A recent report from PoliceOne.com details how police officers use biometrics to identify criminals or victims without plastic ID cards in their possession.
ID News Archive for October, 2010
Mobile commerce is becoming increasingly popular as a method for electronic payments, banking and other financial pursuits. However, security professionals have struggled to develop adequate systems to authenticate users and verify their identity.
Over the course of the past few weeks, citizens have been questioning the logic behind Brisbane’s plastic cards for public transportation. While the Go cards were not opposed inititally, some of the policies surrounding the ticket were questioned. The city has come to its final decision on policies, and plans to move forward on the smartcard project.
Bangalore, India’s technology and communications hub, is currently locked in a tight race against Pune to be the first city in India to deploy a contactless smartcard system in its public bus infrastructure.
Through a Public Consultations Findings report, the Canadian Passport department has been listening to the opinions of Canada’s citizens when it comes to the safety and service provided by the country’s passport. This year’s report focused heavily on Canada’s ePassport system, which users supported.
India has tried, to no avail, to connect its various transit systems in the past. A variety of plastic ID cards and ticketing programs have been attempted, but none of them could offer the levels of accessibility, cost-efficiency and security necessary to work in such a large, densely populated country.
Brisbane, Australia may be forced to further delay the implementation of its new transit smartcard program due to fears regarding how the system would affect tourists and others who only occasionally use the service.
In an effort to catch up with much of the rest of the world, Trinidad and Tobago has announced the implementation of a smartcard system for its banking and merchant transactions throughout the country.
Colin McGeachy, a biometrics specialist with a Canadian firm, said the Caribbean is the region of the world with the most complete biometric passport system while speaking at a recent biometrics event in London.
In an effort to improve living conditions in the rural parts of the country, India has been working to employ citizens through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The program’s deployment, however, has been marred by poor infrastructure, limited support and issues confirming the identity of workers, the Wall Street Journal reports.