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27 January 2015

Face Technologies awarded the Swaziland Public Service Pension Fund Biometric Registration and Verification Tender

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that after a tender evaluation process we have been awarded the Swaziland Public Service Pension Fund Biometric Registration and Verification tender. This tender requires that we provide a customised solution that will be used to biometrically register the Funds pensioners and issue them with a PVC card immediately after registration. The fund member’s biometric data will be integrated with the existing Funds member data. Face Technologies is extremely proud to have been awarded this tender as it will assist the Fund in providing improved services to its members.

July 2014

Face Technologies has been contracted to provide the solution for Biometric registration of Kenya Civil Servants

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that we have been contracted to provide the solution for the biometric registration of all Kenya Civil Servants.

This contract requires that we provide the mobile registration stations, customised software and capturing staff for the digital registration of the estimated 400 000 Civil Servants. The registration period will initially be over a two month period. The project requires extensive interaction with the Kenya Ministry of Public Service.

September 2014

Face Technologies awarded the Electoral Commission of Namibia Voter Verification Equipment tender

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that after an extensive tender evaluation process and very stiff international competition, we have been awarded the ECN tender.

This tender requires that we provide the ECN with 2 800 Mobile Hand held Voter Verification devices, together with customised software, training and onsite support.  The contract also requires that we load the ECN Voters roll data on the devices. This includes text data as well as biometric data.

The project has extremely tight deadlines which requires that Face Technologies deliver the software and equipment within 30 days. This was to ensure that the solution would be used in the November 2014 Elections.

These tight deadlines were met and Face Technologies was extremely proud of the solution that it provided to the ECN.

January 2014

Face Technologies has been contracted to provide the solution for Biometric registration of all Uganda Civil Servants

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that we have been contracted as the technical partner to provide the solution for the biometric registration of all Uganda Civil Servants.

This contract requires that we provide the mobile registration stations, customised software and capturing staff for the digital registration of the estimated 350 000 Civil Servants. The project requires extensive interaction with the Uganda Ministry of Public Service and other Government Ministries.

07 February 2013

Face Technologies awarded the Kingdom of Swaziland Electoral Boundaries Commission Turnkey Election Management System tender

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that after an extensive tender evaluation process that included stiff competition, we have been awarded the EBC tender.

This tender requires that we provide the EBC with turnkey solution for the digital registration of their estimated 600 000 voters. The solution includes the provision of 500 Mobile Registration Stations, Voters’ ID cards which are printed and issued to the voters immediately after registration, an Electoral Management system and 250 Mobile Voter Verification devices. Extensive training, skills transfer, support and maintenance is also included in the contract.

The Voters Roll data will be processed by Face Technologies AFIS Bureau to check for duplicate voter registrations.

Face Technologies will be providing its new state-of-the-art Electoral Solution for this project which has taken us to a new level in terms of voter registration and Voters Roll Management technology which we can be very proud of.

06 November 2012

Kenya IEBC Voter Identification Devices Tender awarded to Face Technologies

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that after a tender evaluation process and stiff international competition, we have been awarded the Kenya IEBC Voter Identification Devices tender.

Face Technologies developed a new state of the art, mobile device that will be provided for this project. The contract requires that we provide 30 000 of these devices as well as customised software, training, skills transfer and support to the IEBC staff.

30 March 2012

Namibia Electoral Commission Voters Registration Tender awarded to Face Technologies

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that after a tender evaluation process and stiff competition, we have been awarded the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Voters’ Registration tender.

Face Technologies developed a new state-of-the-art mobile registration station along with a mobile PVC type card printer for this project which has taken us to a new level in terms of mobile battery powered digital voters registration technology which we can be extremely proud of.

01 August 2011

Face Technologies wins the Sierra Leone NEC Voters’ Registration Tender

Face Technologies is extremely proud to announce that after an extensive tender evaluation process and very stiff international competition, we have been awarded the Sierra Leone NEC Voters’ Registration tender.  

The tender requires that 800 mobile digital registration stations with customised registration software and 800 portable generators be delivered to the NEC in Freetown.  Training and skills transfer as well as onsite support and maintenance for the NEC whilst they register their estimated 3-4 million voters is also included in the contract. The project has extremely tight deadlines which requires that Face Technologies deliver the software and registration equipment in less than 3 months.

