, 2017

Marcus Fairs | 27 February 2017 How do you design a passport? How do you prevent forgeries? And why do they all look the same? Following the launch of our Brexit passport design competition we spoke to Julian Payne, creative director at the world’s biggest producer of passports and banknotes. Payne heads a design team of 22 people… Read More »

Alaskan Tribe Upgrades for More Secure ID Control

By | February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017 The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) is a federally recognised tribe and they were looking to upgrade their ID card system to meet their new requirements and to make the system more secure.  With over 30,000 enrolled tribal citizens eligible to receive a citizenship identification (ID) card the… Read More »

Liberia – House Reviews Launch Of National ID Card System

By | February 22, 2017

The House of Representatives is reviewing the option to allot funds for the production and release of national identification (ID) cards for all Liberians. The House’s Committees on State Enterprise, Judiciary and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning have been tasked with seeking expert opinion and to advice Plenary in two weeks (Tuesday, March 7). The Joint Committee… Read More »

Jamaica – Establishment of national identification agency to commence 2017/18

By | February 21, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Establishment of the Jamaica National Identification Agency (JNIA) is to commence in the 2017/18 fiscal year. This is one of the activities to be undertaken as the Government moves to develop a National Identification System (NIDS) that supports secure, reliable and robust verification and authentication of citizens and persons normally resident in Jamaica. A… Read More »