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Interviews

Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Georg Hasse, Senior Product Manager, Portfolio Electronic Identities at secunet. The conversation deals with secunet’s mission as a biometrics company, its products, and how its technologies are helping Germany achieve automated border control.

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to get the whole scoop on Crossmatch’s new brand identity in an interview with company CEO Richard Agostinelli. The conversation touches on the ideas behind the new identity, some new products from Crossmatch and what 2015 holds for the company.

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Seth Miller, IDtech360’s founder and CEO, about his business, the need for overseas biometrics companies in America and the specifics of the education market.

The Global Automated Border Control Market: Forecasts & Analysis 2014 - 2018, Part 2

Latest Industry News

Nov-24-14 MorphoTrust Will Take Biometric Screening Tech to Your Office
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Biometrics technology developer MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has announced a new program to make its TSA Pre✓ more accessible to employers: Employers can now arrange onsite enrollment sessions for their staff.The Pre✓ program provides pre-screening for travelers, fast-tracking them through the security process when they’re boarding flights. MorphoTrust’s role in the program is to provide the required biometric screening (ie. fingerprint scanning and collection of biographic information). With its new onsite outreach program, MorphoTrust staff will set up special stations at employer’s offices where staff will be able to provide this information securely and privately. This will add a greater level …

Nov-24-14 India’s Biometric Employee-Tracking Almost in Place
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The Indian government’s initiative to equip its offices with a biometric employee attendance-tracking system will soon be complete, according to an article by Devesh K. Pandey in the The Hindu. The initial phase of the installation is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with further installations finishing by the country’s Republic Day on January 26.The system works in conjunction with the country’s Aadhar biometric identification cards, which are also going to be used to administrate healthcare and other such public services. It’s all part of a revolutionary approach to government administration being pioneered by the Indian government.It …

Nov-24-14 New Biometric Visa Requirements for Umrah Cause Tensions
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Saudi Arabian officials have instituted a biometric screening process for Muslims embarking on the Umrah pilgrimage, according to an Arab News article by Irfan Mohammed. The new process has already proven controversial with tour operators in the countries in which it has been introduced, namely Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan.The Umrah is, of course, a sacred Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, and therefore of great importance to Muslims around the world, and perhaps particularly in the these neighboring states. Saudi Arabian officials have instituted the biometric visas for Umrah applicants as a means to increase security, but the costs and difficulties involved …

Nov-24-14 Kyrgyzstan Introduces Biometric Passport Program to a Skeptical Public
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The government of Kyrgyzstan has introduced a biometric passport, which has been greeted with a heap of skepticism from the country’s citizens, according to a Global Voices article by Dasha Kondrateva. The population is thought to be highly suspicious of the government, which is believed to be corrupt and to have totalitarian leanings.The country’s “notoriously corrupt State Registry Service (SRS)” has in some cases failed to properly equip its biometric registry points even as it has pressured all citizens to enroll. Meanwhile, the government has assured citizens that their biometric data will be securely encrypted and that its staff have …

Nov-24-14 NEXT Biometrics Books 50,000 Area Sensor Order in China
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On Friday, NEXT Biometrics announced that it has received an initial purchase order for 50,000 area sensors from a partner in the Chinese market. Every unit is slated for delivery before the end of 2014.The partner, who is kept anonymous in the announcement (standard industry practice), is described by NEXT as a leader in solutions for Chinese banking and corporate markets. The order comes after a long period of testing and product development.NEXT CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe is pleased with the new partnership.“Their strongholds within banking and major corporate market segments in China represents a significant opportunity for NEXT,” he says. …

Nov-21-14 Business-Minded Indian PM Seeks to Use Biometric Citizen Cards to Fight Graft
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India’s Prime Minister is trying to fast-track the national program to compile a biometric registry of citizens connected to identification cards, according to a new Bloomberg Businessweek article by Unni Krishnan. According to unnamed government sources, the goal is to get an identity card to every Indian citizen by June of next year, as part of an effort on Prime Minister Modi’s part to come up with a budget surplus for next year.The idea is that by shifting the delivery of government services over to a model based on the national identity cards, graft will be cut down dramatically, since the …

