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Interviews

Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, had the chance to interview Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The conversation begins with an examination of the big changes that the facial recognition market has faced in recent years, the increasing growth FaceFirst is seeing in the mobile markets and what we can expect from the company in the near future.

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.

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

Latest Industry News

Oct-17-14 Alibaba to Use Biometrics to Say ‘Open Sesame’
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Alibaba, the huge Chinese commerce company that recently made waves with its IPO, is planning to incorporate biometric security in its payment system, according to a Wall Street Journal blog article by Juro Osawa. Alipay, the e-commerce wing of the company, is currently enjoying great success with its mobile payment app Alipay Wallet. With 190 million active users, it’s easily the top mobile payment tool in China, and given the Alibaba’s increasing profile on the international market, it makes a lot of sense to come up with more advanced security protocols.At a recent press conference, a senior director of Zhejian Ant Small & Micro …

Oct-17-14 Brazilian Biometrics Business Booming
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Brazil’s biometrics market is booming, according to a new report from prosaically-named market research firm Research and Markets. The report, “Brazil Biometrics Market (2014-2020)”, indicates that the market is expected to enjoy “tremendous growth” over the next several years, and is projected to reach a value of $1.3 billion by the year 2020.It’s a surprisingly positive outlook for a country that has been struggling to emerge from its recession, and the report’s researchers point to a number of factors contributing to biometrics’ success, including government projects, large-scale sporting events, IT spending, and growing demand from the BFSI and hospitality sectors.In …

Oct-17-14 Introducing On-Card Fingerprint Biometric Payments From MasterCard and Zwipe
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Today, Zwipe AS and MasterCard announced the launch of the world’s very first contactless payment card with embedded fingerprint biometrics. Combining on-device biometric authentication with the convenience of a contactless credit card, the new solution allows for a purchase of any amount to be made without the entry of a PIN, something that has never before been offered by a payment card.The Zwipe MasterCard payment card recently completed a pilot in Norway’s Sparebanken DIN, aligned to the Eika Group. Due to the pilot’s success, the new biometric payment solution is slated for release in 2015 and will be compatible with all …

Oct-16-14 Bionym Looking to Third Party Developers for Cardiac Biometrics Applications
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Biometric technology developer Bionym Inc. is preparing a mass market cardiac biometrics device, and is encouraging third-party developers to create applications for it.The company’s Nymi Band is a mostly-black watch-sized wristband that monitors the wearer’s cardiac rhythm, thereby allowing for identity authentication via an Authorized Authentication Device - in other words, a mobile device from one of Nymi’s partner companies. Because each person’s heartbeat is unique, this kind of biometric technology allows for security authentication applications such as access control, user identification, and so on. (One partner developer, Brivo Labs, has already built an app that unlocks doors based on the Nymi Band’s …

Oct-16-14 Neurotechnology Surveillance Software Approaches Human-Level Visual Surveillance
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Neurotechnology, a Lithuania-based producer of biometric identification software, has announced a new software development kit. Dubbed VeriLook Surveillance 3.0, the SDK provides advanced biometric video identification capabilities.Aspiring to a human-level quality of surveillance – with a machine’s endless quantity – the software analyzes live video feeds from high-definition cameras, scanning for both faces and movements.Neurotechnology says that the new system can differentiate between people and objects, and can track a unique face even when that face is momentarily or partially obscured or turned away from the camera. Moreover, the technology can use biometric tracking on distinct facial features and their …

Oct-16-14 Lockheed Martin Helping US Military to Organize Biometric Data
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The US Army has started testing new intelligence software provided by security and aerospace firm Lockheed Martin. The software is designed not to assist in intelligence gathering, but rather to organize the terabytes of intelligence data already being gleaned by the US intelligence apparatus every day, all over the world.The program is called the Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS-A, and it comprises of a family of systems used by military analysts to work with shared intelligence, whether that intelligence is coming from drones, ground sensors, biometric scanning devices, or any other intelligence-gathering sources. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to …

Oct-16-14 ATIO Wants to Identify You by the Sound of Your Voice
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South African ICT solutions company ATIO has partnered with OneVault to provide biometric voice authentication services to their customers.It’s a move that ATIO is positioning largely as a customer service issue; their clients expect security, of course, but voice biometrics offer the opportunity to reduce call times. Currently, the company employs knowledge-based authentication security protocols, meaning that when customers call them, they are asked a bunch of questions to which only they should know the answers. It’s a system that already seems somewhat anachronistic, given today’s pace of technological development, and as fraud schemes have grown more sophisticated, so too …

Oct-15-14 Apple Accidentally Reveals Two Biometric iPads
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The next Apple keynote is slated for tomorrow, at which it has been rumored that the next generation iPads will be revealed, but it looks like the big announcement has been spoiled by none other than the company itself. Today, the user guide for iOS 8 on Apple’s official website had its screen shots updated to show the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, complete with instructive labels.Both new iPads feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the home button. The inclusion of a biometric sensor on these iPads has been the subject of rumors reaching back to the spring, so it …

