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Interviews

findBIOMETRICS, had the chance to interview Satoshi Amagai, president and CEO of mofira, and Jintaro Nozawa, Director and Executive Operating Officer at Fujisoft. The discussion serves as an excellent overview of what each company has to offer in the biometric arena and the verticals ripe for finger vein authentication, as well as how their new partnership will manifest over the next year.

SecuGenNLPeter O’Neill, president of findBIOMETRICS (fB), recently had the opportunity to interview Won Lee, president and CEO of SecuGen (SG). The discussion begins with an overview of the company history, its product line and business model, before getting into the details of SecuGen’s expansion into India and how the company is going to be making moves in the mobile space.

IBIAnlBill 188 passed legislature a few weeks ago, waiting for the governor’s signature until yesterday when it passed into law. Immediately after it made its way to the governor’s desk, Walter Hamilton, vice-chairman of the IBIA got in touch with findBIOMETRICS in order to discuss the bold anti-biometrics move in Florida.

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Latest Industry News

Jul-24-14 Viscount To Secure United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Facilities
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Today, Viscount Systems continues its persistent spread throughout the United States with the announcement that it has been awarded additional contracts to secure US Federal Government facilities for the Department of Homeland Security. The buildings – which serve the DHS’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – under that contract are in Wisconsin and Vermont.These new contracts make up a larger trend of increased contract activity for Viscount, whose Freedom Access Control solution gives agencies a slew of security options that include biometrics.“The pace of new contract activity with USCIS and other agencies within the Federal government continues to …

Jul-24-14 Road2BUP: Commerce – Naked Payments
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Continuing down the Road to Biometrics UnPlugged and focusing on commerce throughout July, we at findBIOMETRICS have taken a look at an overview of next generation finance, end user experience in biometric banking, and three real deployments of strong authentication tech in commerce. Today we are going to examine the idea of paying with a biometric and nothing but a biometric. Welcome to the world of naked payments.What About Mobility?In terms of payments secured by biometrics, the majority of hype concerns smartphone enabled online transactions or point-of-sale mobile apps that turn personal devices into biometric credit cards. Many experts in the …

Jul-23-14 Behavioral Biometrics To Become Increasingly Standard in Fraud Detection
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Gartner, Inc. has recently released its 2014 Market Guide For Online Fraud Detection in which the firm singles out passive biometric analysis as a feature that will start to become much more standard in the next three years.According to the report, passive biometric analysis will become a standard feature of at least 30 percent of one-stop fraud detection solutions by 2017. This is a massive amount of growth considering that today that statistic is less than one percent.Among the several vendors mentioned by Gartner, BioCatch makes the list of companies supplying this kind of solution. The company’s behavioral biomterics solution …

Jul-23-14 Brain Trauma Biometrics: BlackBox Launches New Model of Blast Gauge
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According to the Center for Disease Control, traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects more than 1.7 million people annually and is treatable if the signs are recognized. BlackBox Biometrics offers a wearable biometric device, called the Blast Gauge System, that detects the signs of traumatic brain injury as a result of environmental factors related to blast overpressure.The Blast Gauge System has just received an upgrade, BlackBox having just announced the launch of a new model of the wearable unit. Advancements on the new Blast Gauge System include longer battery life and a high-g accelerometer.According to BlackBox Biometrics, most blast accelerations can’t …

Jul-23-14 Aware Inc. Reports $6.8 Million In Revenue For Q2 2014
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The second fiscal quarter of 2014 just recently ended on June 30, 2014 and the first of the results are just starting to be released. Yesterday, Aware Inc., a biometric software and services provider, reported its Q2 revenue for the year.Compared to the same period last year, Aware is reporting a 53 percent increase in revenue: $6.8 million over Q2 2013’s $4.4 million. Looking at the six-month period as a whole (ending June 30, 2014) revenue increased 42 percent over the same period in 2013, $13.4 million compared to $9.4 million.Operating income before patent related income for the first six …

Jul-22-14 BIO-key Partners With Experian, Expanding Access To Identity Proofing
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Fingerprint biometric identification technology company BIO-key International has just announced that it is entering into a strategic relationship with Experian Public Sector, a global information services company that helps businesses manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making.The partnership will see BIO-key’s fingerprint biometric technologies paired with Experian’s identity verification products. The aim is to expand access to identity proofing in transactions that require the highest level of authentication assurance.Mike DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key, says: “We believe that the growing interest in mobile fingerprint authentication positions BIO-key and Experian to capitalize on the strengths …

