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What differentiates Zwipe’s two-factor authentication technology is it is implemented entirely on a card platform. The fingerprint scanner is visible on the card surface and when you touch the scanner you activate an algorithm in the card, which will perform a match query with a template also stored on the card. Not only is the biometric verification process executed on the card, but the users biometric information is stored only on the card. This eliminates the need to maintain an external database, which itself can be costly and vulnerable to hackers.

3MCogentNLI don’t think biometrics is a silver bullet for perfect security, but it is a very key component when implemented properly with the right framework and the right setting to strengthen the entire identity management solution.

iris-id-newsletterOur roadmap is full of new and exciting technologies. We are looking in multiple areas and, as iris recognition grows, vertical applications in markets such as healthcare and within healthcare, time and attendance or patient registration etc. All of those applications are starting to surface and we are trying to focus more on the vertical application side of the business and not just horizontal identity management applications.

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Apr-16-14 Kenyan Government Biometrically Registering All Citizens
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Biometric registration continues to grow in global popularity. Recently it has been announced that The Kenyan government is rolling out a new national ID initiative that aims to register all citizens in the country via their biographical details and biometric measurements.“In order to address the prevailing security challenges, we intend to consolidate all current registers of persons into a single national register with accurate and relevant information,” explains deputy president William Ruto, who spoke to online news outlet Daily Nation.The project is expected to take up to six months, primarily benefiting the nation by addressing security concerns, aid in national …

Apr-15-14 Association of German Banks To Host Biometric Banking Workshop
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The Association of German Banks will be hosting a workshop on the benefits of biometrics in banking, to be held on May 21, 2014. The focus is to be on the way that secure biometric transactions work in practice and will emphasize the importance of a convenient end user experience.Mobility particularly has become a major factor in finance, with banking customers able to access their accounts instantly wherever they are whenever they want. In all cases, there needs to be a greater level of security, preferably with a greater level of convenience.Though regular readers of findBIOMETRICS and Mobile ID World …

Apr-14-14 Viscount Systems Wins Physical Access Control Contracts
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“Essentially, Freedom makes good on its namesake by allowing for the connection of entry devices – including those that use biometrics – using a building’s standard IT network. This means no additional control panels or wiring is needed for a biometric upgrade.”Today, Viscount Systems announced that it has been awarded contracts to deploy its Freedom access control technology and its VeriCert certification software to government facilities in Louisiana and California.Though due to sensitivity reasons Viscount is unable to say what agency will be protecting itself behind its technology, the contracts total more than $50,000 in value. These new upcoming deployments …

Apr-10-14 Zwipe Awarded by Security Industry Association
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ISC West was last week, and served as an excellent start to findBIOMETRICS’ physical access control month. One of the big topics of conversation has been the Zwipe biometric card, which made its debut at last week’s conference in Las Vegas.It looks like we aren’t the only people talking about the company’s contactless biometric security solution. Today, Zwipe announced that the first showing of the physical access technology went so well that the company received a new product award from the Security Industry Association.Kim Kristian Humborstad, Zwipe’s CEO, is particularly impressed by the warm reception that the company’s product received …

Apr-10-14 University of Texas Grants MorphoTrust The Hook ‘em Horns Award
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MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has been recognized by The Center for Identity at the University of Texas, announcing today that it is the recipient of the Hook ‘em Horns Award. The identity solutions company serves as communications chair for the Center’s board of advisors.This honor is in recognition of MorphoTrust’s active participation on the Center’s board of advisors. It also serves as an acknowledgement of the company’s leadership in the area of identity solutions.“The Center for Identity sincerely appreciates MorphoTrust’s leadership and dedication to advancing the Center’s mission of excellence in identity research and education,” says Dr. Suzanne Barber, director for …

Apr-10-14 BIO-key International Announces Five New Partnerships
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BIO-key International has been optimistic about 2014. Last week the company released its final 2013 financial results, hosting a conference call that was broadcast live over the Internet, and though the revenues were down when compared to the year previous, BIO-key itself is in an excellent position as we enter this year’s second quarter.Today, BIO-key’s active role in the biometrics arena is on full display. The fingerprint identification and mobile solutions company announced that it has expanded its partner sales network with five new members.CAS Severn, ILANTUS Technologies, Palmetto Software Group, Pontis Research and Prolifics were all named today as …

