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Interviews

As part of Biometric Border Control Month, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill interviewed Peter Went, the CEO of WCC Search & Match. The discussion begins with an overview of how WCC is helping address the challenges in border control, moves on to the role of multi-modal biometrics in this area, and finishes with talk of why 2014 has been extremely good for the company.

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

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

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

Latest Industry News

Dec-19-14 Uber Developing Biometric Screening for Drivers
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Uber, the controversial crowd-sourcing taxi service, has announced that it will implement new measures to screen drivers including biometric analysis, according to a CNN Tech article by Chris Isidore. Uber’s head of safety, Phillip Cardenas, has stated that the new screening protocol will involve voice recognition and possibly other biometric checks, presumably to authenticate the identities of potential drivers.The company has come under fire lately for controversies related to how it screens its drivers, mostly involving sexual assaults against passengers. Biometric checks may enable Uber to screen out any drivers with disconcerting criminal histories.It isn’t yet clear exactly what form …

Dec-19-14 SpeechPro Named Industry Leader by Trade Magazine
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Voice biometrics developer SpeechPro has been named an industry leader by a prominent trade magazine. Speech Technology Magazine made the assessment based on a study conducted by Opus Research, and published its findings in a report entitled “Voice Biometrics Consensus: Global Tally of Voice Security and Authentication Implementations“.The study found that SpeechPro’s target markets, which include government, financial services, healthcare, and education, are major growth areas for the voice biometrics industry as a whole; SpeechPro has secured deals to supply a number of partners in these areas with its VoiceGrid and VoiceKey technologies. The company has also been actively involved …

Dec-19-14 ZTE Launches Speech-Controlled Smartphone
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Mobile device maker ZTE has unveiled a new smartphone that integrates voice recognition software as a key part of its user interface. The company is banking on the ZTE Star 2′s voice control functions to distinguish it from a growing roster of competitors, and is debuting the phone on the Chinese market.Voice control isn’t a new thing, of course. Apple has had its Siri system running on its smartphones for a while now, while Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8.1 users to its voice-controlled Cortana software earlier this year. Neither of those proved to be a wild success, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility …

Dec-19-14 Diamond Fortress Releases Overhauled Fingerprint-Scanning Software
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Biometrics developer Diamond Fortress Technologies (DFT) has unveiled the newest iteration of its ONYX software. ONYX 4 boasts of numerous technical improvements and an overhauled user interface.The multi-platform software facilitates the use of fingerprint scanning even on mobile devices that don’t have the biometric technology built in. It works like this: The phone’s rear-facing camera is used to scan the user’s fingerprint and convert that into a mathematical formula; that formula is then used to match future scans of the fingerprint. The versatility of this system has made it quite ubiquitous; according to DFT, “ONYX is currently in use on more models …

Dec-18-14 The FIDO Alliance Announces Password Killing CES 2015 Presence
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After officially releasing its final 1.0 draft specifications for strong online authentication last week, the FIDO Alliance, a consortium dedicated to replacing passwords with next generation security – has announced a substantial lineup to be showcased at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January.Support for FIDO has grown rapidly and immensely over its two year existence and now we have reached a point from which everyday end-users can choose post-password security to protect their accounts and transactions. This is especially true now that Google’s Chrome browser supports the FIDO standards, allowing users to log in to Google accounts …

Dec-18-14 Precise Biometrics’ Focus on Mobile Fingerprints Pays Off with Government Order
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The US government has ordered a whole bunch of Tactivo readers for its employees, allowing them to use their security cards to access sensitive information through their mobile devices. The order was placed by the US Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), through the company’s partner, TX Systems, and was for 1100 Tactivo readers at a value of about one million Swedish krona.The Tactivo readers employ multi-factor authentication by combining the scanning of smart cards with the security measures enabled by the mobile devices to which they attach. In the case of an Apple iPhone, for example, the card …

Dec-18-14 India’s Aadhaar Program Sees Over 100 Million Linked to Bank Accounts
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India’s biometric identity card program continues to roll out as the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asserts that 100 million of the unique identities have been linked to official bank accounts, according to an article in The Economic Times. The UIDAI suggested that the 100-million-mark represents ‘a major milestone’.The ambitious program, which uses a biometric registry of citizens connected to their Aadhaar identity cards and is part of the ongoing Digital India initiative, not only aims to enhance border security, but also to improve the administration of government services and to cut down on graft. To the latter ends, the program seems to …

Dec-18-14 Acuity Market Intelligence Touts Growth of ABC and APC
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Automated Border Control (ABC) is now coming into “a new phase of market maturity,” according to an industry expert. Maxine Most, lead analyst at Acuity Market Intelligence, describes an industry experiencing massive growth, with the upward trends reported in Acuity’s most recent publications “ABC eGate Deployment List” and “APC Kiosk Deployment List“.Most has been touting the growth potential of ABC systems and Automated Passport Control (APC) mechanisms over the past year, and she now brings us some fresh numbers to demonstrate the trends: worldwide, there are now over 1600 eGates, with full-scale deployments in Germany and even the UK, where such technology was previously …

