Australian government should do more on identity assurance, says NICTA

Australian Government agencies must adopt identity authentication techniques, according to a new report by the agency which advises the public sector on ICT. A white paper from National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) said that using these tools will verify that people on the website are citizens, and allow them greater flexibility in how they access government digital services.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5805-australian-government-should-do-more-on-identity-assurance-says-nicta

St George turns on fingerprint login for Apple iOS Internet banking

St George Bank has activated Touch ID login for its iOS mobile application following the successful implementation and trials of the biometric technology by subsidiary, Bank of Melbourne. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users who own a St George account can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to log into the app rather than typing account details each time. Support for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to go live “in the coming months”.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/558153/st-george-turns-fingerprint-login-apple-ios-internet-banking/

Government authentication services made available at Manila malls

Citizens in Metro Manila, the Philippines, can now authenticate their documents at satellite offices in four malls across the city, the Department of Foreign Affairs has announced.  Previously, citizens needing an official stamp had to visit the consular office. Now, the same service is made available at malls from Monday to Saturday.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4702-government-authentication-services-made-available-at-malls

Singapore customs considers iris scanning at borders

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore told local media that they are exploring iris scanning as a potential technology to complement its existing biometrics system.  Currently, Singapore citizens, permanent residents and work pass holders who have registered their fingerprints in the country’s national database can clear immigration through automated gates.  The proposals will allow the authority to evaluate if the technology is ready and suitable to be used at the checkpoints.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4700-singapore-customs-considers-iris-scanning-at-borders

India’s biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015. The status of the project was in doubt when a new federal government was voted in last May, as the winning Bharatiya Janata Party had said during the election campaign that it would review the program. The new target signals the new government’s backing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which was largely seen as a project of the previous government led by the Congress party.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-biometric-id-project-is-back-on-track/

India’s biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015. The status of the project was in doubt when a new federal government was voted in last May, as the winning Bharatiya Janata Party had said during the election campaign that it would review the program. The new target signals the new government’s backing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which was largely seen as a project of the previous government led by the Congress party.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-biometric-id-project-is-back-on-track/

Foxconn to invest in signature technology developer AirSig

Foxconn Electronics will invest US$2 million to acquire a 10% stake in AirSig, a Taiwan-based developer of digital signing technology, and apply the technology to information security for mobile devices, according to AirSig. Prior to the investment, Foxconn also invested in Norway-based Next Biometrics to acquire fingerprint identification technologies.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140903PD208.html

Could fingerprint scans replace Queensland’s Go Card?

Within the next 15 years, Queenslanders could find their humble Go Card transformed into a loyalty card, a way of paying for bikes and taxis, or even phased out altogether in favour of a mobile phone or a simple fingerprint scan before boarding a train. The Queensland Government’s contract with current Go Card operator Cubic Transportation Systems is coming to an end, and the state’s transport department is scouring the market for new capabilities that have become available since Go Card went live in 2007.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389986,could-fingerprint-scans-replace-queensland8217s-go-card.aspx

The “Future of Authentication” at COMPUTEX Taipei, Asia’s Largest and the World’s Second Largest ICT Show

FIDO Alliance visionary Ramesh Kesanupalli will present the “Future of Authentication” on June 4th at COMPUTEX TAIPEI. FIDO Alliance members EgisTec, Nok Nok Labs, and others will follow Mr. Kesanupalli in a panel discussion regarding FIDO authentication. COMPUTEX TAIPEI is among the world’s leading platforms for introducing ICT procurement, new products, and technology applications. Every year top ICT elites, innovators, and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world gather to showcase the most advanced and innovative ICT products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3098962