Apr-08-14 Facial Biometrics Replacing Passwords in Online Learning
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Biometrics have a very special place in multilingual deployment scenarios. The human body speaks its own universal language of identity. We have seen this particularly benefit the healthcare industry through field deployments that leverage fingerprint biometrics to better keep track of health records regardless of language or literacy barriers. Now, we are beginning to see this philosophy applied to the space of online learning.Biometric ID and motion analysis specialist KeyLemon SA announced yesterday that it has partnered with Swissteach AG in order to bring facial recognition sign-on to the Global Teach online learning management system. Currently a supplemental level of …

Apr-07-14 NIST Praises Cognitec Face Recognition Algorithm
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When it comes to facial recognition, age is beginning to matter a lot more as an estimated factor, particularly in the commercial and government sectors. Age-based access control, age verification, identification in missing persons, crime and disaster situations, and certainly age-based marketing are all facial recognition applications that modern technology is now able to provide solutions for.The National Institute for Standards and Technology, otherwise known as NIST, has recently published test results on the performance of the automatic age estimation algorithms that make the above applications possible. Coming out on top with the most accurate age estimation for all age …

Apr-07-14 Fingerprint Biometrics Authorizing Physical Payment in Vietnam
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Today brings the announcement that a biometric physical payment solution has gone live in Vietnam, allowing customers to pay for goods with nothing but their identity. No cards, no PINs, not even a smartphone is needed, just prior registration and the tip of a finger.TSYS is responsible for the PRIME ATM technology that powers this solution, which has been selected by Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Vietnam Eximbank) to provide over the counter payment or ATM transactions to its customers via fingerprint authentication.Mitsuaki Shiogo, vice president of Eximbank commented: “Ease of payments is central to the Eximbank vision …

Apr-04-14 ISC West 2014: Fujitsu Announces New “Spoof-Proof” Palm Vein Biometric Access Control Solution
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“Because the biometric is vascular and requires blood to be flowing through the submitted hand, liveness detection is simply par for the course.”Today is the final day of ISC West in Las Vegas, Nevada, and day four of Physical Access Control Month at findBIOMETRICS. It is fitting then that during the major physical access control conference, Fujitsu Frontech North America has announced its newest entry in biometric access control technology: the PalmEntryXS solution.As its name implies, the new physical access control solution leverages Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric technology, which uses near-infrared light to capture a user’s palm vein pattern in order …

Apr-03-14 EnterTech Systems Partners with Open Options For Global Biometric Access Control Adoption
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Breaking down adoption barriers is a big part of the discussions in biometric physical access control, and a company that has been constantly endeavoring to be a key part of these conversations is EnterTech Systems, the US operating partner of Suprema.Recently, continuing in this same manner, EnterTech announced a partnership with Open Options, a provider of open platform access control solutions. The result is this: Open Options’ DNA Fusion access control software now integrates with Suprema fingerprint biometric readers (as well as card and PIN options) and EnterTech Systems’ BioConnect application helps ease the friction that comes along with managing …

Apr-03-14 ISC West 2014: Iris ID Releases iCAM Manager Software Development Kit
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This week in Las Vegas the ISC West conference and exhibition is keeping the attention of the biometrics industry. The event is a major happening in the world of physical access control verticals and as was discussed in the latest findBIOMETRICS primer, biometric technology has an immense number of applications when it comes to keeping areas protected via identity management.Iris ID, formerly LG Iris, has been taking full advantage of the stage that ISC West is providing, having announced three new integrators in the lead up to the conference and, on the first day of the event announcing the release …

Apr-02-14 Primer: What We Talk About When We Talk About Biometric Physical Access Control
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ISC West 2014, which is underway in Las Vegas and will be running through Friday, is playing host to a large number of biometrics vendors and professionals involved in physical access control.Now is naturally a great time to explore the exciting and versatile world of biometric physical access control. That is why findBIOMETRICS has deemed April 2014 Physical Access Control Month.  The term itself encompasses a very wide range of ideas related to identity and security, so it is easy to overlook certain aspects of it.To kick off Physical Access Control Month here is a list of the bigger ideas …

Apr-02-14 BIO-key Releases Final 2013 Financial Results
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April 2, 2012 – by Peter B. Counter     As reported previously on findBIOMETRICS, BIO-key International was scheduled to release its fiscal year and fourth quarter 2013 financial results this week. The results were made public on Monday, and on Tuesday there was a subsequent conference call discussing the numbers.In terms of the quarterly breakdown, a marked decrease in comparison to Q4 2012, is called a result from lower license revenue that led to a decrease in sales this past year. The total revenue for the three months ending on December 31, 2013 came out to be $327,500: a 78 …

