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Biometrics Unplugged

Interviews

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.

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.

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

Latest Industry News

Aug-29-14 Morpho Acquires Software Solutions Publisher Dictao
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Today, Morpho (Safran) announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Dictao: a software solutions publisher primarily concerned with digital trust and security.“Dictao is a trusted partner, working with us for many years as a supplier of digital security products for large-scale ID programs,” says Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and CEO of Morpho. “This acquisition clearly reflects our commitment to covering all aspects of digital identity, allowing us to guarantee more secure and convenient authentication for all online transactions.”Dictao is based in France. With 100 employees, it offers solutions for strong authentication, secure online transactions and secure archiving, serving public and …

Aug-29-14 Vision-Box Providing Denmark With Biometric Enrollment and Border Control Solutions
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Vision-Box, a provider of automated border control solutions, is known for its optimistic outlook on biometric automated border control, particularly when it comes to streamlining the passenger check-in experience in airports.Today, Vision-Box released an announcement stating that it will be spreading this convenient and secure experience to Denmark, enabling more than just easy and secure travel. The Danish Government has awarded the company with a four year framework agreement that will have the Vision-Box and its partner – the consortium of  Biometric Solutions – providing biometric enrollment and automated border control solutions to the country.According to Vision-Box, the technology provided …

Aug-28-14 FBI Activates Next Generation Identification System, Preserves Historical Biometrics
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This week, the FBI announced that in September it will be doing away with the old cliche storage warehouses full of identity information when its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system becomes fully active. The project, which involves the digitization of over 30 million records, signifies a major milestone for the FBI as it will be fully replacing the bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.With the digitization comes efficiency, but also a pang of nostalgia for the olden days. As the records are converted into computer data, the physical copies are destroyed. This includes the hard biometric evidence of approximately 83 …

Aug-28-14 Voice ID Biometric Deployment in South Africa Among the Largest In The World
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Africa has been frequently identified as a region ripe for biometric deployments, especially in the area of finance. Strong authentication solutions greatly reduce the risk of fraud while keeping transactions convenient for the end user. This is especially true of voice biometrics, which are hands free and nearly frictionless.This week, voice biometrics provider AGNITiO announced the successful deployment of its voice biometrics through the Proof of Life authentication system in South Africa. The deployment, done with the company’s payment solutions partner Net1 UEPS, in now aiding millions of South African citizens who receive social security benefits and services.According to AGNITiO, this ranks among the …

Aug-27-14 DMV To Benefit From Virtual Lines Thanks To New MorphoTrust Partnership
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An identity management solutions filled world is one that is ultimately secure and convenient. With mobility and biometrics reaching new heights of popularity, both in the hands of consumers and across vertical markets, daily inconveniences like airport security wait times, inefficient attendance tracking and security questions for phone banking are all slowly disappearing.Next on the daily inconvenience chopping block is going to be the wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles and other motor vehicle agencies, now that MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has partnered with QLess to create a virtual line solution.The line management solution will be provided by QLess – …

Aug-26-14 New Time and Attendance Solution Combines Face Biometrics With PIN
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Today, workplace management solutions provider Asure Software announced the release of a new time and attendance tracker powered by biometrics. In terms of staff and payroll management, biometric solutions add efficiency and trust. Requiring a biometric factor for employee clock in procedures cuts down on fraudulent behavior like buddy-punching (when a staff member signs in for an absent friend) and also reduces administrative cost by eliminating access cards which can be lost or stolen.Called the AsureForce AirClock, the company’s new solution combines facial recognition with manual PIN entry in a wall-mounted panel. Users first punch in their PIN, then stand …

Aug-26-14 World’s Fastest Contactless Fingerprint Scanner To Be Presented at GIS 2014
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This year’s Global Identity Summit (GIS) is less than one month away. Formerly the Biometric Consortium Conference, the annual identity management  event is held in Tampa, Florida, and is host to a slew of announcements, demonstrations, product launches and keynotes.Today, Morpho (Safran) announced that during GIS it will be presenting what it claims is the fastest contactless four finger scanner in the world: Finger on the Fly. Users simply wave their hand above the scanner once for authentication. With matching speeds measuring under one second, the Finger on the Fly is an ideal solution for high traffic deployments. The solution is …

