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Biometrics Unplugged

Interviews

Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with IBIA director John Mears about US biometric entry and exit. The conversation previews an upcoming IBIA document concerning exit and entry processing over the past several years, the importance of biometrics at the border and the public’s learning curve when it comes to automated systems.

Peter O’Neill, president of Find Biometrics, had a chance to interview EyeVerify’s CEO and founder, Toby Rush, about his company’s recent $6 million series A funding round, vertical markets and the eyeprint advantage.

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill (FB), recently had a chance to interview Sunil Kolhekar, president and CEO of manageID (SK). The conversation starts off with an overview of the company and its solutions, going on to describe deployments around the world and what lies in store for manageID in the near future.

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

Latest Industry News

Sep-19-14 Frost & Sullivan: Mobile Biometrics To Reach Maturity by 2019
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A new report from research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan titled Biometrics Go Mobile: A Market Overview outlines the projected growth of biometric smartphones, which are on track to reach an early maturity phase in 2017.According to the firm’s analysis, in 2013 the number of biometric smartphone users around the world was totaled at 43.23 million. By 2017 that number is expected to grow massively as biometric smartphones exit the early adopter phase and reach 471.11 million users. Two years later, Frost & Sullivan predicts that biometrics will have reached a level of full maturity, having by then naturally migrated to mobile devices.Frost …

Sep-19-14 Cross Match Technologies Releases New Mobile Credential and Biometric Reader
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On Tuesday, biometric identity management solutions provider Cross Match Technologies announced the launch of a new handheld authentication solution. The Verifier Sentry is an Android-based mobile device that is designed to use biometrics and credentials in verifying an identity.Verifier Sentry has the capability to act as a standalone reader, able to authenticate a user’s identity with by matching a live scan of her fingerprint to the biometric data held on a submitted credential, but mobility and connectivity bring with them more flexibility.The reader is able to transmit fingerprints scanned with its FAP 30 rated sensor to a remote AFIS in order to …

Sep-19-14 Increasing Demand For Advanced Security Boosting India Fingerprint Biometrics
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A new report from Research and Markets states that India’s fingerprint biometrics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 35.1 percent between 2014 and 2020. According to ‘India Fingerprint Biometrics Market 2014-2020: Market Forecast By Applications and Regions’, Morpho (Safran), 3M and NEC are the key vendors in this area.The companies above hold their status as key players thanks to a focus on government and travel/transportation applications, from which, the report states, they generate the most of their revenue in this respect. That said, the report also predicts that those applications are likely to decline due to an …

Sep-19-14 NEXT Biometrics Licenses BIO-key’s Fingerprint Algorithm
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Today, BIO-key International and  NEXT Biometrics announced a strategic hardware and software partnership that will see the former’s fingerprint matching algorithm on the latter’s new low-cost sensors. With this partnership, BIO-key has placed a purchase order for the sensors, which the company will include in its new line of fingerprint scanner devices. According to a brief from Reuters, the order is for 75,000 units.“This collaboration is a perfect match for both parties,” says NEXT CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe. “NEXT Biometrics will, by including BIO-key in our ‘NEXT Certified Partner Program,’ further enhance its offering in the design and price focused Smartphone …

Sep-19-14 Global Identity Summit: SpeechPro Launches VoiceKey.WebAccess
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The Global Identity Summit came to a close yesterday in Tampa, Florida. SpeechPro – a voice  biometric software company – closed the week filled with keynotes, panels, dynamic discussions and exhibitions by announcing the launch of VoiceKey.WebAccess.The new solution is a multi-factor authentication software that leverages cameras and microphones to combine face and voice recognition for logical access control in web applications. The aim with VoiceKey.WebAccess it to fully replace passwords in a low friction and secure manner. The software is built on standards-based architecture and can be built into web services applications through its API.With VoiceKey.WebAccess a user gains …

Sep-18-14 Lockheed Martin Played Key Role FBI’s NGI Deployment
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The FBI’s Next Generation Identitification (NGI) system is now fully operational, having gone online September 7, 2014. With the NGI system in place, the Bureau has new tools to help identify criminals with greater efficiency and accuracy than the old hard-copy methods.The NGI’s full activation is a major milestone in the world of identity, and as such it has been a major focus at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Florida this week, having the event’s opening keynote presented on the topic. Today, Lockheed Martin announced that it played a role in the NGI’s development, leading a team that delivered four major …

