India starts tender process for nationwide ePassport scheme

Five years after initiating the first phase of the ePassport scheme in India, the government is reported to move on the roll out of the much anticipated next phase. Piloted in 2008, ePassports were issued initially to diplomats and other high-level officials. Now, after a successful, albeit long, trial period, the responsible Ministry of External…

Pushing Aadhaar usage: UIDAI launches three new authentication services

Developing on its vision of “Empowering residents of India with a unique identity and a digital platform to authenticate anytime, anywhere”, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) unveiled three new Aadhaar-enabled services and announced the establishment of first set of permanent enrolment centres (Aadhaar Kendras). The services that were launched are: Authentication services using Iris,…

Expansion: G&D opens new personalization center in India

Giesecke & Devrient India opened a new personalization facility for EMV smart cards in Chennai, which, when fully staffed, will employ around 85 people. This high-tech investment is to solidify G&D’s success in India. The Chennai branch will offer Indian banks and financial institutions a comprehensive range of services to help achieve the complex migration…

Gemalto achieves 25 million milestone for e-Driver’s licenses delivered to India

Gemalto has delivered over 25 million e-Driver’s Licenses and Vehicle Registration Certificates to India. The company has been providing these Sealys secure e-documents to multiple states across India since 2003. The Sealys smart card solution combines with the automation of business processes at decentralized regional transport offices and state level transport registers. This enables the…

VIDEO: Digital Identity For A Billion People? Inside India’s Incredible UID Initiative

This video is a real find. It is 47 minutes long but it is the most comprehensive account of the UID program we have come across. In an April 23rd, 2012 plenary to the NYU Stern UC Class of 2015, Professor Arun Sundararajan describes India's fascinating digital identity initiative, shares video clips of his conversations…

Indian biometrics market to grow 42 % by 2014 according to latest report

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available: Biometrics Market in India 2010-2014 TechNavio's analysts forecast the Biometrics market in India to grow at a CAGR of 42.4 percent over the period 2010-2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the implementation of biometrics in large-scale government projects. The…

UIDAI’s biometric technology ready to achieve scale and high accuracy for country’s 1.2 billion populations

The UIDAI released a report titled “The Role of Biometric technology in Aadhaar Enrollment” which confirms the high degree of accuracy of biometrics used in the UID project in the context of large scale enrolments across India. This dispels the fear that the use of biometric technology in the Indian context would be unreliable and…

India issues 100 millionth UIDAI number and reaches important milestone

Morpho  announced that its technology played a support role in enabling the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to close 2011 with an important milestone of issuing its 100 millionth unique identification or Aadhaar number. The issuing of numbers continues to proceed at a good pace with one million being enrolled per day, a significant…