International community is embracing biometric technology

14 November 2012

Posted by Samuel Couratin

In further evidence that governments around the world are increasingly employing biometric technology, the Senate of the Philippines has passed legislation that will require all qualified voters to register biometric information.

A bill outlining the proposals was approved by the Senate and chair of the Committee on Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III suggested it will help to reduce cheating and ensure election results are "reflective of the genuine will of the people".

Voters who have not already done so will need to provide a local election officer with information such as fingerprints, photographs and signatures.

"We can ensure that the automated fingerprint identification system, the AFIS, may be utilized to read the national voters registration of double or multiple registrants," he declared.

India is a nation that has embedded biometrics in the way in which the Government interacts with its citizens.

The country is in the process of rolling out its national identity programme, which provides every resident of the country with a unique identification number that is attached to information relating to them such as biometric data.

According to cloud-based authentication specialist Alten Calsoft Labs, the firm expects the Indian market for biometric security to provide significant growth potential over the coming years, Computerworld India reports.

The news source stated that Frost & Sullivan predicts India will see the biometrics industry climb from $50 million (£31.5 million) in 2011 to $349 million by 2014, expanding at a rate of around 48 per cent a year.

A new portal has been launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for members of the public to access various kinds of data.

The UIDAI explained in a statement that the new portal is part of a larger vision to increase the accessibility of information and improve transparency.

"Using data to enhance decision making capabilities and informed decision making is at the core of the rationale for the public portal," declared Nandan Nilekani, UIDAI Chairman.

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