Face Technologies developed a new state-of-the-art mobile registration station for this project which has taken us to a new level in terms of mobile battery powered digital registration technology which we can be extremely proud of.

7 December 2010

Face Technologies Wins Quality Crown Award

London: On 29 November 2010, Face Technologies received the International Quality Crown Award from the Madrid-based Business Initiative Directions and the USA-based Quality Crown (QC 100) at the 22nd International Quality Crown London Convention.

This award is presented to companies that distinguish themselves through the quality of their solutions and/or products and is based upon specific criteria that include customer satisfaction, benchmarking and leadership.

Over 50 countries were represented at this event and in many cases there were more than one award recipient per country. There were only two candidate companies from South Africa, Face Technologies being one of them.

Some background on the award process:

What does the award acknowledge?

The International Quality Crown Award (IQC) of Business Initiative Directions (BID) is presented in recognition of those companies or organisations in different countries that further their reputation and position by implementing and promoting quality culture. The award, therefore, recognises and encourages the contribution of companies and organisations to quality, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction, as well as improving relations with employees, suppliers and all those associated with the company.

How are candidate companies selected?

The members of the International Committee for Selection of Candidates are responsible for researching and selecting companies to be nominated for the BID IQC Award. The Committee is made up of company leaders from more than 90 countries who meet annually in Paris, New York, Frankfurt and Geneva. Their votes are analysed against results obtained from the internet, as well as information from various chambers of commerce, embassies and media. All these guarantee a careful selection of nominated companies and final presentation of candidates.

What are the selection criteria?

Customer satisfactionQualityBusiness excellence
BrandInnovationISO 9000
R&DEnvironmentTQM implementation
MarketingProfitabilityLeadership
Continuing educationRecyclingPermanent Growth
ManagementPost sales service 

How does the final selection of candidates take place?

The members of the International Selection Committee, located in different parts of the world, present supporting paperwork with the recommendation to the International Bid Selection Committee. Upon careful analysis of proposals, final written confirmation is made to the finalist company for acceptance of the award nomination.

05 July 2010 - Somaliland's Huge Success

By Proffesor Iqbal Jhazbhay of the University of South Africa

In my capacity as Professor at the University of South Africa, I was honoured to witness Somaliland's 2010 Presidential Elections over a 7 day period (22 to 29 June 2010). A veritable feast for field-researchers and NEPAD political activists for good governance! Indeed, this 2nd historic Somaliland Presidential election is a huge success. The peaceful transfer of power via the ballot box, and the credible democratic election process - a rarity, is an additional boon to Somalilad's reputation "Africa's best-kept secret".

My best congratulations to the winner, President-elect Ahmed Mohamed Silaanyo, and to President Dahir Rayale Kahin, AND Mr. Faisal Warabe, for the graceful acceptance of the results. (Kulmiye - 49.59%, Udub - 33.23%, Ucid - 17.18%).

Having the rare opportunity to observe Somaliland's 2001 referendum, its 1st democratic 2003 Presidential elections as well as the 1st 2005 democratic Parliamentary elections, I am heartened to notice:

1. The increasing international press coverage of Somaliland's 2010 elections. Clearly, Somaliland's "best-kept secret" is being made more public in many corners of the world!

2. The 'transparent' expression of the will of the Somaliland people on polling day, in spite of threats from Muslim extremist forces, is additional testimony of the people's resilient desire for peace, stability and a better Somaliland.

3. The passion of the young university graduates, notably women, and the smooth running of the electoral polling stations is a commendable feature, worthy of emulation in Africa and beyond. In this context, the National Electoral Commission leadership, its team members, should be congratulated for the good electoral preparations. Face Technologies of South Africa, for executing its tender of preparing the election identity cards.

4. In spite of the intense international focus of South Africa hosting the World Cup Soccer, many citizens of the world made time to observe Somaliland's 2010 elections. The Norwegian, Finnish, UK, and US election observer teams come to mind.

5. Many friends of Somaliland now await the inauguration day of President-elect Ahmed Mohamed Silaanyo and the peaceful transfer of power. May Somaliland's path to development and democracy continue! It can count on its friends, as Somaliland re-doubles its efforts on the international road to recognition.

Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay is author of Somaliland: An African Struggle for Nationhood and International Recognition. He serves on the board of the Institute for Global Dialogue and is a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee's Sub-Committee of International Relations.