Oct-15-14 Canadian Biometrics Firm to Beef Up India’s Security
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Canadian firm Invixium Access Inc. will provide biometric technology to India’s Ingram Micro India Ltd. for wide distribution in the Southeast Asian country, according to TechVorm’s Jatinder Paul Singh. Ingram Micro India will channel Invixium’s IXM product line through its domestic partners.With its potentially destabilizing inequality and border security issues, India has been displaying a strong appetite for biometric security solutions, seeking to install biometric scanners at major transport terminals and even to provide all citizens with biometrics-enhanced national identity cards.“India is leading the way in mass adoption of biometrics,” said Shiraz Kapadia, Invixium’s CEO, who went on to identify “government and multi-national …

Oct-15-14 Microsoft Certifies Next Biometrics for Hardware Integration
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Norway’s Next Biometrics has just become the third worldwide provider of fingerprint-scanning devices to be certified by Microsoft, according to Rasmus Falck in an article for Norwegian Immigrant Weekly. The certification paves the way for integration of Next Biometrics technology into Microsoft PCs and tablets, and the large American company has already announced plans to include Next Biometrics drives in its Windows 8.1 and 7 products.Next Biometrics is an interesting company. It was founded in Norway by a refugee from Vietnam in the 1970s and has since grown into a multimillion dollar company with satellite offices in Shanghai, Tapei, and …

Oct-14-14 New Diebold ATMs to Employ Finger Vein Biometrics
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Diebold, Inc. has launched a new line of ATMs that will include biometric security components. The company’s just-announced 5500 series is going to feature finger vein readers, in addition to other security components including an anti-skimming card reader, security cameras, and encryption technology.This brings the company into step with a growing trend towards biometric security in the world of e-commerce; the iPhone’s forthcoming Apple Pay, for example, is banking on its fingerprint-scanning Touch ID technology to consumers’ security anxieties, and as more and more users make the switch to mobile commerce, traditional banking technologies such as ATMs may need to …

Oct-14-14 Security Screening Continues Ascent
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Dublin-based market research firm Research and Markets is predicting continued growth for the security screening industry. The firm’s new report, “Security Screening Market by Product, By Application, And by Geography – Analysis and Forecast to 2013 – 2020,” indicates that the market is projected to grow by 9.46 percent per year from now until 2020, when it will reach a valuation of $9.10 billion.The researchers note that while North America’s elaborate security apparatus continues to dominate the worldwide security screening market, holding a share of 38 percent, the Asia-Pacific region is going to see significant growth up to 2020, and will claim …

Oct-14-14 Money 20/20 Announces Speakers In Biometrics Panel
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This November in Las Vegas the payments industry will be converging on the Money 20/20 conference. Running from November 2nd to the 5th, the event is expected to host more than 7,000 attendees including over 600 CEOs from around the world as they celebrate and discuss the newest innovations in money. This year, the event will include a panel, moderated by FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill, on the topic of biometric payment security.The session, titled Biometrics Panel: Secure Identity in an Evolving Mobile Payments Ecosystem will feature a lineup of industry experts deeply involved in this area. Steven Rahman, director of …

Oct-14-14 Privacy Alarms Go Off As Public Learns About Voiceprint Boom
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There’s an old comic book proverb you might remember hearing from time to time, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s the mantra of Spider-man that keeps him fighting the good fight. It’s also a great thing to keep in mind with powerful identity management technologies: biometrics are meant to protect society from fraud, theft and other cybercrime, but in order to effectively do that citizens must trust that their rights, particularly concerning privacy, are not at risk.Generally, when people worry about deviant use of their biometrics it’s due to a misunderstanding of fingerprint technology or a growing mistrust in …

Oct-10-14 Alaska Airlines Seeks Competitive Edge with Biometric Scanning
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US air carrier Alaska Airlines is exploring the use of fingerprint-scanning technology at its terminals, according to Bloomberg’s Julie Johnsson. The company hopes that such biometric technology could provide security while also cutting wait times for passengers.The new “e-thumb” initiative could lead to a substantially faster experience for passengers checking in, according to one industry analyst cited by Johnsson, while another is quoted as making the very reasonable observation that “[a]ir travel is about moving quickly and yet airports are of the places where travelers seem to move the slowest.”The airline is hoping that reducing passengers’ wait times will make …

Oct-10-14 Three New Leaders Slide Into Biometric Mobile Wallet
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Three new members have been added to iWallet Corporation‘s board of directors, the company has announced.iWallet produces the iWallet line of digitally-enhanced wallets featuring biometric security. The wallets are available in both carbon fibre and aluminum chassis constructions, and are designed to secure cash and credit cards along with mobile devices. They’re secured with fingerprint-scanning locks, they shield devices from RF scanning, and they support bluetooth tethering so that an alarm can be sounded if they become separated from their connected mobile devices.The company’s new board members appear to be prudent strategic choices. Carl Rosen brings with him executive experience from …