Sep-18-14 Suprema Integrates Biometric Access With Milestone Video Management Software
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Today, biometric and security technology company Suprema announced that it has integrated its solutions with Milestone video management software (VMS): an open architecture software compatible with a wide range of IP cameras, encoders and digital video recorders.The integration will now allow users of both companies’ products to link cameras to access control devices, combining surveillance with biometric security. The ability to track access control transactions brings a heightened level of convenience to the physical security deployment, giving administrators the ability to react immediately to any inconveniences, slowdowns or potential emergencies. Break-in attempts, false negatives and other security related mishaps like “door left …

Sep-18-14 FaceFirst Expands Border Control Deployment in Panama
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Facial recognition supplier FaceFirst has announced that its biometric solutions currently deployed in Panama’s Tocumen International Airport are expanding into the facility’s Terminal Muelle Norte (the North Terminal). Initially implemented at the airport in 2011, FaceFirst’s facial recognition system provides Tocumen International with the ability to facilitate the capture multiple Interpol suspects as well as national and regional wanted persons.Jose Mulino, Panama’s Minister of Public Security explains, “The FaceFirst facial recognition system installed at Tocumen is capable of detecting 30 people per day who have a police record or who are wanted by Interpol, and thus are not allowed to enter …

Sep-17-14 Global Identity Summit: MorphoTrust Awarded NSTIC Pilot
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This morning that the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Florida, NSTIC senior executive advisor Jeremy Grant took the main stage for the day’s first keynote. During Grant’s presentation, between entertaining and illustrative slides of unicorns and Star Wars characters (it was a great keynote), he announced three newly awarded NSTIC pilot programs.The recipients of the NSTIC awarded cybersecurity pilots are GSMA, Confyrm and MorphoTrust USA (Safran).GSMA will be focusing on an interoperable solution that will allow consumers and businesses to use mobile devices in identity and access management scenarios, while Confyrm is piloting a shared signals solution aimed at early fraud …

Sep-17-14 BioConnect Platform From ENTERTECH Paired With Honeywell’s Pro-Watch
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Today, ENTERTECH SYSTEMS announced that, thanks to a new pairing between its BioConnect application and the Pro-Watch security management suite from Honeywell, users of the latter will now have the option of deploying Suprema biometric access control devices.ENTERTECH is Suprema’s operating partner in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, which means the the newly announced compatibility will include the BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.“It’s a relationship that brings together what each company does best,” says Honeywell’s senior director of marketing Alan Stoddard. “Bringing in the combined ENTERTECH SYSTEMS and Suprema advanced biometric technologies has really opened …

Sep-14-14 ImageWare’s GoMobile Interactive Scores First Place Emerging Technology Award
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This past Wednesday at the Super Mobility Week trade show in Las Vegas, mobile and cloud-based identity management company ImageWare Systems received the Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Award from CTIA – The Wireless Association. The honor was granted for ImageWare’s GoMobile Interactive product, which scored first place in the category of Mobile Money, Payments, Banking & Commerce.Runners up in ImageWare’s category were Mercury, in second place for its Mercury StoreCard, and TeleSign, in third for its PhoneID Score solution.A multi-modal biometric solution based in the cloud, ImageWare’s GoMobile Interactive enables mobile commerce applications – including banking, payments and mobile wallet applications – to benefit …

Sep-12-14 Massachusetts Lunch Lines Go Biometric Despite Parental Concerns
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This fall, schools in North Adams, Massachusetts, will be deploying biometrics as a way to make the lunch line more efficient. Finger scanners courtesy of identiMetrics, working in tandem with the school’s POS solution called NutriKids will be replacing swipe cards, allowing for fast and secure payment while protecting financial details of underprivileged students and giving parents a better idea of how their children are eating via online transaction tracking.Tammy Daniels, a writer for local publication iBerkshires, is reporting that the although the biometric lunch line technology is full of promise, it’s not receiving the warmest of receptions. Upon receipt of …

Sep-11-14 Aware Announces INQUIRE Software Development Kit
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Today, Aware, Inc. – a biometric software and services provider – announced it’s newest software development kit: INQUIRE.INQUIRE is an acronym for INformation QUality and Identity Resolution Engine. The SDK compliments biometric search and match operations, featuring its own text-based filter, search, match and link algorithms.David Benini, Aware’s VP of marketing explains what INQUIRE brings to the table, saying that the introduction of INQUIRE reflects the usefulness of text-based identity data in biometric systems.“The ability to interpret textual identity data adds a dimension of analysis that is powerful not only for discovery of insightful identity information, but also towards characterizing identity data …

