Smart cities require smart legislation

A key priority for government is to develop legislation designed to protect and secure the digital identities ingrained in the smart infrastructure of Australia’s cities.

DFAT biometrics panel spans across agency borders

By Paul Hemsley The federal government is looking to deepen its use of facial and voice recognition technology for producing and issuing travel documents through the Australian Passport Office (APO). The APO, which operates under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued a request for tender that seeks “specialised biometric support” in […]

Digital Mailbox or Virtual Australia Card? Australia Post’s big gamble

Analysis: Julian Bajkowski The prospect of a single national identity credential being issued to all Australians has reignited after a senior executive at Australia Post suggested that it would be “wonderful” if a future Coalition government put in place a “mandate” for government agencies to use its new digital mailbox service. The comments, attributed to […]

Big biometric upgrade for Immigration

By Julian Bajkowski The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has gone to market for a substantial upgrade of its biometric identification systems that use facial recognition and fingerprinting systems to electronically check-up on prospective entrants to Australia. Tender documents released to the market reveal that Immigration authorities are seeking to buy commercial-off-the-shelf technology that will […]

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