Dec-17-14 HID Global Named One of China’s Top 10 Brands for Access Control
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Austin-based identity solutions provider HID Global has been named one of China’s Top 10 Access Control Brands for 2014. The distinction is given by A&S China, one of the country’s major security publications, and this is the eleventh year in a row that HID Global has been named to the list.HID Global won the distinction thanks to its iCLASS SE platform, which uses the company’s Seos technology to use a multiple authentication methods – including biometrics – for identity management purposes across a range of devices. The technology also has the capability of turning any smart device featuring wireless functionality into …

Dec-17-14 British Biometrics Commissioner Complains of Legal Hurdles for Police
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The UK’s biometrics commissioner has issued his first annual report, and it raises some concerns about how the state handles biometric information relating to criminals, according to an article by Alan Travis in The Guardian. The commissioner, Alastair MacGregor, suggests that legal restrictions on the police’s ability to keep biometric data on foreign nationals prohibit them from effective policing.In 2012, a law was passed in the UK to protect British citizens’ biometric data. Called the Protection of Freedoms Act, it ensured that police would destroy the biometric records of individuals who had been arrested but not charged. Unfortunately, this legislation also …

Dec-17-14 Various Products to Demonstrate Valencell Tech at CES 2015
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A biometric technology developer specializing in athletic and fitness metrics has announced a string of prominent licensing applications, which will be on display at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. Valencell’s technology has found its way into products from Scosche, Atlas, Jabra, and Intel.The range of applications the company’s PerformTek technology has found is pretty impressive: Jabra, LG, and SMS Audio have all incorporated it into their earbuds; iriver has used it in a cardia monitoring headset, and ATLAS has used it in its new Wristband.Speaking on this topic in a press release, Valencell president Dr. Steven LeBoeuf emphasized the accuracy and …

Dec-17-14 California State Students Champion Multimodal Biometrics with Security System Development
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A team of undergrads at Cal State Fullerton is working on what could be the next big mobile authentication system, writes Jamie Corpuz in the University’s paper, the Daily Titan. The undergraduate researchers, led professors Mikhail Gofman and Sinjini Mitra, is developing a multimodal system that they presented on recently at the CSUF Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research.The general aim of the team is to create a more reliable mobile security system using multimodal biometric authentication. More specifically, the group is working on a system that uses short audiovisual recordings to employ facial and speech recognition methods for authentication. So far the …

Dec-16-14 Invisible Biometrics: Personal Cameras’ Footage Can Reveal Users’ Identities, Say Researchers
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Researchers have determined that individuals can be identified by the footage from their personal mounted cameras, according to an article by James Vincent for The Verge. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, Yedid Hoshen and Professor Shmuel Peleg, say that person’s movement is characteristic and unique enough that its effects on the footage from a head- or body-mounted camera is distinguishable and can be used for identification purposes.In a paper on their study, entitled Egocentric Video Biometrics, the researchers note that they could identify volunteers from only four seconds of video footage, by tracking objects’ “optical flow” through the frame of …

Dec-16-14 WVU Biometric App Startup Raises Over $1M in Angel Investment
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A biometric security start-up based out of West Virginia University has secured $1.25 million in angel investment. The company, called Confirmix, has been developing a new tool that will use facial recognition to unlock users’ mobile devices.The project started in WVU’s Multispectral Imaging Lab, whose director, Thirimachos Bourlai, assigned a few students the task of creating a prototype for the app, which they completed within its one-week deadline; they called it SecureSelfie. From there, the project snowballed into the growing business it is now, which is set to open a sales office in the Chicago-metropolitan area.There have been rising security concerns …

Dec-16-14 SecuGen Bringing Fingerprint Biometrics to CES 2015
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The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is less than a month away, believe it or not, and it looks like we can start to expect even more biometrics vendors and solutions than we saw last year’s event.Today, SecuGen Corporation announced that it will be heading to Las Vegas for CES in January and bringing its two newest fingerprint sensors with it. Both the U20 and the SDA04PX biometric sensors, which are described as low cost and high quality, will be showcased by SecuGen who will be manning booth 36821 at the major industry event.“Fingerprint sensors are being deployed in increasingly …

Dec-15-14 Indian Cab Company Employs Biometrics To Bring Trust Back To Taxis
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The recent news of a rape allegedly committed by Delhi Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav on a female passenger, has created a vacuum of trust in the industry of cars for hire. Meru Cabs has turned to biometrics in order to ensure that deviant and dangerous individuals (described by the company CTO as “serial offenders and psychos”) are prevented from entering into the system and hopes that other taxi companies will follow suit.Invoking India’s Aadhaar national ID program, Nilesh Sangoi, CTO of Meru Cabs, stated in a blog post over the weekend that the company will begin making cars safer …

Dec-15-14 iTouch Biometrics Deploys Law Enforcement Solution for Romeoville PD
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The Romeoville, Illinois police department has adopted software from iTouch Biometrics in order to replace both the livescan fingerprint and DC Book mugshot solutions that it is currently using.Having adopted iTouch’s Accurate-ID solution, the Romeoville PD can now manage and store fingerprint and mugshot records through the same platform. This two-in-one functionality made all the difference according to Deputy Chief Ken Kroll.“What was key was finding a company that could convert nine years of booking data. When iTouch said that they could do it in one system that was a big selling point for us,” said Kroll in a press …