Oct-10-14 Has Apple Dramatically Shifted The Mobile Biometrics Marketplace?
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A new market brief from Acuity Market Intelligence is positioning Apple’s recent announcements in the areas of commerce, privacy and biometrics as market changing in a major way. The research firm posits that thanks to Apple’s focus on giving users control over their personal data, mobile biometrics are now poised as a privacy enabling technology rather than the opposite.A few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a message on his company’s website committing to the respect and protection of user privacy. Deriding the practices of Apple’s competitors that monetize personal user data, Cook’s message came on the heels of the announcement of the …

Oct-09-14 UK Law Enforcement Market Eager to Add Biometrics to Arsenal
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In a Law Enforcement Biometrics Month miracle, a market research firm has issued a new report on just that topic. Research and Markets, which bills itself as the world’s largest market research store, has just released its report, “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in UK 2014-2018″, in which the firm outlines are growing market for biometric technology in the field of law enforcement and security.The report points to rising concerns about domestic terrorism as the key factor driving the market right now. In the current atmosphere governments are keen to spend their money on public safety measures and biometric technology offers …

Oct-09-14 Nok Nok Labs Announces Support for Apple’s Biometric Security
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Today, Nok Nok Labs has announced that its NNL Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC) now supports the public Touch ID API from Apple. The news will come as a relief to developers hoping to integrate Touch ID biometric access control in their apps but are skeptical about  security thanks to Apple’s failure to significantly improve the fingerprint security on the newest iPhones.With the FIDO Ready MFAC supporting Touch ID, iPhone users can finally find themselves included in the growing ecosystem of strong authentication enabled applications that rely on Nok Nok Labs’ technology. The PayPal and Alibaba biometric authentication features, for instance, can now be enjoyed …

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Feature Articles

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 …

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Modalities Of Justice

It’s Law Enforcement Biometric Month here at FindBiometrics and to celebrate the vertical that aims to keep us safe on the streets and in our homes we’re going to take a look at the diversity in its solutions.FingerprintsFingerprints are so tied to law enforcement that the two ideas are practically synonymous in the minds of the public. The link is so strong for many that when fingerprint biometrics started to become a mainstream consumer technology thanks to new smartphone innovations, many were stricken with technopanicIndeed, the very first use of mobile fingerprint biometrics was in service of justice. In 1995 Digital …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometric Tech Versus Ebola

Last week at Find Biometrics we continued our month long examination of law enforcement biometrics while mobility held on to its top spot as a fixture of identity management news thanks to the persistent and strong hype generated by Apple. Meanwhile border control, access control and privacy concerns in the NBA rounded out an exciting week in our industry.Law EnforcementWeek two of Law Enforcement Biometrics Month had us talking about the FBI’s Next Generation Identity program in the featured articles section while news came in regarding the state of tattoo recognition and the key vendors in the UK’s justice market. …

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: Next Generation Identification

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a logical step in the right direction for law enforcement in the United States. Managed by the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services division (CJIS), NGI brings an exciting amount of next generation efficiency to critical law enforcement procedures that used to take an unbelievable amount of time considering their sensitive nature.NGI became fully operational in September and has been a mainstay topic in the news ever since, but the three letters stand for a whole lot more than just a database of criminal records and a faster way to catch the wanted …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Canadian Biometric Banking

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news spanned everything from physical access control to a Canadian bank that is embracing fingerprint and voice authentication for its mobile app. Meanwhile in the featured articles section we entered Law Enforcement Biometrics Month with a review of how strong authentication and identification tech is catching crooks and keeping us safe. We also took a look at the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program which just recently became fully operational.Starting off with access control news, Entertech Systems (Suprema’s operating partner in the US, UK, Canada and Ireland) announced a partnership with Frontier Security this week. …

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month – The Primer

The law enforcement market has been using biometrics to solve crimes ever since the first print was pulled from a crime scene. Now, biometrics, mobility and identity management extend beyond the crime lab and onto the field, into correctional facilities and onto the computer systems that help catch crooks.All through October, FindBiometrics will be taking a closer look at the biometric solutions that keep law abiding citizens safe at night. Welcome to Law Enforcement Biometrics Month.Wanted Persons and ForensicsWhen the average person thinks about biometrics in relationship to law enforcement, chances are they picture a scene from television’s CSI, in …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A New Way To Scan Fingerprints?

This week at FindBiometrics we reported on news out of the University of Windsor where researchers are developing a new way to capture fingerprints. Meanwhile, both of Apple’s iPhone 6 models kept consumer biometrics in the conversation and we took a look at the many mobile modalities in our featured article of the week.This week we discovered that University of Windsor researchers are working towards improving the method through which fingerprints are scanned in law enforcement, military and border control situations. The goal of the project is to create a scanner that can successfully capture fingerprint images on subjects that …

Mobile Biometrics Month: 5 Modalities that Show the Diversity of Mobile Biometrics

During last week’s events in Tampa – Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit (GIS) – one of the talking points that kept coming up during presentations and panels what the growing sentiment that in identity management there is no one solution to fit every problem. There exists a nuance to biometric deployments that has as much to do with security and convenience as it does with culture and context. The future, many are starting to accept, will be multi-modal.With Mobile Biometrics Month still upon us it’s time to take a look at the many modalities that can go wherever we …

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 …

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