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  • World-First Next Generation Digital Identification Technology Created In South Africa To Combat Identity Theft

    A world-first next generation identification technology has been developed in South Africa. Photo: Bigstock By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am

    A world-first next generation identification technology has been developed in South Africa, with applications that could make it invaluable as a tool against identity theft and for law enforcement purposes. Some of Africa’s leading computervision scientists at the University of Johannesburg partnered with aiThenticate Computervision Labs to create the technology. Current identification methods such as passwords, biometrics and facial recognition continue to be thwarted by identity thieves determined to impersonate others to commit criminal acts.

  • South Africa Hosts Trials For Mastercard’s First Fingerprint Credit Card

    Mastercard's first fingerprint credit card By Dana Sanchez, 9:40 pm

    Mastercard hopes to roll out fingerprint payment cards globally by the end of 2017. South Africans’ willingness to try new technology and their familiarity with using biometrics for identification made the country an ideal market to test the payment cards. They’ll work with any card terminal around the world that accepts embedded chip technology. In the U.S., embedded chips are increasingly popular. Regulations make merchants and financial institutions liable for breaches resulting from a lack of support for chip-and-pin cards. Some merchants won’t have to get new equipment to accept fingerprint-enabled cards.

  • Fingerprint Technology Expanding In African Mobile Banking

    Identification technology By Dana Sanchez, 5:11 pm

    Biometrics have been around for years. African countries have used fingerprint biometrics for voting, but they’re relatively new in the payment space. Fingerprint login already exists in mobile banking in South Africa, Kenya, Benin and Nigeria. London-based bank Standard Chartered plans this year to bring biometric tech to mobile banking in eight African countries. The bank claims this will be a first in most markets, and the largest deployment of fingerprint biometric tech by any international bank.

  • Hopes Pinned On Air China To Boost South African Tourism

    Air China To Boost South African Tourism By Dana Sanchez, 2:10 pm

    Can Air China boost South African tourism flying a route that South African Airways cancelled earlier this year because it made no economic sense? Tourism from China is up globally, but down in South Africa. SAA says it lost 1 billion rand flying a nonstop route to Beijing for three years and pulled the plug earlier this year. Hopes are pinned on Air China to boost South African tourism with this flight.

  • Biometrics, High-Tech Can’t Stop Election Fraud In Africa

    By Dana Sanchez, 6:01 pm

    Several African countries have adopted fingerprint technology to cut down on election fraud, but as useful as biometrics could be, it’s risky, TVCNews reports. The European Union has funded most of the biometric election projects in Africa over the years and intends strengthening its participation in election monitoring, according to the report.

  • East Africa Pushing For Common Tourist Visa, Passport By 2014

    By Dana Sanchez, 12:26 pm

    Security concerns, poor infrastructure and disagreements over fee sharing have delayed plans to implement common regional tourist visas and common passports for five East African Community member countries, according to a report in AllAfrica. After multiple delays, and rescheduled – again – to begin this year, the rollout has been postponed to July 2014. The decision […]

  • Uganda To Import Thumbprint Biometrics Against Voter Fraud

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:54 pm

    Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement party and the opposition parties have accused each other of electoral malpractices.

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