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More than 1,300 DactyScan84n have been delivered to the Mexican authorities in charge of deploying the devices throughout the country to biometrically register voters. “We are pleased to participate in this forward-looking biometric enrolment project. The initiative, currently undertaken by the Federal Election Institute, will bring enormous benefits to a vast number of Mexican voters," said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic.
DactyScan84n is an FBI IAFIS IQS Appendix F certified 10-print Livescan already used in many countries for Government ID and Law Enforcement projects.
Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) announced today that it is rolling out its iris scanning technology to create what it calls "the most secure city in the world." In a partnership with Leon -- one of the largest cities in Mexico, with a population of more than a million -- GRI will fill the city with eye-scanners.
"In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris," says Jeff Carter, CDO of Global Rainmakers. Before coming to GRI, Carter headed a think tank partnership between Bank of America, Harvard, and MIT. "Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years," he says.
Leon is the first step. To implement the system, the city is creating a database of irises. Criminals will automatically be enrolled, their irises scanned once convicted. Law-abiding citizens will have the option to opt-in. "There's a lot of convenience to this--you'll have nothing to carry except your eyes," says Carter, claiming that consumers will no longer be carded at bars and liquor stores. And he has a warning for those thinking of opting out: "When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in."
The president of Mexico received one of the more unusual gifts given by the Queen during an incoming state visit today - a copy of the classic dystopian novel 1984. At Buckingham Palace, Felipe Calderon was presented with a first edition of George Orwell's nightmarish book, which tells of a totalitarian regime and coined the concept Big Brother. The 1949 book was boxed in leather by the bindery at Windsor. A Palace spokeswoman said: "Apparently the president really admires George Orwell."
Biometric register for 2012 elections is coming on: The chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Djan, has stated that the commission is vigorously going on with the processes of ensuring that it secures a biometric registration system for the 2012 general election.
Philippines OKs biometric election registration: A bill that seeks to introduce biometric identity authentication into elections in the Philippines has passed the country’s House of Representatives following a third reading, according to a Manila Bulletin article.
Brazil and Biometric Elections: The use of biometric voter verification in Brazil's national voter system began in 2008 and is scheduled to be cover all voters in 2018. Voting is compulsory in Brazil.
The Brunei Times: The government has agreed in principle to provide allocations for the Election Commission (EC) to implement the biometric voter verification system, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday.
Haiti's Biometric Elections: In order to vote, every Haitian over the age of eighteen must register for a new national identification card, which will replace previous forms of identification. After the elections, the card will become mandatory for all Haitians, linking them to government services and financial records.
Malaysia to use biometric system for voters in elections: Kuala Lumpur, Jun 21 (PTI) Malaysia will use the biometric system, similar to the one currently used by the country''s Immigration Department, in the next general elections to avoid accusation of phantom votes.
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president, has made the $580m list the costly centrepiece of his pledge to oversee proper polls this spring. The ruling People’s Democratic Party, on whose ticket Mr Jonathan is running, has won three elections since army rule ended in 1999, all marred by violence and fraud. Nigeria’s election commission is now working on a snazzy biometric list, complete with photographs and fingerprints. During a three-week registration drive that ended on February 7th, the commission says over 65m voters had their pictures taken and their fingers scanned.
Mexico plans to start enrolling 110 million citizens into its national ID card program this summer. The program will be among the first to capture iris, fingerprint and facial biometrics for identification, says Terry Hartmann, vice president of identity solutions at Unisys.