Category Archives: Projects

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 »

UK – Dezeen launches unofficial competition to redesign the UK passport with £1,000 top prize

By | February 14, 2017

Marcus Fairs | 14 February 2017 What should the UK passport look like after Brexit? Dezeen today launches a contest to come up with a new design for the citizenship document.We are looking for designs that present a positive vision of the post-Brexit UK to the world, and that represent all its citizens.There is a top prize of… Read More »

India – UIDAI Cautions Public Against Sharing of Their Personal Information with Unauthorized Agencies for Printing PVC (Plastic) Aadhaar Card

By | January 29, 2017

Government of India Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Unique Identification Authority of India Press Release UIDAI cautions public against sharing of their personal information with unauthorized agencies for printing PVC (Plastic) Aadhaar Card New Delhi, January 29 2017: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) cautions people not to fall to ploys of some unscrupulous entities who… Read More »

India – Govt to roll out e-passports with electronic chip, bio-metric security features: Report

By | January 3, 2017

January 03, 2017 After easing the norms for getting passports, the government is reportedly set to roll out stricter security measures to avoid misuse. According to a report in Economic Times, the Ministry of External Affair is expected to introduce chip-embedded e-passports which will ensure that the information can be verified electronically. The government eased the rules for… Read More »

Israel – Knesset committee extends biometric ID trial

By | December 27, 2016

A Knesset committee on Tuesday extended a controversial pilot project that offers Israeli citizens a biometric identity card, with personal details stored on a digital database. A joint meeting of the Knesset Constitution Law and Justice Committee and the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee extended the program for two months by a vote of eight to seven. The… Read More »

India: Centre to Implement e-Passports by Next Year???

By | September 27, 2016

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 27 (PTI) The Centre will roll out chip embedded e-passports, which can be incorporated with passports so that the information can be verified electronically, in the first phase by next year. Minister of state for External Affairs V K Singh said here today that fully digital passports that could be even carried in mobile phones would… Read More »

Nepal – Govt to distribute 117,000 biometric IDs in next 18 months

By | August 17, 2016

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: The government has geared up its effort to distribute biometric national identity (NID) cards to as many as 117,000 citizens within the next 18 months. The National ID Management Center (NIDMC), which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs, had signed an agreement with a French company, Safran Identity and Security, on July 15 for… Read More »

Pakistan – Global Laws on National Identity Cards

By | July 14, 2016

While it is advisable, and still not compulsory for the security-threatened Pakistani citizens to always carry the Computerized National Identity Card (NIC), which is issued at the age of 18, different countries have enacted varying laws in this context. Research conducted by the “Jang Group and Geo Television Network” by visiting the official websites of the worldwide Interior… Read More »

Morocco – ID Card to Replace Birth, Life, and Residence Certificates

By | June 23, 2016

Rabat – Thanks to the new National Electronic Identity Card known as CNIE, Moroccans will no longer need to present birth, life, citizenship, or residency certificates for official proceedings.   Mohamed Moubdie, Minister of Public Service and Administrative Modernization, addressed this during an interview with the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) in an oral question-and-answer session on June… Read More »

Gemalto Chosen to Deliver Ambitious New eID Program in Jordan

By | March 9, 2016

DUBAI, UAE – March 9, 2016 – PRLog — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, was selected by Jordan’s Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (MoICT) for the country’s ambitious new citizen ID program. Gemalto will supply the Ministry of Interior (MOI) – through OFFTEC – with its Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID cards along… Read More »

India – Government May Soon Offer SIM Cards to Tourists Arriving With E-Visa

By | February 5, 2016

Foreigners visiting India with e-tourist visa are likely to be given mobile SIM cards soon with the Home Ministry giving its in-principle approval to the proposal for promotion of tourism. The Tourism Ministry’s proposal was discussed by the Foreigners Division of the Home Ministry threadbare and given its nod as part of the larger goal of attracting more… Read More »

New Biometric Passports for the Maldives

By | January 28, 2016

DERMALOG, the biometrics innovation leader from Germany, has supplied the new biometric passports and IT system for registration and personalization of electronic passports to the Republic of Maldives. Additionally DERMALOG delivered a new border control system, including automatic gates and a high-speed AFIS (Automatic Fingerprint Identification System) to Maldives Immigration. The Maldives is the first country in the… Read More »