Nov-21-14 RoboCoin Throws Shade re: Biometrics Tech, Uses it Anyway
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RoboCoin, a provider of Bitcoin ATMs, is backing away from its palm-reading biometric security systems, according to an American Banker article by Bailey Reutzel. Company officials say it’s because the Fujitsu PalmSecure readers installed on their ATMs added too much time to the banking process for customers.Speaking on the decision, RoboCoin CEO Jordan Kelley didn’t pull any punches, noting that while launching their ATMs with the technology “was cool, removing it was even better.”The company has opted instead for a PIN-and-token system, in which users must enter their phone numbers, and then enter a verification code sent to them by …

Nov-21-14 New Delhi Police Mandate Biometric Security for Hoteliers
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Hotels in New Delhi’s Aerocity hospitality district are installing facial recognition technology, according to an article by Varuni Khosla in The Economic Times. It’s part of an effort to comply with security requirements set in place by Delhi Police.The biometric security boom around the world has mostly been led by government adoption of the technology for its own purposes, and private R&D in the area of commercial applications, but rarely do we see a situation where the technology is mandated upon the private sector by government. And according to the article, many of the hoteliers concerned are not pleased about …

Nov-21-14 iWallet’s Chadsey Warns of ‘Frenzied Scenario’ for Travellers
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iWallet Corporation is warning travelers to be secure their cards this holiday season. In a new press release, the company suggests that its digitally-secured wallets and other such “techcessories” could prove invaluable in protecting consumers as they embark on their holiday travels.In the release, CEO Jack Chadsey notes that “more than 300,000 report their passports are lost or stolen each year in the U.S. alone,” adding that travel this Thanksgiving is going to be up ten percent over last year, “creating the perfect storm for documents and data to be easily misplaced or stolen.”iWallet products employ advanced technology to protect …

Nov-21-14 Egistec to Provide Fingerprint Sensor for Alibaba-Philips Smartphone
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Taiwan-based Egistec has announced that it will provide fingerprint sensors for the forthcoming Philips Aurora i966 smartphone. The smartphone is a collaboration between Philips and the Chinese corporate giant Alibaba.Egistec will provide the companies with its ET300, a small, high-performance fingerprint sensor. Egistec says its ET300 “has one of the fastest enrollment and authentication processes available” in the current market, and can read fingerprints in wet and dry conditions, and on a 360-degree rotation.It’s an interesting development. Chinese authorities have recently relaxed some market regulations, essentially allowing Alibaba to commence mobile commerce on its digital platform Alipay, and its partnership with …

Nov-20-14 Automated Border Control Presents Opportunities For Face Biometrics Market
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Market research firm Research and Markets has released new analysis regarding the worldwide face biometrics market. The aptly titled report, “Analysis of the Global Face Biometrics Market” covers the period spanning 2013 to 2020 and offerse insight into the current state of facial recognition technologies around the world.Among the report’s findings are some interesting tidbits of industry information. Research and Markets points to significant growth opportunity thanks to the expectation that emerging economies like Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa and China as well as the Middle East will embrace face biometrics. Currently, the majority of the market share belongs to …

Nov-20-14 VoiceTrust and BioID AG Join Forces to Create Comprehensive Platform
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Canadian voice biometrics provider VoiceTrust has struck a partnership with biometrics developer BioID AG that will see the latter’s technology complement the former’s in the VoiceTrust authentication platform. The result will be a cloud-connected, multi-modal biometric authentication service that will employ voice, facial, and periocular recognition technology.It’s a win-win for both companies. Speaking on the development in a press release, VoiceTrust CEO Alan Brousseau said that the partnership is “creating a complete set of secure, biometric authentication solutions across mobile, telephony and online communication channels for the enterprise, banking, insurance and telecommunication sectors.”BioID CEO Ho B. Chang added the alliance …

Nov-20-14 Opportunities Continue to Arise for ImageWare
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ImageWare Inc., a developer of biometric identity management solutions, seems to be having a good month, with some good news announced this week: The company has negotiated a significant increase to its main credit line, and it’s going to present at the Southwest IDEAS Investor Conference.The credit extension, which brings the credit line to $5 million and extends its maturity date to March of 2017, signifies a high degree of confidence in the company on the part of its biggest investor, and for good reason: The company has been on a roll lately, having secured a deal to have its …

