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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-01-14 Researchers Predict India’s Biometrics Market Will Exceed 2.7 Billion USD Within 5 Years
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A new report from TechSci Research is predicting massive growth in India’s biometrics market over the next several years. The market research firm suggests that the market’s overall value will surpass $2.7 billion (US) by 2019.The researchers attribute this to a few major factors. One is large-scale government initiatives; the government is seeking to digitize driver’s licenses and has initiated the National ID project Aadhaar to be administered by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which will seek secure means by which to store and protect citizens’ identity data. They also want to install face recognition technology at major …

Oct-01-14 Singapore Government Turns an Eye Towards Iris Scanning
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Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced that it’s looking into the possibility of introducing biometric iris-scanning technology as a complement to their current security apparatuses at airports and other such travel facilities, according to a new AsiaOne Travel article by Hoe Pei Shan. The ICA is asking potential vendors to submit their proposals by October 10th.The ICA hopes to use the technology with pre-registration of citizens’ iris patterns, allowing travelers’ faster and more hassle-free passage through security checkpoints. If it goes forward with implementing such a program, it could be the first Asian country to do so.Pei Shan …

Oct-01-14 New iOS App Brings Biometric Security To File Storage
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After this year’s WWDC, when Apple announced the new iOS 8, biometric authentication suddenly became an option for developers creating apps for new iPhones. During the conference, Apple opened up the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for use by third party developers. Thanks to this permission to use Touch ID, a new app that promises biometric security for file storage is on its way to iPhone users.Lockbox is a new app for iOS devices, expected to be released this week, that leverages the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to add a higher level of security to document and file storage.Matt Bukovicky, one of the co-developers of …

Oct-01-14 CLEAR welcomes TSA’s outreach to private sector
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In the wake of the US Transportation Security Administration’s announcement that it would be seeking private companies’ help with its PreCheck passenger screening program, CLEAR has issued a statement indicating that the company endorses this development.PreCheck is the TSA’s fast-track security program for passengers deemed to be low-risk, allowing them the privilege of remaining full clothed when passing through security, and even deigning to let them keep their precious liquids stored away in their carry-on bags. CLEAR, meanwhile, employs fingerprint and iris scanners to verify the identities of passengers, and has an extant partnership with the TSA’s PreCheck program at …

Oct-01-14 Fujitsu Hopes to Play a Winning Hand with Casino Tech Combination
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Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., a division of the famous Japanese ICT firm specializing in cash-handling security systems, will showcase a variety of products at this week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas in the hopes of attracting some client casinos. With a suite of new products including cash-counting devices, biometrics technology, and RFID tags, Fujitsu hopes its security concept will appeal to casino managers’ desire for cash control and loss aversion.The primary biometrics tool on display will be the company’s PalmSecure technology, which uses vascular imaging technology to verify users’ identities – in other words, it scans the …

Sep-30-14 IDtech360 Enters The Market, Connects Clients With Identity Management
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A new company has entered the identity management arena to answer the growing demand for fully integrated biometric solutions in the United States. IDtech360 announced this week that it has launched its operations as a US distributor of biometric identity and access products.The company’s founder and CEO, Seth Miller, says that he saw the opportunity to represent the big overseas players in biometrics in the US. Specifically, he recognized the need for a company in the States that could connect integrator groups and users with the offer of multiple biometric modalities. This approach offers clients the flexibility to choose the …

Sep-30-14 BIO-key Aims at Mass Markets With New Biometric Reader
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Today, BIO-key International - a company specializing in biometric identification, cloud-based mobile credentialing and identity verification – announced a new piece of technology that it’s calling revolutionary: a new, compact and low cost fingerprint reader called SideSwipe.The SideSwipe Mini-Reader is priced at $34.99. It connects to a device through USB without the use of a cable, offering BIO-key fingerprint recognition to mobile devices like tablets, laptops and other mobile form factors with the proper port. BIO-key has positioned the new authentication device as ideal for banking, retail, enterprise and commercial applications.Mike DePasquale, BIO-key’s chairman and CEO, calls the launch of SideSwipe a major …

Sep-29-14 Viscount Systems Secures USCIS Contracts in Florida and New Jersey
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Viscount Systems, a British Columbia-based security access technology provider, has won contracts to secure US government facilities in Florida and New Jersey. Awarded by the US Department of Homeland Security, the contracts will see Viscount provide access control technology to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) buildings in both states.The contracts arrive in the wake of Viscount’s certification with Federal Credential and Access Management (FICAM), a US government initiative to enhance citizens’ cyber-security as government services move online, and to increase physical security at government-owned and -leased facilities.A long-time industry player that got its start with Intercom phone-entry technology …