05 May 2010 – Somaliland Voters' Cards

Face Technologies delivers 1.2 million voters ID cards for Somaliland

In March 2010, Face Technologies was awarded a tender by the Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) to supply, print and deliver ±1,2 million PVC voter' cards, 10 barcode readers, 100 000 validation certificates, 2000 rubber stamps and 30 000 temporary voters' cards to the NEC offices in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Somaliland is a territory located on the horn of Africa and is a breakaway republic from Somalia. Officially it is not internationally recognised but an increasing number of foreign delegations and embassies have been established in its capital Hargeisa.

The deadlines set by the NEC for the production and delivery of these items were extremely tight - they had to be delivered within four weeks of the contract being signed.

Face Technologies set up a dedicated team that worked around the clock to ensure that the project, which included quality checks for each individual printed card and having to pack the cards in specific sequences, was successfully delivered.

A second phase of the project requires that an additional 100 000 cards will be printed and delivered in June 2010.

Face Technologies successfully delivered the printed cards and the other items on 4 May 2010 to the NEC offices in Hargeisa, much to the joy of the NEC.

10 June 2009 – Ethiopia Biometrics project

Face Technologies implements fingerprint-based taxpayer identification for Ethiopia

By Dereje Berhanu

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Customs and Tax Authority (CTA) has commenced with a project for fingerprint-based taxpayer ID system numbers. The new fingerprint identification system has started in Addis Ababa and will continue to towns in regional states.

Mr. Melaku Fenta, CTA General Director told journalist this week that the authority plans to collect 1.5 million taxpayers’ fingerprints within eight months. According to the plan, the first phase will entail the registration of more than half million businessmen, civil servants and about 180,000 government university students enrolled in the cost sharing programmes.

Under the current TIN system, about 433,000 taxpayers have been registered across the nation. According to Ethiopian law a taxpayer has to have only one TIN number. “TIN duplication has created a problem in the national tax system that is why the authority came to the conclusion to use biometric system which does not allow duplication to take place”, said Melaku.

Copy Cat Limited, a Kenyan firm, together with Face Technologies, a South African company has won the contract to provide CTA with biometric equipment to carry out the fingerprint taxpayer system with 66 million birr.

“The company has enormous experience in Africa and Asia. We will first use biometric registration within the tax system in Ethiopia and later on would move towards integrating it in other sectors in long term we envision a national identification card”, said Melaku

27 March 2009 SL – DL

Sri Lankan Driving Licenses to go High-tech

The Department of Motor Traffic has taken an initiative to introduce a new driving license card to Sri Lanka using state-of-the-art smart card technology to capture and store driver information.

The department will also implement a user-friendly driving license management system to streamline the process of personalisation, production and issuing of the new smart driving licenses based on a build operate and transfer basis for the convenience of Sri Lankan motorists.

The project will be implemented by biometrics specialists Face Technologies who have formed a joint venture with Metropolitan Group as its local partner and Austria Card as the technology partner.

“We are greatly privileged to have been entrusted with this project”, said Mr. Willem van Schalkwyk Business Development Manager of Face Technologies. “While we have implemented many driving license projects worldwide, this solution will be customized to meet the requirements of the Department of Motor traffic in Sri Lanka”, he added.

The state-of-the-art smartcard based driving license will contain a microchip that will carry driver information including a digital photograph, fingerprint and digital signature. The card will be laser engraved and have high tech security features such as optically variable ink, holograms, guilloches and micro printing. All information stored on the onboard chip will also be encrypted with the latest encryption technology.

The entire project is being implemented on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis, with the total investment, in the order of 25 million US dollars. The supply includes all application software, computer infrastructure (servers, networking and workstations), as well support and maintenance and operational services for seven years. The total upfront investment is provided by Face Technologies and Metropolitan Group. This means that no capital investment is required from DMT. Mr. Ivor Maharoof - CEO of Metropolitan Office explained that this smart card-based solution can also be extended to include integration to the national identity card and the electronic passport as in many developed countries.

This will allow for the information in its electronic form to be shared by the relevant government agencies. Mr. J J Ambani Chairman of the Metropolitan Group said “We consider it an honour to have been chosen to implement this nationally significant project. We have the technical competence to implement this project and are proud to bring the latest smart card technology to Sri Lanka, with our partners Face Technologies and Austria Card”.