Jul-22-14 Suprema Launches Biometric Fingerprint SDK For Android
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Biometrics and identification technology company Suprema Inc. has launched a fingerprint recognition software developments kit (SDK) for the Android operating system. Designed for use with the company’s BioMini Slim fingerprint scanner, the SDK can enable mobile devices to capture prints in various non-ideal conditions including direct sunlight.BioMini Slim is FBI-PIV and mobile ID FAP 20 certified. It boasts a IP65 rated dust and waterproof form factor, allowing for use in harsh environments and is equipped with a 500dpi slim optical sensor. The scanner also features anti-spoofing technology in the form of Suprema’s Live Finger Detection technology.With the launch of its …

Jul-18-14 SpeechPro Voice Biometrics Featured in NIST Challenge
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Voice biometric software company SpeechPro announced recently that it participated in the NIST Speaker Recognition i-Vector Machine Learning Challenge. According to NIST the challenge, which focused on the development of new methods for using i-vectors for speaker recognition in conversational telephone situations, was designed to foster research progress in voice technology.“There’s been an increased interest in the use of voice biometrics and speaker recognition for law enforcement agencies as well as for commercial applications in banking or call-center industries in recent years,” says Alexey Khitrov, president of SpeechPro. “Discovering the true identity of a voice offers an unprecedented opportunity to …

Jul-18-14 FST Biometrics Joins Lenel Open Access Alliance
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Biometric access control solutions provider FST Biometrics has announced that it has received factory certification from Lenel Systems. Consequently, FST has also joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance program. The result: FST’s Biometrics In Motion Identification software now interfaces with Lenel’s OnGuard access control system.Using an open architecture design, Lenel’s OnGuard can integrate a wide range of security management technologies. This flexibility, while breaking down adoption barriers by allowing customers to tailor security to their needs, takes advantage of FST Biometrics’ multi-factor solution.“FST’s biometric access solution combines facial recognition and behavioral analytics and is able to identify authorized individuals in motion …

Jul-17-14 Leicestershire Police Try Biometric Face Recognition For Catching Crooks
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A police force in the United Kingdom is testing a biometric face recognition solution from NEC Corporation in order to track down criminals. Leicestershire Police is trying out NeoFace, which can compare digital images with photo’s from the department’s database. In the midst of a six month trial, the solution is already pulling its weight.NeoFace can use data from close circuit television systems and police body cameras, comparing dozens of key facial measurements with images in the database and providing initial results in seconds. Leicestershire Police has been evaluating the biometric software for only a couple of months at this …

Jul-15-14 NEC Biometrics Take First in NIST Face Recognition Performance Test
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NEC Corporation’s facial biometrics have take first place in a recent test performed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This marks the third consecutive NIST test in which NEC’s facial recognition was put to task and granted first place honors. NEC previously received top honors in the 2009 Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge and the 2010-2011 Multiple Biometrics Evaluation.The results of NIST’s Face Recognition Vendor Test 2014 were released in the institute’s Interagency Report.“The NIST benchmark test provides objective and accurate evaluations through ‘blind testing’ of authentication technologies belonging to a wide range of companies,” explains Shigeki Yamagata, …

Jul-15-14 M2-FuseID Biometric Reader Scores FBI Personal Identity Verification Certification
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Biometric identity management solutions company,  M2SYS Technology announced today that its smart fingerprint reader, M2-FuseID has received Personal Identity Verification (PIV) certification from the FBI. PIV certification signifies an FBI standard of quality and interoperability.The M2-FuseID offers, in addition to a boasted high standard of reliability and accuracy, liveness detection to weed out spoofing attempts. Multi-factor by design, the M2-FuseID captured both a user’s fingerprint image (at 500 dpi) and her finger vein pattern. This aspect is where the “smart” qualifier comes in; M2SYS boasts “near 100% enrollment rates and accurate identification through “smart” scanning technology.“Mizan Rahman, founder, CEO and …

Jul-15-14 Biometric Solutions From Cross Match Now Offered on G-Cloud
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This morning, Cross Match Technologies announced that its biometric identity management solutions are now available through the UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore. The select products available have applications in law enforcement, mobile ID and border control.The move is in support of the UK government’s initiative to bring IT all across the public sector, changing the way that technology is bought and used by police, government agencies and the military.In March of this year, Cross Match opened a new sales office in the Unite Kingdom. It houses regional sales, business development and sales engineering staff and signaled further commitment to the market. Today’s …

