Category Archives: Projects

Nigeria to begin local production of e-passports

By | July 13, 2017

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has said that plans are underway for the domestication of the production of the Nigerian e-passport. Mr. Babandede disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Interior came on an oversight visit. He said that the NIS was working round the… Read More »

Kenya to start using digital driving licenses, NTSA

By | July 12, 2017

Early this year, the National Transport and Safety Authority of Kenya announced a proposal to launch a smart driving licenses. The move was made primarily to improve motorist safety on the roads. NTSA in March signed a Sh2.1 billion contract with the National Bank of Kenya for the manufacture and formulation of the smart licenses aimed at revolutionizing… Read More »

Philippines – ID card system for OFWs launched

By | July 12, 2017

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) launched Wednesday the national identification card system for millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the new ID system, a major component of Integrated Dole System (iDole), was a project of Dole partnered with Social Security System, Development Bank of the Philippines, and PhilPost. Abella said employers… Read More »

Kyrgyzstan starts issuing ICAO-compliant eIDs

By | July 12, 2017

Central Asian state Kyrgyzstan has begun issuing ICAO-compliant eIDs. The National Electronic Identity Card (eID) is a new generation document that certifies the identity of a citizen of Kyrgyz Republic, using an integrated circuit chip. Beginning from May 2017, the State registration service under the Kyrgyz Government had started the enrollment of applications for issuing the National electronic identification cards… Read More »

Philippines plans 2018 launch of national ID system with biometrics, EMV

By | July 12, 2017

The government of the Philippines plans to debut its national identity system in 2018, eventually serving some 105 million citizens within its first two years of availability. The Republic of the Philippines will spend some 2 billion Philippine pesos for the program’s roll-out next year, pending approval from congress. The Philippines Department of Finance plans to utilize biometric… Read More »

Gambia: Why Government Stops Issuing National Documents

By | July 11, 2017

The Minister of Interior, Mr. Mai Ahmed Fatty, has told deputies that the issuing of ID Cards has been halted by the Immigration Department. Mr. Fatty said the reason for this is because government wants to avoid the fraudulent acquisition of the document and forgery. These remarks were made in response to a question raised by the Minority… Read More »

Iran to Introduce Digital Health Card

By | July 11, 2017

Iran’s Social Security Organization (SSO), the largest insurance firm offering health services in the country, is set to offer digital health cards to digitize their services. According to the organization’s director, Taqi Nourbakhsh, the “Health Card” will ease Iranians’ access to primary healthcare services, CITNA reported. The details of how the cards will be used are still unknown.… Read More »

Eftpos Australia completes contactless debit card and mobile payments upgrade

By | July 11, 2017

Australia’s Eftpos debit card network has completed an infrastructure upgrade that will enable its partners to roll out new products and services including Eftpos Tap & Pay and Eftpos Mobile payments. The update also includes Australia’s first domestic token service provider (TSP), “complete and ready for commercial deployment.” More than a million Tap & Pay cards have now been issued… Read More »

Philippines – Palace repeats support for national ID system

By | July 11, 2017

    Malacañang on Tuesday reiterated its support for the implementation of a national identification (ID) card system in the Philippines, but it clarified that the proposal for a Muslim ID scheme was a local  initiative.   As the director of the PNP has already said, this is not a mandate coming from higher authorities,” Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesperson, said in a… Read More »

Tesco Taps Thames Card Technology For Next Gen Loyalty Clubcard

By | July 11, 2017

Thames Card Technology has completed a project with Tesco to launch the UK’s first contactless loyalty card programme. With 66% of global shoppers enrolled in loyalty programmes (Nielsen) and cardholders spending between 12-18% more than other customers (Accenture), loyalty schemes are a key differentiator for UK retailers. The completely redesigned card increases security and value for customers, and… Read More »

India – RTO to get portable smart card readers in four months

By | July 11, 2017

Keeping a track of and registering traffic offences will become easier, with the state transport department deciding to procure portable readers that can read and register the data stored in the smart card microchip. The state transport department within four months will start distributing hand-held smart card readers to Regional Transport Offices (RTOs), ten years after it introduced… Read More »

Gambia – Interior minister clears air on passports, ID cards

By | July 11, 2017

The Minister of Interior has told members of the National Assembly that based on the advice of a technical committee after series of meetings, the ministry would like to renegotiate the passport and ID cards contract with SEMLEX. In response to Samba Jallow, Minority leader and member for Niamina Dankunku, Minister Fatty explained that on the 18th February… Read More »

Australia – Transport for NSW can’t cancel biohacker’s Opal card implant because it’s not registered

By | July 10, 2017

A SYDNEY man who implanted a public transport card into his hand has performed the ultimate troll on authorities upset by the actions of the biohacker. After hearing Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow had the chip of an Opal contactless transport card implanted under the skin on his left hand, Transport for NSW attempted to cancel the account because it was a violation… Read More »

Philippines – Gov’t to allot P2 B for national ID

By | July 10, 2017

MANILA, Philippines –  The government is set to allot a budget of P2 billion for the roll-out in 2018 of the national identification (ID) system pending in Congress, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Yesterday. DOF Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said the government would implement the national ID system starting 2018  so that 105 million Filipinos can benefit… Read More »

Australia – Tap & go: Mastercard deploys contactless payments on Sydney ferries

By | July 10, 2017

Mastercard and Transport for New South Wales have introduced a contactless ticketing payment solution to Sydney Ferries that travel the F1 Manly to Circular Quay service. Commuters can now use their Mastercard contactless card or mobile wallets that have enabled Mastercard cards to pay for their fare. The aim of the solution is to save time for commuters,… Read More »

Phl the most ID-ied country

By | July 9, 2017

A few years back, there was a forum held at the Ateneo de Manila University where one of the speakers talked about how Filipinos seemed to be untrustworthy. Proof of that, the speaker who is a political science professor noted, are the requirements in many official transactions to show or provide at least two government-issued identification (ID) cards.… Read More »

USA – Kalamazoo County approves new identification card program

By | July 7, 2017

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Kalamazoo County has decided to create an identification card program for residents who lack documents needed to get a state ID. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports ( the county Board of Commissioners’ 6-5 vote Wednesday was split along party lines, but the Democratic majority approved a resolution creating the program. The resolution authorizes an initial budget of… Read More »

USA – Privasent health identity security system surpasses 20,000 users at Saint Peter’s

By | July 7, 2017

Saint Peter’s University Hospital announced today that it has enrolled more than 20,000 patients to use Privasent™, a healthcare technology focused on unique, absolute and interoperable healthcare identity. Saint Peter’s has demonstrated that Privasent’s unique and absolute identity eliminated identity errors, ensured accurate matching of electronic health records, and was embraced by patients as a means to protect… Read More »

Australia – Sydney ferries roll out contactless ticketing

By | July 6, 2017

Paying for a ferry ride is now as easy as tap-and-go, as Mastercard and Transport for NSW bring contactless ticketing payment to Sydney Ferries on the F1 Manly to Circular Quay service. In an Australian first, commuters can use their Mastercard contactless card or mobile wallets that have enabled Mastercard cards to tap on. Supporting domestic and international… Read More »

UK – London notches up one billion contactless journeys

By | July 6, 2017

The billionth journey using contactless payment has been made on London’s public transport network, Transport for London (TfL) has announced. Since the technology was introduced to the capital in December 2012 its popularity has soared. Some 40% of all pay as you go trips are now made using contactless, up from 25% early last year. Most of the… Read More »