Nov-19-14 New Report Underlines Continuing Trends in Biometrics Market
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Aptly-named market research firm Research and Markets has released a new report on the global biometrics systems market. The report, dubbed “The Global Government Biometric Systems Market 2014-2024” in a display of the firm’s usual flair for prosaic language, notes a number of continuing trends in the industry that are expected to unfold over the next several years.The report indicates that governments of various levels remain the biggest spenders on biometric systems, both for security and administrative purposes. A small example of this is the recent pattern of local law enforcement agencies adopting fingerprint and facial recognition technologies in recent weeks, …

Nov-19-14 Fingerprint Scanners Used to Cut Costs at UK Rec Centre
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Biometrics technology continues its march into workaday life as fingerprint-scanners have now been installed for employee tracking in the UK’s Writhlington Sports and Leisure. The not-for-profit community recreational centre employs a staff of over 70 people, and until now had been using paper timesheets to track their work.This development follows recent news that a Mexican bakery chain has employed a similar system. In that case the upgrade was positioned primarily as a means to cut fraudulent time-tracking on the part of employees; whereas in the case of Writhlington Sports and Leisure, the move is being portrayed as an enhancement of efficiency, …

Nov-19-14 ImageWare Systems Joins Forces with TransUnion in Pursuit of Biometric Security
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ImageWare Systems, Inc. and TransUnion have struck a deal to combine their technological forces in pursuit of a biometric authentication system to protect against fraud.The bulk of TransUnion’s business is the management of credit and financial information, and as commerce continues to shift into the mobile and digital world, their interest in securing their ID Manager platform is obvious. ImageWare, meanwhile, is a developer of digital identity management solutions offering a number of biometric security approaches that have been used in applications ranging from driver’s licences to fingerprint scanners.In a press release, a TransUnion executive pointed to the “burden on U.S. consumers” …

Nov-18-14 Opus Research Announces “First-of-its-Kind” Voice Biometrics Market Report
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Research firm Opus Research has announced a new, uniquely comprehensive report on the voice biometrics market. The firm will discuss some of the findings of the report, entitled “Voice Biometrics Census: Global Tally of Voice Security and Authentication Implementations,” at the upcoming VBC London 2014: The Voice Security and Authentication Conference.Opus Research is billing the study as a first, given that its collection of data is the product of ten years of research on voice biometrics vendors and customers around the world. While the firm is currently keeping somewhat tight-lipped about the specifics, it has indicated that the findings are …

Nov-18-14 EyeLock and MorphoTrust Team Up in Major Partnership
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EyeLock Inc. and MorphoTrust USA (Safran) have joined forces in a major strategic partnership. Their goal is to provide a comprehensive set of biometric services at the enterprise level and in the fields of financial services, air terminal security, and motor vehicle administration.It’s a pretty significant partnership, as both companies already loom large in the biometrics field. MorphoTrust has an expansive set of partnerships with government agencies at various levels and a some private firms too, providing fingerprint recognition technology. EyeLock, meanwhile, specializes in advanced iris-scanning technology, and has recently had its myris USB device named a 2015 CES Innovation …

Nov-18-14 Pakistan Embraces Digital Banking in Bid for Growth
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Pakistan is poised to crack down on cyber crime as part of an effort to enhance digital commerce in the country, according to an article in The Nation. Senator Ishaq Dar, the country’s Finance Minister, announced yesterday that new legislation is forthcoming.Senator Dar highlighted the importance of branch-less banking for Pakistan’s economy, and argued that electronic banking could reduce the rates of fraud while providing greater financial access to the most underprivileged segments of the nation. He said that the government’s efforts “to improve market structure and efficiency through modern infrastructure… will create jobs for lower income people, facilitate poverty …

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Feature Articles

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Borders, Voices, Fingers, Nations

This week at FindBiometrics we continued our month long exploration of biometric border control while in the news identity management did anything but stay put. There was a lot of international biometric industry news this week, as well as a healthy dose of financial market talk, while activity in fingerprint and voice solutions drew some focus too.Here is a look at the past week in biometrics.BordersFor week three of Biometric Border Control Month here at FindBiometrics we spent some time looking at three examples of how next generation identity management technology is already helping expedite the airport security experience while …

Biometric Border Control Month: Three Biometric Airport Security Deployments

Sometimes when we talk about technologies that can vastly improve real life experiences, especially ones that involve futuristic-feeling technology like biometrics, it helps to have real life examples. The promises of biometric border control, particularly in airports, seem almost too good to be true: convenience without the sacrifice of security.The thing is, these promises are real and out there in the world right now.  In fact, biometrics have been making border control easier and more secure for a long time. Here are three different  biometric border control deployments that are at work while you read this very article. Iris Recognition at …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Many Modalities and Border Control