26 March 2009 – India – Bihar

Smaarftech Rolls Out e-Shakti Project In Bihar Under NREGS

Glodyne Technoserve, a technology infrastructure management services company, through its subsidiary Smaarftech Technologies and Face Technologies, a South African company has partnered with the Rural Development Department of the Government of Bihar in implementing and managing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) project in Bihar.

The NREGS scheme, an initiative of Government of India, guarantees 100 days of employment in a financial year to below-the-poverty-line (BPL) households. This scheme treats employment as a right and the programme is intended to be demand driven. Bihar is the first state in the country to have launched the Scheme in the entire state through e-Shakti project, which is completely technology driven.

A consortium led by Smaarftech Technologies and consisting of Face Technologies, a provider of identity management solutions from South Africa and Anil Printers will be instrumental in the implementation of the e-Shakti Project.

The project seeks to bring in contactless smartcards for workers registered with NREGS for their wage disbursement, identification and a host of other service features. The e-Shakti project has the potential not only to generate more employment directly and indirectly, but also to transform rural economic and social relations at many levels.

Jan 2009 - Mozambique Voters Registration AFIS

Biometric Voting In Mozambique By Face Technologies Using QiSQi Biometrics and Innovatrics AFIS.

Face Technologies implemented a biometric voter registration platform for the local, provincial and national elections in Mozambique. The government has chosen biometrics to prevent duplicate votes and to ensure the democratic environment.

The partnership between Face Technologies, a world market leader in business solutions for effective identification focusing on biometrics and smart card technologies based in South Africa, and QiSQi, leading player in biometric services and manufacturing of secure documents, continues to thrive.

Challenges for Face Technologies include enrolling 10 million voters on the fields, in the towns and in the country, as well as instantly identifying voters registering more than once.

Face Technologies, with the assistance of QiSQi, has successfully deployed the Innovatrics IDKit Mobile SDK on 3500 mobile enrolment stations, as well as the Innovatrics ExpressID AFIS Government Edition on 17 parallel servers for instant identification. Thanks to the fast AFIS matcher and the compatibility of biometric engines on handhelds and servers, the architecture provides "real-time" answer and thus ensures a democratic voting process.

"The ease-of-use of Innovatrics products across both mobile and server platforms, and the responsiveness of the technical team accelerated the deployment process in record-breaking time," said Johann Caubergh, CEO of QiSQi.

Viktor Fischer, Director of Business Development at Innovatrics continued, "It is a pleasure to work with industry-leading companies with expertise in system integration and biometrics. Proper implementation of biometrics guarantees reliability of the final system and satisfaction of the government and the population – ensuring democracy in developing countries."

The triumvirate of Face Technologies, QiSQi and Innovatrics once again proves its capacity to be competitive in technology, budget and integration.

Feb 2008 – Malawi Drivers Licence AFIS

Face Technologies, QiSQi, and Innovatrics introduce a new generation of AFIS.

Face Technologies, a world market leader in business solutions for effective identification focusing on biometrics and smart card technologies based in South Africa and QiSQi, a leading player in consulting, developing and manufacturing of materials, hardware and software for biometric identification and secure documents, based in France, UK and Belgium, today announce a prosperous partnership.

The partnership was sealed successfully with the first integration of the fast AFIS fingerprint algorithm of Innovatrics for the Republic of Malawi for the specific use in the Transport Information System (Driver’s License Application and Card Production). Face Technologies, having a proven record of large-scale, high security card projects in various African and Asian countries, was looking for a new partner in Biometrics for emerging projects.

The specific client requirements were demanding: speed and accuracy on large scale databases, flexibility of integration, and compliance with mainstream database systems. Face Technologies, with the assistance of QiSQi, has successfully tested the Innovatrics ExpressID AFIS matching software. Face Technologies has given the green light to implement ExpressID as a standard AFIS matcher to its existing identity management solution.

"We strive to provide leading-edge technologies in our solutions so that our customers continuously benefit from the latest innovations," said Mr. Serfontein, Face Technologies' MD. He continued, "We are impressed by Innovatrics AFIS technology, and with QiSQi on board as our consultancy affiliate, we are now well positioned to leap ahead in the AFIS market."

This triumvirate of Face Technologies, QiSQi, and Innovatrics announces a new wave of identification technology in Africa, Asia and Europe, where security documents and biometrics meet their needs for a high secure environment according the international standards.

 
 
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