Aug-25-14 Recent Demonstration Shows Successful Handheld Facial Recognition at 200 Meters
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Today, StereoVision Imaging, Inc. (SVI), a company currently developing facial recognition technology under government grants, announced today that it has successfully demonstrated its 3D face biometric solution at distances measuring over 200 meters. The demonstration was presented to agencies from the Department of Defense in the Los Angeles, California, area.According to SVI, this is the first time a handheld binocular device has positively identified subjects at such long range.The demonstration was performed outdoors in uncontrolled lighting conditions. SVI’s technology is a handheld biometric solution that uses 3D imaging technology and noise reduction to view and identify persons of interest.Gregory Steinthal,StereoVision …

Aug-25-14 SecuGen’s New Biometric Device To Make An Appearance at 2014 Global Identity Summit
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Running from September 16 to 18 in Tampa, Florida, the 2014 Global Identity Summit (formerly the Biometric Consortium Conference) will be a major focus in the biometrics industry in only a few weeks time. Expect major announcements, product launches and guest speakers. Today, SecuGen Corporation announced that it will be partaking in the festivities by showcasing its new Hamster Pro Duo CL contactless smartcard reader during the event.A brand new device from SecuGen, the Hamster Pro Duo SL is a multifactor reader planned to be released shortly.  It features the corporation’s U20 sensor: a FAP 20 certified optical fingerprint sensor. …

Aug-22-14 Face Guardian Launches Biometric Privacy Service
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Your face is one of the most widely broadcast and least policeable biometrics you have. Thanks to the proliferation of social media and phone cameras, we have entered an age of headshot proliferation. Whether its to add accountability to a LinkedIn profile or to broadcast your existence via selfie, chances are that if you’re reading this, your face is somewhere on the Internet.This poses a conundrum for users everywhere: when images of your face are public, how can you sleep at night knowing they aren’t being used fraudulently?Enter Face Guardian: a new identity theft monitoring company from Face Data, Inc.  that …

Aug-21-14 NEC Takes First Place in NIST’s Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test
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NEC Corporation of America is no stranger to the upper echelons of performance testing. Just over a  month ago the company announced that its facial recognition algorithm scored first place in a performance test conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Today, NEC announced that its fingerprint biometric technology has topped another NIST test: the Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test.Part of an ongoing NIST program, The Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test, or PFT II, is meant to measure the performance of fingerprint matching software. According to the Institute, the evaluation is intended to assess the core algorithmic capability of …

Aug-21-14 MorphoTrust USA Opens Several New Enrollment Centers
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MorphoTrust USA (Safran) – a provider of identity solutions in the United States – has been an active collaborator with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Thanks to the increasing interest in biometric border control solutions, including pre-approved travel screening programs, that collaboration has put MorphoTrust in the news frequently as of late. Earlier this week the company announced an E-CAT contract with the TSA and today MorphoTrust opened multiple enrollment centers in support of the Pre✓ program.The new in-airport enrollment centers are in Palm Beach International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Denver International Airport. Additionally, MorphoTrust has opened an off-airport …

Aug-20-14 Suprema Introduces Xpass S2 IP Access Control Unit
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In physical access control, accessibility is king. The old generation security is being left behind in favor of solutions that offer greater assurance through stronger authentication, but there are adoption barriers facing businesses of all sizes looking to make the upgrade.Today, Suprema, Inc. - a global biometrics and security solutions company based in Seoul – announced the launch of its newest IP access control multi-smartcard reader and controller, aimed at providing the flexibility that can overcome said barriers. Named Xpass S2, the device builds on its predecessor, the Xpass Slim, with enhanced RF performance and support for a wider range of card technology standards. …

Aug-20-14 Wells Fargo Invests in Eyeprints as EyeVerify Completes $6M Funding Round
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Today, EyeVerify announced the closing of its series A funding round meant to drive mass adoption of its biometric technology: Eyeprint ID. The round closed with more than $6 million and now boasts the addition of Wells Fargo Investment Financial Services. Wells Fargo joins Qihoo 360, Sprint and Samsung Electronics as strategic investors.Wells Fargo is investing in EyeVerify through its semiannual innovation boot camp, The Startup Accelerator, also announced today. The Startup Accelerator exists to support programs just like EyeVerify, that have the potential to shape the future of financial customer experience.“We’re excited to be investing in EyeVerify through our …

Aug-19-14 Biometrics UnPlugged Announces Keynote Speakers: Samsung, Experian, and Bank of America
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Biometrics UnPlugged, an identity industry summit now entering its second year, has just announced its lineup of speakers. Currently open for registration, the event made a big splash last September thanks to its high level of interactive discussion and high profile presenters.This year, two speakers will be leading the discussion before an interactive panel brings all of the new ideas into practical focus. First on stage will be Steven Rahman, director of technology and strategy at Samsung. Rahman leads the user experience strategy team at Samsung, tasked with envisioning the future of how people interact with their devices.Maxine Most, Principal …

