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The Global Rise Of Biometric ID Cards

Published on February 7, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

The global rise of national biometric ID cards


The use of biometric national identity cards, using rfid chip technology, is continuing to grow around the world. 

One man has recently become the very first person able to board a plane due to an rfid chip implanted into his hand. reports:

Around the world there are various endeavorsin many countries which are seeking to promote rfid technology and biometric identification.

According to a report in 2014 by Acuity Market Intelligence, it was estimated that in five years, roughly half of the world population will be registered with national biometric identification cards.

The program has already been well underway in many countries for years now and it continues to grow.

In India, they have a national ID program known as the Aadhaar Initiative, and this national registry contains the biographic and biometric data on every enrolled citizen. Participation in the program is voluntary, and one of the benefits that has been attracting citizens to sign-up is the promise of universal health care. The program has been collecting biometric data on the face, iris, and fingerprint of those who join. There are extensive national fingerprint databases also within South Africa, Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS) headed by the NEC Corporation. It is claimed that HANIS was implemented in an attempt to move away from the paper system, instead replacing it with a digital database. Various police agencies have also implemented biometric systems to record the finger and palm prints of convicted criminals, along with iris scan.

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