Apr-01-14 3M Cogent MiY Biometric Readers Win New Integrator
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April 1, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     Today, 3M Cogent announced that Schneider Electric has selected the biometric solutions provider’s MiY biometric access control readers to be integrated into its bulding management solutions.Schneider Electric’s Andover Continuum Integrated Security and Building Management Solution is, as its name implies, a full management system for buildings. Power monitoring, climate control and energy management are all taken care of with the ecosystem manager of a solution, as well as a great number of security operations including physical access control, intrusion monitoring, fire alarm monitoring and digital video surveillance.3M Cogent’s FIPS 201 certified …

Apr-01-14 DigitalPersona’s Latin American Biometric Banking Deployment Takes Aim at The End User Experience
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April 1, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     Over 800 banks and 1,000 pension fund offices in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil stand to gain a biometric boost in fraud protection now that Coppel Corporation – a group of retail and finance companies – has chosen DigitalPersona’s fingerprint identification solutions, namely the U.are.U fingerprint readers, for the purpose of identity assurance.The announcement hit the wire today that Coppel Corporation chose DigitalPersona for this specific task. The initial decision to go with the fingerprint identification solutions from DigitalPersona was one of streamlining service. Coppel says that the idea was to simplify …

Apr-01-14 ISC West 2014: Iris ID Announces Integration with LINX Command and Control System
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April 1, 2014 – by peter B. Counter     Iris ID Systems has announced a third integration in preparation for this week’s ISC West conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday we brought news of the iris biometrics technology provider’s partnerships with DAQ Electronics and SekureID, today findBIOMETRICS is going to take a look at yet another integration: Will-Burt Company’s LINX Command and Control System.Will-Burt Company has certified Iris ID’s IrisAccess 7000 series as an integrated solution compatible with LINX.“We have a strong relationship with Will-Burt and are very pleased that our new devices are going to be part …

Mar-31-14 BIO-key Signs With IDEX, Further Commits To Mobile Biometrics Market
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March 31, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     Today, BIO-key International announced that it has entered into a license agreement with IDEX ASA, a move what will see the two companies collaborating to deliver advanced and accessible biometric solutions particularly for smartphones, tablets at PCs.Combining BIO-key’s fingerprint identification solutions, as well as its mobile authentication and identity assurance technology with IDEX’s capacitive fingerprint sensors, the team will be aiming to provide an end to end strong authentication product that promises to meet the growing demand for mobile biometrics.“The mobile market is rapidly adopting fingerprint sensors for convenient user authentication, …

Mar-31-14 Iris ID Announces Integration with DAQ Electronics and SekureID
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On Friday, Iris ID announced two new partners in integration. Both SekureID Corp and DAQ Electronics have joined the Iris ID certified partner program and will have their respective integrated biometric solutions on display at this week’s ISC West conference and exhibition.(Important note for exhibition goers: the solutions described below appear at separate locations at the exhibition floor. The SekureID time management solution will be at the IrisID booth #17115, while the DAQ security offering will be at booth #15137.)Both companies will be integrating Iris ID’s IrisAccess technology into their solutions. In the case of SekureID’s workforce management products the …

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VIDEO PLAYLIST: findBIOMETRICS at ISC West 2014

ISC West is a major event in biometric security and physical access control. This year the exhibition and conference – held in Las Vegas – was particularly booming. Veterans of the industry were on the same floor as brand new solutions, and findBIOMETRICS was there to capture it on camera.Below You will find a video playlist containing video interviews and product demos, filmed by findBIOMETRICS president Peter O’Neill and edited by our assistant editor and webmaster Shaun Winters. Stay posted during the rest of April as we roll each one out individually as part of findBIOMETRICS’ Physical Access Control Month. 