Aug-19-14 Biometric Voter Registration Software Deployed in Yemen
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Biometrics can go a long way in improving the democratic process. With a clean, comprehensive and robust biometric voter registry in place duplicate records are eliminated, the process of casting a ballot is simplified for the end user and, most importantly, voter fraud becomes more difficult by orders of magnitude.Biometric voter registry is gaining popularity all around the world, particularly in frontier markets with young democracies. Today, Yemen will be joining the list of nations enlisting biometrics to aid in elections, with the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) currently deploying the TrueVoter Biometric Voting Platform from M2SYS Technology.TrueVoter …

Aug-18-14 BIO-key Reports Strong Q3 Visibility In Latest Financial Results
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Last week, BIO-key International – a company specializing in biometrics and cloud based mobile credentialing technology – announced its second quarter results for 2014 and the outlook is positive. The first half of this financial year saw the company reporting 44 percent sales growth and declaring strong visibility for the coming Q3.The strong Q3 visibility and optimism comes despite Q2 2014’s decrease in sales when compared to the same period last year. BIO-key reported total revenue of $402,788 for the quarter, a five percent decrease when compared to Q2 2013’s $422,257. The smaller number, according to BIO-key, is a result …

Aug-18-14 Neurotechnology Releases Updated Biometric Time and Attendance Software
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In the workplace biometrics can offer a great number of benefits. Logical and physical access control is often the more obvious application that comes to mind, but biometric technology can also go a long way in keeping track of employee attendance records. Where punch cards and PINs can be abused, forgotten or lost, biometric time and attendance solutions are fast, efficient and offer a high level of assurance.Today, biometric identity technology provider Neurotechnology announced the release of the newest version if its time and attendance software: NCheck Bio Attendance 2.1. The solution uses fingerprint and face biometrics to track employee …

Aug-18-14 MorphoTrust Wins E-CAT Contract, Will Expedite Passenger Screening
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Recently, MorphoTrust USA (Safran) was chosen by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide Central Authentication Technology (E-CAT) to all airports across the United States of America. The contract will last seven years and has a ceiling of $85 million.MorphoTrust, a long time collaborator with the TSA, will be providing airports with the capability to automate passenger credential checks. Instead of the current time-consuming process of human visual inspection of the document, passengers will be able to have their credentials scanned by the TSA document checker.The company’s E-CAT, once connected to the TSA’s network, will allow for the automatic checking …

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Feature Articles

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 …

Road2BUP: Privacy – Regulating Identity

We are nearly one month away from Biometrics UnPlugged in Tampa, Florida. All summer we have been shedding the spotlight on major topics in identity management. In June we featured ideas in next generation biometric and mobile commerce, now, one month away from the major industry event, we are turning our lens to privacy.Last week, in our privacy primer, we took a look at some of the aspects of biometrics that could keep the paranoid up at night. Today we’re going to examine an idea that can help combat the specific privacy concern of fraud: regulation.It’s Who You AreIn terms …

Road2BUP: Privacy – The Primer

Welcome to the second phase of The Road To Biometrics UnPlugged: a summer-long event here at FindBiometrics in preparation for the Biometrics UnPlugged conference in September. Now in its second iteration, this year Biometrics UnPlugged carries with it the subtitle “Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce & Privacy.” Last month was dedicated to the commerce aspect of that equation so it’s only fitting that August be given to exploring the ideas of privacy in biometrics.Stealing BiometricsWhen we talk about privacy in biometrics there is a key distinction that needs to be made, and that is between the concept of authentication …

Road2BUP: Commerce – FindBiometrics Roundup

It is the end of July which means it’s time to say goodbye to the first month of our summer event: The Road To Biometrics UnPlugged. August will hold a new focus as we enter the second phase of preparation for the Tampa summit, so now is the time to take a look back and review what we focused on during Road2BUP: Commerce.Talking About The Next GenerationThis first month of Road2BUP made it clear: things are changing in finance in a real way. Real deployments are being seen around the world as the promise of biometrics offers convenience and security …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Brain Biometrics, Naked Payments and Persistent Authentication

This past week at findBIOMETRICS, we entered into week four of the Road to Biometrics UnPlugged. In the features section we took a look at biometric payments that don’t require smartphones while the industry news section was filled with reports of brain-trauma-detecting wearables, persistent heart rate authentication, big releases and exciting new partnerships.BIO-key announced that it has partnered with Experian Public Sector. 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.Meanwhile, Suprema launched a fingerprint recognition …

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 …

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