Dec-15-14 Sticky Password Sees Security Advantages Offered by Mobile Biometrics
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Password management solutions provider Sticky Password has announced that the newest version of its software will feature biometric security measures. The software now recognizes Android and iOS fingerprint authentication, and will allow users to use it to access their password databases.It’s a smart move on Sticky Password’s part. Thanks in large part to Apple’s pioneering efforts with its TouchID system, fingerprint scanners are poised to become standard features on smartphones on both the high- and low-end of the cost spectrum. Security experts such as those in the FIDO Alliance have been advocating for multi-factor authentication for some time, and biometric security is seen as having …

Dec-15-14 IDC Predicts Growing Importance of Biometrics in Digital Security
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International Data Corporation (IDC) has hosted a web conference on the future of the digital world, and it has produced a number of predictions about the future of digital security. Based on the findings from the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Security 2015 Predictions conference, it looks like biometric technology is going to play an increasingly important role in digital security over the next several years.The most relevant prediction concerns the use of biometric technology in mobile devices. We’re already well aware of its growing prominence, as smaller smartphone developers have begun to follow Apple’s lead in including fingerprint scanners on new …

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Feature Articles

Biometrics Matter More than Ever Before: 12th Annual FindBiometrics Year in Review

For the past 12 years, the FindBiometrics Team has been proud to give our readers a look back on the past twelve months in biometrics and identity technology, collecting opinions from the most important figures in the industry.This year, more than ever before, biometrics have gained mainstream attention and received real deployments that affect more than just those of us who live and breathe the industry. If 2013 was the year that biometrics first became a mainstream technology, then 2014 was the year we started to see exactly what that means for the world at large. As such, for the first …

Biometrics News Roundup: Specifications, Mobility and 40 Years of Fingerprinting

This past week at FindBiometrics we took a look back on 2014’s most informative news items in our featured articles section while identity management history continued to be built. News ranging from successes in consortia, to the biometric border control and even some talk about the Internet of Things kept the industry discussions strong as we quickly approach year’s end.Here are the big stories of the week:StandardsThis week, the FIDO Alliance published the final 1.0 drafts of its UAF and U2F specifications for strong online authentication. It was a major industry milestone, and one met with proclamations of the true …

Biometric Spotlight: The Year in Industry News

2014 has been a massive year in biometrics news. Since January, biometrics has been finding more and more traction in the mainstream and vertical markets, with real life deployments, major partnerships and the critical discussions that come with a huge uptick popularity.The FindBiometrics Team was proud to be with you every step of the way. Here is a collection of notable industry news items form the past year that will help illustrate what the biometric discussion looked like in 2014.CommerceThe area of biometric application that’s captured the attention of end users around the world has been commerce. From PayPal embracing biometric enabled …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Time Tracking, Mobility and Money

This week  at FindBiometrics we reported on time and attendance applications, new biometric deployments in finance, developments in the mobile markets and more from a wide range of modalities and regions.Here are the top Industry News stories from the past week.FinanceOne of the biggest news items of the year was the announcement that MasterCard and Zwipe have combined forces to bring fingerprint authentication to point of sale credit card transactions. This week the pilot of the technology, which was taking place in Norway, was successfully completed and we learned where to expect the biometric credit cards to pop up next. …

Biometric Spotlight: A Look Back at the Featured Content of 2014

December is here and that means it’s time to look back on the massive year in identity management that was 2014. All month we will be taking a look back on the news, interviews and features that made 2014 so exciting in biometrics.Today we’re kicking off the December retrospective by remembering the best of our monthly themed content. Every month at FindBiometrics we choose a specific area of biometrics, whether its a specific modality, a vertical market, a topic of conversation or something else, and spend the following weeks with an in depth examination.Here is what we got up to …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Identity Management

This past week at FindBiometrics was, for the second week in a row, dominated by international identity tech news. We also had the requisite biometric commerce updates, an exciting number of new innovations and finished off Biometric Border Control Month.Border ControlNovember has been Biometric Border Control Month here at FindBiometrics and this week we brought the festivities to a close with our featured topic roundup. Meanwhile in the industry news section we reported on MorphoTrust’s new biometric screening expansion into the office space and the driving factors in the global border control market. FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill also interviewed Peter …

Biometric Border Control Month: The Roundup

All throughout November at FindBiometrics we have been taking an in depth look at the booming world of biometric border control solutions. This area of biometric application has been a popular topic of conversation all year in the world of identity management and as such there was plenty to unpack in the featured articles, interviews and industry news sections.Here is a look at what we got up to during Biometric Border Control Month:Talking About Borders and BiometricsWe began the month with a primer on the topic of biometrics and border control. Interviews and major news items from all across the …

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

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

Biometric Border Control Month: Three Biometric Airport Security Deployments

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

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Many Modalities and Border Control

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

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