Sep-11-14 Privacy Restrictions To Hinder Global Facial Recognition Market Growth, Says Report
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A new report analyzing the global facial recognition market cites restrictions on users’ sharing of personal details as a hindrance to market growth. Specifically using the example of the covert monitoring of an individual, the report from Research and Markets, which covers the period between 2014 and 2020, doesn’t seem to paint a negative picture of the market by any means.According to the analysis, the global market for facial recognition is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5 percent between 2014 and 2020.  In 2013 the market was valued at USD 1.17 billion, with a significant revenue share being …

Sep-10-14 Robocoin Chooses Fujitsu Palm Vein Biometrics For Bitcoin Kiosks
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Next generation payments and strong authentication continue to converge, with Fujitsu Frontech North America announcing that its palm vein biometrics solution, PalmSecure, has been chosen to protect all Robocoin kiosks.Robocoin is a company specializing in Bitcoin and cash dispensing kiosks. Having committed to biometric authentication, Robocoin ATMs require three factors of authentication – phone, PIN and palm vein – that, once submitted, allow for automated 24 hour service to Bitcoin accounts and cash withdrawal needs.In choosing palm vein authentication, robocoin has picked a notoriously difficult to spoof biometric modality. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric sensors capture palm vein images using near-infrared light. Additionally, …

Sep-09-14 Biometrics Now a Must Have on Smartphones, Says Goode
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A new report from Goode Intelligence, a research and consulting firm, underlines the crucial role that biometrics are playing in the current mobile device landscape. The new white paper titled Mobile Voice Biometrics – Meeting the Needs of Convenient User Authentication focuses specifically on voice recognition for mobile devices.With the proliferation of smartphones and a growing demand for post-password security, voice biometrics offer a software based authentication option that is near-frictionless and hands free. As an example, Alan Goode, managing director of Goode Intelligence, singles out AGNITiO’s Voice iD biometric engine and its resulting solutions.“Voice biometric authentication like AGNITiO Voice …

Sep-09-14 Mandatory Student Biometrics Coming to Saudi Arabia
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Over the next two years it will become mandatory for all public school students in Saudi Arabia to record their biometric details with the government in support of a new attendance monitoring system. According to Arab News, the project comes after school principals lobbied for the installation of cameras in classrooms to monitor teacher and student performance.The Ministry of Education’s financial and administrative affairs undersecretary, Mohammad Saad Al-Shathry, told Arab News that a special committee has been formed to conduct studies on the proposed system. Obstacles in the way of deployment currently include facilitating the needs of schools in remote villages.Biometrics …

Sep-08-14 iBeta’s Biometrics Team Scores Fingerprint Evaluation Study
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Today, iBeta Quality Assurance announced that Sandia National Laboratories has awarded it with a Fingerprint Evaluation Study Contract. iBeta, an accredited Biometrics Testing Laboratory under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, will conduct the study on biometric devices provided by 3M, Integrated Biometrics, Lumidigm and Precise Biometrics.Sandia Laboratories is being sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in awarding this study contract.According to iBeta, more information on the study will be released next week during a Department of Homeland Security Briefing at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Florida.The vendors whose devices are subject to this iBeta study have been …

Sep-08-14 LaserLock Licenses Multi-Factor Biometric Platform To Major Financial Firm
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Today, LaserLock Technologies announced that it has signed an agreement to license its VerifyMe Identity Services platform to a major financial services advisory firm. At this time, the firm is unnamed, but according to LaserLock it consolidates hundreds of billions of dollars in assets for around 100,000 investment banking clients.VerifyMe is a multi-factor authentication solution – combining biometrics, gesture swipe and a connected device such as a smartphone or token – that conforms to NIST Level 4 security standards. The solution also has a geo-tagging feature that can allow for location-based identification factors.“LaserLock’s robust VerifyMe platform was developed to protect …

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Feature Articles

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Identity Summit and Biometrics UnPlugged

This past week FindBiometrics was in Tampa, covering Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit from the ground floor. That didn’t mean it was a week without the regular industry news though, with product launches, partnerships, contract announcements and research reports all making their way onto our radar.Monday was the second annual Biometrics UnPlugged conference at the Tampa Museum of Art, this year focusing on the topics of mobility, privacy and commerce in the realm of identity management. Speakers Steven Rahman, director of technology and strategy at Samsung, and  Philippe de Raet, vice president of Public Sector at Experian, started …

Finding the “I” in Global Identity Summit

The opening keynote of the very first Global Identity Summit was presented by FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology, Amy Hess. The choice to launch the conference and exhibition with a speech from Hess was appropriate for a number of reasons, chief of which is the fact the the FBI’s Next Generation Identity system went fully operational on September 7th, but most affecting of which was what it said about this year’s change in focus.Hess began her presentation with an anecdote of a Kansas City bank robbery that was part of her initial assignment in the violent crimes …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Apple Pay Gets Launched and Biometric Lunch Lines Get a Pass

