Category Archives: Projects

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 »

Philippines – BSP Eyes ‘Hard Deadline’ for Shift to Chip Cards

By | April 10, 2017

The central bank said it would soon set a “hard deadline” for banks to switch to a more secure EMV chip technology for automated teller machine and credit cards from the vulnerable magnetic stripe technology. The EMV or Europay Mastercard Visa is the global standard for chip-based credit and debit transactions that makes its difficult for fraudsters to… Read More »

Aadhaar Is A Civil Liberties Issue: What India Can Learn From Countries That Resisted Biometric Databases

By | April 10, 2017

Despite several concerns over the Aadhaar database, the Government is increasingly making the card a necessity for the daily lives of Indians. There is little choice for citizens who want to avoid giving their biometric data to the Government. Applying for a PAN card, filing income tax returns, getting a drivers license, and using a SIM card will all… Read More »

East Africa: Kigali to Upgrade to E-Passport From Next Year

By | April 10, 2017

Rwanda is set to revamp its passport to include additional security features and symbols promoting the country’s tourism sector as well as its culture. The move is in line with an East African Community directive for countries to upgrade to a regional e-passport. The new passport will have an electronic chip, biometric features and hidden security pictures. “The… Read More »

USA – Alaska REAL ID Deadline Approaches

By | April 9, 2017

FAIRBANKS — Another deadline is approaching that would make Alaska driver’s licenses invalid for entry to Fort Wainwright and other military installations.  If Alaska doesn’t receive another extension for compliance with the federal REAL ID Act in the next few months, state identification cards won’t be valid starting July 11. The deadline won’t directly affect soldiers and airmen who use… Read More »

Nigeria – Long Wait for e-Passports

By | April 9, 2017

The prolonged scarcity of international passport booklets in the various immigration offices nationwide as well as foreign missions abroad has taken serious toll on Nigerians with huge implications for the economy. In this report, Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, Gbenga Omokhunu, Chris Oji, Precious Dikehowa and Ernest Nwokolo capture the agonising experiences of hapless citizens in their tireless wait for… Read More »

East African Community – e-Passport To Be Issued Early Next Year

By | April 8, 2017

The just-concluded 35th East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers’ meeting at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania has directed Partner States to commence issuance of the new regional e-passport by January 31, 2018. A statement issued after the meeting indicates that this came after the consideration of the different status of preparedness by the Partner States. “The… Read More »

UN Calls for Harmonisation of Nigeria’s Biometrics Systems

By | April 7, 2017

Senior UN officials have said that Nigeria should establish a new body responsible for a harmonised biometric ID system. UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, made the call on Friday when she received Nigeria’s delegates to the 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York. “I would raise one concern and that is… Read More »

Antigua Abandons Plan To Include Fingerprints on New e-Passport for CIP Applicants

By | April 7, 2017

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The government has abandoned its plan to add the fingerprints of new applicants to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in the e-passports that are about to be introduced. Minister of Information and Telecommunications Melford Nicholas made the announcement during the weekly post-Cabinet briefing yesterday. The minister said that although discussions were being held with… Read More »

Sri Lanka Implements New Biometric Enrollment Process for eID Cards

By | April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017 – Sri Lanka’s Department of Registration of Persons is aiming to collect the biometrics and biographical information of all citizens by the end of June, in preparation for the issuance of biometric electronic identity cards, according to a report by the Daily Mirror. P. Viyani Gunathilake, general commissioner of the Registration of Persons Department, said the old… Read More »

Antigua-Barbuda Commences Process of Issuing New ePassports

By | April 6, 2017

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The government of Antigua and Barbuda has commenced receiving application for a new electronic passport (ePassport) to be officially rolled out later this month. The ePassport, which will facilitate safe and secure travel, is becoming the international norm in travel documents. They allow for technologically advanced features including an embedded electronic chip to prevent… Read More »

Philippines – Malacañang Probes e-Passport Contract

By | April 6, 2017

MALACAÑANG is conducting its own separate investigation of the allegedly anomalous P8-billion e-passport project of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) over discovery that the project was illegally sub-contracted to a questionable private entity, according to a party-list lawmaker. The 10-year contract for the printing of passports had been awarded by the DFA to APO-Printing Unit (APO-PU), a… Read More »

Ukraine’s Passport Website Crashes After EU Votes for Visa-Free Travel

By | April 6, 2017

At a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg MEPs gave give their final approval to a visa waiver for people from Russia-bordering sovereign state. Passport holders from the country will now have up to three months visa-fee travel rights across European member states. The legislation was approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions The… Read More »

Germany – Deutsche Bank Rolls Out Mobile NFC Payments for Android Handsets

By | April 5, 2017

In a first for cash-loving Germany, Deutsche Bank has added host card emulation-based contactless payments to its Android app. Customers with NFC-enabled Android handsets will be able to link their Mastercard debit or debit card and make contactless payments of up to EUR25 by unlocking their phones and holding them against a POS terminal. For larger payments, they… Read More »