Jul-14-14 New Partnership Unites Voice Biometrics and Phone Forensics
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A new partnership between Nuance Communications and TRUSTID  aims to combine voice biometrics and telephone network forensics to combat call center fraud and shorten call times.“Criminals are able to collect a treasure-trove of personal information from a range of public sources and, as a result, are often better at answering identity interrogation questions than the legitimate customers they are defrauding,” explains TRUSTID CEO Patrick Cox.Through this new partnership, the involved parties intend to market their individual solutions as a two factor fix to this conundrum. Nuance’s voice biometrics get rid of the security questions all together, providing the ability to authenticate …

Jul-14-14 Smart Cards and Cloud Technology Bolster Patient ID in Maine
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Today, LifeMed ID has announced that its patient identification solution has been implemented at Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine. As is the case with patient ID, the end goal here is efficiency and fraud prevention. With LifeMed ID’s solution, access operations become automated, duplicate record making is eliminated and patients are tied to their health records.“The economic value is very positive,” says Mid Coast Health Services’ IT director Gale Stoy, “registration time was cut from four minutes to one minute. We are issuing an average of 500 smart cards daily, significantly diminishing the amount of time needed by …

Jul-11-14 Finger Vein Sensors Further Bring Biometric Healthcare to Turkey
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In an initiative to better manage health services in Turkey, combating abuse and inefficiencies, the Social Security Institution of Turkey has been adopting biometrics since 2012. This week, Hitachi Europe announced that, in support of this continuing adoption, it is rolling out BIOMIG devices: mobile WiFi scanners featuring  the company’s finger vein recognition technology.The deployment stands to make patient identification at what Hitachi refers to as the “point of care” more efficient and more secure. By including wireless functionality, the scanners bring the versatility of mobile tech to the healthcare space.“MIG has been implementing one of the biggest biometrics projects …

Jul-11-14 EyeVerify Makes Friends With Eyeprints, Scores $6M Strategic Investment
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People are learning about eyeprints and investing. More accurately, EyeVerify, a Kansas City startup founded in 2012 that specializes in eye-based vascular biometrics, is gaining investors for its new modality. The company has just gained four major backers to the tune of a combined $6 million strategic investment.Samsung Electronics, SprintCorp, a major U.S. banking institution and Qihoo 360 Technology are all counted as new investors, according to Venture Capital Dispatch who initially broke the news.To date, EyeVerify has raised $10 million in outside funding. According to the Wall Street Journal, the startup was valued at $40 million during a recent …

Jul-10-14 Biometrics Optimizing Card-On-File Payment
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A new blog post on the Visa Europe website authored by the company’s director of new payment propositions, Jonathan Vaux, names biometrics as one of the contributing factors in what looks like a rise of card-on-file payment popularity.The entry is in response to what Vaux recognizes as an increasing number of announcements from tech players involving identity authentication services and new ways to upload card details to the cloud.“Storing card details in the cloud (often referred to as ‘card-on-file’) is not a new technology of course – it’s a service that’s been around and in use for a number of …

Jul-10-14 FacialNetwork Using Biometrics To Aid Users With Face Blindness
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The FacialNetwork has announced a comprehensive face biometric product suite that will ideally see facial recognition everywhere. It sounds like an exaggeration, but the product suite’s announcement describes six solutions, each using the company’s facial biometric technology, that will see strong authentication aiding everyone from mail delivery people to citizens with face blindness.The suite is based on FacialNetwork’s face recognition app “Name Tag,” developed for Google Glass. The application is a real time search that allows a Google Glass wearer to index people in real life. In February, Senator Al Franken was moved to write a three page letter to …

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Feature Articles

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Performance Tests and Certifications

This week in biometrics industry news we saw a lot of reports coming in concerning face, voice and finger-based biometrics, many of which had to do with performance testing and certification.In the featured articles section, we continued down the Road To Biometrics UnPlugged, now in week three of our summer event leading up the the second annual industry gathering. The theme for July is biometrics in commerce and on Wednesday we took a look at three strong authentication deployments in finance.Cross Match Technologies announced on Tuesday that its biometric identity management solutions are now available through the UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore. …

Road2BUP: Commerce – 3 Deployments of Biometrics in Finance

It’s the Road to Biometrics UnPlugged and throughout July we are talking about the intersection of biometrics and commerce. Last week we took a look at the convenience that comes to the end user when biometrics are applied to personal banking matters. Today, we are going to examine some real life deployments in the biometric finance arena.1. Brazilian Biometric ATMsIn Brazil, you fingerprints can gain you access to your bank account at ATMs, and that is in large part thanks to Lumidigm and its multi-spectral imaging. Though Brazil is not the only region that Lumidigm serves with this technology, the …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: National eID, Commerce and Eyeprint Investments