This week at FindBiometrics multiple modalities were all over the industry news while we continued to explore biometric border control in the featured articles section.Here is what the identity management industry was talking about this week:FingerprintsThis week fingerprints were all over the news. From a biometric solution in healthcare that helps first responders save lives, to positive third quarter financial results reported by BIO-key, to IDEX naming a new partner that will manufacture its sensors, fingerprint companies kept us talking about digits all week. Also, in a delicious piece of news from Central America, we brought you news of Crossmatch U.are.U …

Biometric Border Control Month: The Barrier Free Experience

The prospect of travelling by air may have one time, long ago, held some amount of excitement for travelers. In a bygone era that some might call more innocent or possibly naive, the experience of boarding an airplane might have held dignity, convenience and something resembling novelty. I don’t know. I have not lived in that age.Flying now, in North America, is an unpleasant experience in large part to the security precautions that must be taken to keep the skies safe. In order to progress to your boarding area you need to observe the following inconveniences: stand in a long …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Money, Wearables and Border Control

This past week has been incredibly big for the identity management industry, particularly in terms of the commerce vertical markets. With the Money20/20 conference showing a massive uptick in biometrics-based presentations, announcements and exhibitions it is clear that the mainstream financial community is ready to embrace strong authentication. Meanwhile, FindBiometrics has entered Biometric Border Control Month in the featured articles section, and the industry news was filled with everything from law enforcement to a new biometric hat..Here’s what happened this past week in the world of biometrics.Money, Money, MoneyThis week in Las Vegas the payment industry gathered for Money20/20, the …

Biometric Border Control Month: The Primer

November is Biometric Border Control Month here at FindBiometrics, and to start off (as usual) here is a handy primer to get you up to speed on the topic.Border control is an interesting vertical when it comes to identity management markets, in that it encompasses a wide range of biometric applications. Access control, remote identification, secure documents and third party enrollment all have a role to play in keeping national borders safe.Here’s what we talk about when we talk about biometric border control:Automatic Border Control eGates and KiosksThe global market for automated border control solutions is in the midst of …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Popularity, Mobility and Law Enforcement

The FindBiometrics industry news section had us talking about biometrics on an international level once again this past week with news from Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and North America. Justice was also a major identity management topic, an especially convenient fact considering it was the final week of Law Enforcement Biometrics Month. Meanwhile, commerce and mobility continued to have a strong presence.Here are the top biometric industry news stories from the week ending November 1, 2014.Law EnforcementThis past week we brought a close to Law Enforcement Biometrics Month with a full roundup of all the justice-related news and features from October. The …

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

It’s time to bring Law Enforcement Biometrics to an end. After a full month of related industry news and feature articles on the topic it is clear that the area of law enforcement and justice is a dynamic space for both biometric identification technologies and strong authentication.Here is a look back on October and all of the various ways we discussed biometrics in law enforcement.Getting Started When They’re YoungWe started Law Enforcement Biometrics Month with a primer on the topic. The history of biometrics and law enforcement is long and involved, giving a strong relationship on which to build a …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Blood Clinics and National eID

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news touched on a huge number of identity management applications and a diverse selection for biometrics modalities. From healthcare to finance and from consumer tech to government deployments, the week ending October 25, 2014 was jam packed with biometrics industry news.Staying Safe and HealthyHealthcare and law enforcement verticals were both in the news this past week. BIO-key International announced that its TruDonor patient management system, which uses fingerprint biometrics to provide convenience, comfort and security to the act of giving plasma, will be on display at this year’s AABB annual meeting in the Pennsylvania …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Finance, Mobility and Voiceprint Panic

This past week at FindBiometrics we continued to examine law enforcement biometrics in the featured articles section, while Apple’s fingerprint protected tablets, innovations in biometric commerce and new privacy concerns rounded out the industry news section. Here is your biometrics industry news roundup for the week ending October 18, 2014.FinanceWith Apple Pay set to officially launch tomorrow, bringing the option of biometric POS payments to everyone with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, the financial world is moving at full speed into the next generation thanks to strong authentication technologies. This past week we took a look at the success …

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