4 Real Deployments That Show Diversity In Biometric Access Control

This is week three in Physical Access Control Month at findBIOMETRICS. Already we’ve taken a broad overview of the topic, and delved deeper into the rich subject of adoption barriers in this area of biometric application, now it’s time to look at some of the real life deployments in this field.Here are four recent physical access control deployments – each showcasing a different mode – that show the versatility that can be demanded when it comes to serving customers looking for next generation security:1. Palm-vein biometrics protect UC Irvine’s state of the art Kay Family Foundation Innovation LabThe Kay Family …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometrics, Age Estimation and Physical Access

The second week of Physical Access Control Month at findBIOMETRICS has come to a close, and in terms of industry news there was no shortage of on-topic reporting.Zwipe AS announced that it received an award from the Security Industry Association this month for its physical access control biometric smart card solution. The Zwipe biometric card received its first public showing at the beginning of April during ISC West and the award is indicative of the warm reception the solution was givenThe biometric access card solution that Zwipe shares its company name with is a great example of technology that attacks the …

The Barriers of Adoption In Biometric Physical Access Control

This is week two of Physical Access Control Month here at findBIOMETRICS. Right now the major discussion in security of this kind is what adoption barriers face vendors and enterprises alike.Last week we touched on this briefly: there are some common issues that are keeping these two parties apart, each one a demand from the organization wanting better security, and each one a focus of companies trying to provide the necessary biometric upgrades that can protect critical areas.Let’s take this time to delve deeper into this major topic of discussion.Security and ConvenienceThe promise of biometrics in every deployment is one …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Kicking Off Physical Access Control Month

The first week of April wielded a massive amount of biometrics industry news, and much of it was appropriately on theme with the topic of the month: biometric physical access control. To get everyone up to speed with just exactly what sort of things we will be talking about this month in the featured articles, as well as when the news calls for it, we have published the latest findBIOMETRICS primer on the theme, addressing the key aspects and providing the appropriate links for further reading.April was a great time to schedule Physical Access Control Month, as much of the …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Controlling Access, Protecting Borders and Getting Ready For ISC West

March 30, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     The week most recently past was filled with physical access and border control news and there is no surprise as to why: in mere days the biometrics industry will have it gaze focused on Las Vegas, Nevada for this year’s ISC West conference and exhibition.Physical access control is an exciting area of application for biometrics, and one that its welcoming to just about every strong authentication mode out there. A great example of this flexibility can be illustrated with a look at Morpho (Safran)’s product lineup for ISC West, which highlights …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Malaysia Flight 370, Ugandan Voter Registration and eServices For Eveyone

March 23, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     This week identity management took the forefront of the news as the search for Malaysian flight 370 continued, two separate deployments promised to prevent fraud through citizen enrollment and the Secure Identity Alliance called for greater adoption in government eServices.The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia flight 370 en route to Beijing highlighted a vulnerability in the current state of biometric border control, as news broke in the event’s wake that two of the passengers on board the 777 Boeing passenger jet were carrying counterfeit biometric passports. Speaking to how biometric eGates and …

Industry News Roundup: Biometric Conferences, Conveniences and Coolness

March 16, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     This week saw the announcement of two major biometrics industry conferences, both being held in the next seven days, one in Washington DC, the other in Hong Kong. CARTES Asia will be offering a look at innovations in smart card tech, mobile and other security solutions developed for the Asia-Pacific market, while connect:ID will be taking a broad focus on all verticals experiencing a renewed period of excitement and growth.In Washington, from March 17 to 19, the IBIA and Science Media Partners are providing the opportunity for vendors and professionals in …

Enterprise Solutions, Border Control, Biometrics – findBIOMETRICS Industry News Roundup: March 3-7

March 9, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     After the heavy focus on consumers and mobility the week prior, this one most recently past put our eyes right back on the verticals, where the mainstreaming of biometrics is having an immensely positive effect.For proof, one need only take a look at the automated border control (ABC) eGates and Kiosks market. This vertical is extremely specialized, as those who have seen the recent findBIOMETRICS webinar on the subject will clearly understand, and it is on the verge of significant market growth. This week, Acuity Market Intelligence released information from its most …

The Disruption, Mobility and Efficiency in Biometrics – findBIOMETRICS Industry News Roundup: Feb 24-28

March 2, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter     This past week, findBIOMETRICS spoke with Alexey Khitrov, president of voice biometrics company Speechpro. The discussion turned to how biometrics are a disruptive idea in a world so dependent on the ancient password and PIN system. Speechpro’s VoiceKey.OnePass is an example of the company’s purposefully disruptive stance in the security markets, leveraging mobility and online connectivity to make authentication by voice easy and authentic.Mobility is key in disruption within the verticals currently experiencing a shift in market landscape thanks to the mainstreaming of biometric authentication technologies. The automated border control eGate …

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