This week’s biometrics industry news spanned a wide number of applications and topics keeping an emphasis on the future of the industry. A number of reports, a major investment and a telling blog post from Visa Europe all placed our gaze on the optimistic future of identity management technology. Meanwhile in the featured articles, we continued down the Road to Biometrics UnPlugged with an examination of what benefits biometric banking can bring to the end user.Starting with commerce news, in a new blog post on the Visa Europe website, the company’s director of new payment propositions, Jonathan Vaux, named biometrics …

Road2BUP Commerce – Feature Two: Banking With Biometrics

Leading up to this year’s Biometrics UnPlugged event in Tampa, Florida, we are taking the time to explore popular topics in biometrics. Throughout July, we will be taking a look at how biometrics and identity management are affecting commerce.Last week, we kicked things off with a primer, this week we’re going to take a look at what biometric banking can mean to the end user.The Biometric Banking PromiseBanking is inconvenient. The truth to that statement may be subjective, but it feels accurate. Bank hours are not synced with a person’s free time, necessitating online and phone banking options which, unfortunately, …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: The Road To Biometrics UnPlugged

July is here which puts us two and a half months away from the second annual Biometrics UnPlugged event in Tampa, Florida. This being the case, we have begun to prepare with The Road To Biometrics UnPlugged, a summer long event meant to shed light on some of the topics that will be discussed. First on the docket is commerce, a topic that we started to tackle this week with the usual week-one Primer.In terms of Industry News, this past week we saw biometrics in hospitals, detention facilities and all around the world with global spanning market research and a …

The Road To Biometrics UnPlugged – Commerce: The Primer

We are less than three months away from the second annual Biometrics UnPlugged event and, in preparation, findBIOMETRICS will be spending the whole summer building up to the gathering of identity industry trailblazers.The topic for this year is Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce and Privacy and as such, July will focus on the topic of  next generation commerce. Welcome to the Road to Biometrics UnPlugged 2014!Thinking Post-PINLet’s start by reducing the topic of commerce and biometrics down to its most fundamental aspects. Strong authentication, in finance, inevitably boils down to fraud protection. Are people accessing accounts, making transactions or …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A Truly Multi-Modal Week

This week at findBIOEMTRICS we brought Multi-Modal Month to a close, but you wouldn’t know it taking a look at the industry news section. For a month dedicated to the diversity of biometrics, identity management solutions and their applications, the final week of June was truly emblematic of the theme.We started the week with a novel application of biometric software from SpeechPro. A forensics expert in Los Angeles used the company’s SIS II Voice ID module to match audio samples and uncover the identity of Mr. Hidden Cash: a formerly anonymous man who was hiding money all over California.Though that …

Multi-Modal Month – Week 4: The Roundup

It is time to wrap up Multi-Modal Month here at findBIOMETRICS. All throughout June we have been celebrating the diversity of biometrics and identity management solutions in order to mark the changes happening both in the industry and on our website.Here are some of the topics we explored:Getting StartedTo start things off, as is becoming custom in our monthly featured article cycle, we began Multi-Modal Month with a Primer. Rather than focusing on solutions that leverage multiple biometrics factors (we’ll get to those next), we took the opportunity to provide a crash course in the many modes of biometric technology.That’s …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Border Control, Biometric Payment and Multi-Modal Month

This past week at findBIOMETRICS was filled with a diverse selection of news, a nice convenience considering that the wide range of topics, applications and technologies is the focus of our first ever Multi-Modal Month. We saw some leadership changes at Precise Biometrics, a number of border control stories, the birth of a new company, a bunch of access control news and even an examination of two X-Men films.On Monday, Precise Biometrics announced that it will be remaining under the leadership of Håkan Persson, appointing him as CEO. Persson was named interim CEO in November 2013 as the board of …

Multi-Modal Month – Week 3: 4 Vertical Markets Ready For Multi-Factor

As we explored in last week’s Multi-Modal Month feature article, combining biometric factors can greatly bolster security without having to sacrifice much (if anything) in terms of convenience. With innovations in cloud technology and an increasing level of availability in terms of biometric hardware and software, multi-factor authentication is becoming a lot more appealing in the vertical markets.Here are four specific areas already embracing the peace of mind offered by multiple authentication factors, including biometrics:1. HealthcareLast year, during the Biometrics Unplugged conference in Tampa, Dr. John Halamka mentioned that health credentials are among the most valuable to sell on the black …

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