This week at FindBiometrics we entered week two of Mobile Biometrics Month, so it was appropriate that Apple took center stage in identity management news with its highly anticipated September keynote. In addition to new biometrics powered products and services out of Cupertino, we also reported on analysis concerning the global facial recognition market, stories on the topic of student biometrics and new biometric launches and contracts.Starting with the big consumer biometrics news, Apple execs took to the stage in California to introduce two new iPhone models, a mobile wallet and a smartwatch, all of which prominently feature biometrics. While Mobile …

Mobile Biometrics Month Feature 2: Apple’s New Biometric Devices

On Tuesday, Apple made good on a number of long circulating rumors with it’s now-expected annual September product announcement. Last year around this time, the company announced Touch ID – the fingerprint sensor that would be able to replace the lock screen PIN and iTunes passwords on the iPhone 5S. This year, Apple’s announcement brought more than just Touch ID to the table, and since it’s Mobile Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics we’re going to take a look at the new Apple releases and unpack some of the ideas surrounding what they might mean for identity management.Touch IDAt Tuesday’s keynote, Apple started …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Mobility, Eye Care and Law Enforcement

This past week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Mobile Biometrics Month, hosted a webinar on privacy with the IBIA and checked in with the verticals as time quickly counted down to the upcoming festivities in Tampa.In these final days leading up to Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit in Tampa Florida, we will be focusing on the hot topic of mobile biometrics in the featured articles section. This week being the first of September, we started the examination of mobility in identity management with a primer on the topic.On Tuesday, we reported on a new study released by Research …

Mobile Biometrics Month: The Primer

Thanks to the continued proliferation of smartphones and strong authentication technology, mobility and biometrics are becoming increasingly intertwined. Nothing quite hammers home efficiency like the security and assurance of strong authentication paired with the freedom and connectivity of mobile devices.September is the perfect time to celebrate this perfect match. Mobility is a key topic of discussion at both the upcoming Biometrics UnPlugged event and the Global Identity Summit (formerly the Biometric Consortium Conference), while Apple’s annual iPhone announcements promise to bring smartphone biometrics to the forefront of conversation.As a starting point for the month’s festivities here are just some of …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: FBI Preserves Historical Biometrics

This past week at FindBiometrics we brought our summer event – The Road to Biometrics UnPlugged – to a close in the featured articles section while announcements started to roll in regarding what to expect during the Global Identity Summit in Tampa this September. On top of that we had product announcements, new performance milestones and news from the FBI regarding the full activation of the Next Generation Identity (NGI) system.The FBI announced this week that in September it will be doing away with the old cliche storage warehouses full of identity information when its Next Generation Identification system becomes …

Road2BUP: FindBiometrics Summer Event Roundup

September is almost here, which means we are mere weeks away from Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce and Privacy. All summer we have been preparing for this interactive executive summit by focusing our featured articles section and blog on the topics of commerce and privacy.Here is what we talked about when we prepared for Biometrics UnPlugged.CommerceFor July the topic of the month was next generation commerce. In the featured articles section we explored all sorts of next generation payment and banking topics. The convenience that biometrics can provide banking customers with, three real financial deployments of identity management …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometrics UnPlugged Speakers Announced, Wells Fargo Invests in EyeVerify

This past week in biometrics we saw news all across the verticals. Voter ID, border control, time and attendance and biometric access control all had their turn in the spotlight while new investors turned to strong authentication and our featured articles continued to focus on privacy.First of all, Biometrics UnPlugged announced its speakers this week. The high profile featured speakers will be leading the discussion before an interactive panel brings all of the new ideas into practical focus. EyeVerify announced on Wednesday that it has closed a series A funding round, raking-in over $6 million which will be used for expansion and marketing. …

Road2BUP: Privacy – The Biometrics You Broadcast To The World

Biometrics UnPlugged is nearly upon us. The interactive C level executive summit will be kicking off September’s festivities in Tampa, Florida, immediately before the IBIA Opening Reception at the Tampa Museum of Art.This year, Biometrics UnPlugged is themed around Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce and Privacy. All summer at FindBiometrics, we have been examining current topics on those themes, with July focusing on next generation commerce and August on privacy.When it comes to privacy, the discussion of biometrics turns from authentication and security to identification and trust. Today, we are going to take a look at three biometrics that …

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