Governments, social institutions, law enforcement, military, and commercial entities across the world are discovering that Integrated Biometrics products are more ideal for mobile environments than traditional silicon or optical sensors. The different ways our enrollment and verification solutions for electronic devices are being used are different and impressive.
Integrated Biometrics is providing 13,000 + of its award-winning Watson Minis to help register and enroll eligible voters in Brazil and Brazilian consulate offices worldwide. The enrollment process has a target completion date of 2017.
The fingerprint scanners are part of a biometric kit provided by Akiyama Soluções Tecnológicas (Akiyama), the exclusive distributor of Integrated Biometrics products in Brazil, which was recently selected by the country’s Tribunal Superior Eleitoral to service this voter registration project. The kit includes the necessary equipment and software to register and enroll voters and is part of the country’s efforts to assure security and reduce potential for fraud. Biometric scanning of fingerprints is expected to be required in future elections.
Brazil has been at the forefront of the electronic voting movement since the late 1990’s, and became the first country to have elections by an electronic voting system in 2000. Voter verifiability is one of the main security issues, with movement toward developing convenient, mobile voter ID systems to reach rural areas.
In 2015, the Pakistan Education Department began a project targeting 150,000 educators to capture a highly accurate, high-resolution analog image of each teacher’s fingerprints and match them to a database to address massive fraud related to the country’s “ghost schools” problem.
Abandoned due to Taliban attacks, yet still receive government funding, an estimated 7,000 of these abandoned institutions are spread throughout Pakistan’s countryside. Teachers, especially women, have fled the dangerous conditions although the government continues to pay their salaries.
Using Integrated Biometrics fingerprint scanners, government vans are making their way through rock-filled dirt roads and pulling into town after town, setting-up shop by local schools. Officials pan out and gather teachers for quick, accurate electronic fingerprinting enrollment and verification.
The Pakistan teacher registration effort is aligned with the World Bank Digital IDs for Development program, part of the organization’s Identification for Development (ID4D) initiative, which is relying heavily on the development of mobile technology which supports biometric identification such as fingerprints to provide access to free or low-cost access to widely accepted, robust identity credentials.
Global financial markets take note: Mexico is breaking ground on a reliable way to use mobile fingerprint biometrics to cut down on fraud while saving institutions millions of dollars on phony payouts and prosecutions of con artists, identity thieves and malingerers.
And the Watson Mini from Integrated Biometrics is at the cutting edge of this effort.
FIMPE, an organization working with banks and other financial institutions to promote and extend the benefits of access to electronic payments, is looking using biometrics to facilitate proper identification of individuals for electronic payments, such as the delivery of government subsidies, as well as other payments. They may be using smart cards and fingerprint readers, or some other mechanism of validation, all in an effort to mitigate identity theft by individuals looking to scam the system.
Organizations FIMPE is working with on this effort include AFORES, which are private financial institutions in charge of the administration and investment of retirement savings. The Mexican AFORES are regulated and supervised by the National Commission for the Pension System (CONSAR) whose main objective is to regulate AFORES.
In order for the benefit payouts to work with as little fraud as possible, CONSAR needs tools and processes to strictly review the operational areas of AFORE with regard to checking the authenticity of the documents issued and, above all , monitoring the Agent Promoter through their fingerprint, in order to prevent and detect irregular practices.
The unique aspect of how Mexico is addressing this situation is the door-to-door aspect. With so many retirees living in rural areas, it can be difficult and unreliable to ask them to travel to a central bank or government institution to register for payments. As a result, Mexican officials are using lightweight, mobile fingerprint scanners that fit in the palm of your hand to register retired Mexican workers at their homes, bringing identity management to the individuals.