Sep-29-14 Identify Security Software Inc. Bets on Hybrid of Existing Identification Technologies
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Identify Security Software Inc. has introduced its new security platform, iDenitfyME, which uses a combination of biometric and visual identification technologies in pursuit of identity security management. This Digital-Analog Hybrid technology is intended to be autonomous, identifying users without requiring their active participation in the process. The technology is designed to mine the wealth of identity information available via perpetual observation of users, with its sensors able to identify and track individuals persistently as long as they are within range.A newcomer to the field, Identify Security Software Inc. operates on a model of co-opting existing identification technologies and feeding their …

Sep-29-14 Viscount Systems Delves Deeper Into Private Sector with $150,000 Contract
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Access control technology company Viscount Systems has won a $150,000 contract to provide Freedom Access Control and MESH Telephone Entry systems to a 1600-tenant high-rise complex in British Columbia.Viscount Systems, a security industry player since 1965, launched its MESH product line in 2003, and followed with its Freedom system in 2010. With its focus on software-based security technology, free of the need for expensive and complex access control panel hardware, Viscount is positioning its Freedom system as a revolutionary – not to mention environmentally-friendly – development in the field of security access control.Moreover, Viscount strives to be an industry leader in …

Sep-29-14 Entertech Partners With Frontier To Break Biometric Adoption Barriers
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Entertech Systems, the operating partner of Suprema in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada, has long been an advocate of breaking down the three major adoption barriers in biometric access control. Recently in this quest of making next gen access control accessible, Entertech has announced a partnership with Frontier Security.The partnership has resulted in the integration of Suprema technology, including biometric fingerprint readers, with the Frontier Integrated Platform, a software suite that provides users control of video management, alarm management and monitoring, auditing, reporting and real time response. Now that Entertech is in the picture, the platform can …

Sep-29-14 Ford To Take Biometrics on the Road
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Toyota isn’t the only motor company looking to integrate biometrics in to the largest and fastest mobile device you keep in your garage. Patently Apple – a website that reports on patents filed by Tim Cook’s Cupertino company - has come across a new invention from Ford’s Global Technologies division that would see fingerprint sensors used as access control for automobiles.Patently Apple describes Ford’s biometric interface as operating on iOS, a choice directly related to the fact that the automotive company is listed as one of Apple’s CarPlay partners. The system will see biometric fingerprint sensors working in the resulting car’s steering wheel …

Sep-26-14 IrisAccess Product Line Receives Significant Price Drop
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Next week from September 29 to October 1 at the ASIS conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Iris ID (formerly LG Electronics, Iris Technology Division) will be demonstrating its IrisAccess biometric solutions. Today, in advance of this industry event, Iris ID has announced that the IrisAccess product line will be receiving a significant price reduction.Iris ID will specifically be reducing the price of the iCAM7 series of products which feature a motor driven targeting aid and  an auto-focus lens-enabled iris acquisition process which ensures rapid, high quality iris image capture for enrollment and recognition.Iris ID CEO Charles Koo comments: “We’ve been working …

Sep-26-14 EyeLock Integrates Iris Biometrics With Password Management Software
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In addition to being highly vulnerable to attack and extremely inconvenient to use on mobile devices, passwords are difficult to manage. Propper password protocol dictates that in addition to being increasingly complex, the strings of alphanumeric characters that protect our accounts each need to be unique. This last password annoyance is being addressed by management software and, as of this week, one of those applications is going biometric.EyeLock, an iris biometrics company and member of the FIDO Alliance, announced this week that it has entered into a partnership with Sticky Password, a provider of password management software. Through this partnership, …

Sep-26-14 Market Update: United Kingdom Access Control
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With the increasing availability of biometrics and strong authentication technologies at accessible price points for enterprises, the access control market is changing to accommodate next generation identity management solutions. Yesterday, Research and Markets announced that is has released an update concerning this market in the United Kingdom, covering biometric solutions as well as keypad locks and residential audio entry phones.The report predicts that the UK physical access control market will grow over the next five years thanks to an ongoing need for protection against crime and improvements in the construction sector which took a harsh turn for the worse during …

Sep-26-14 Biometric Car To Make Appearance In Detroit
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Next week marks the annual Meeting of the Minds summit, an event first co-founded in 2007 by Toyota. This year, the summit will take place in Detroit, Michigan, a city that Toyota describes as redefining itself for the future, from September 30 to October 2.“Like many cities who saw their own stars shine with the rise of the Industrial Age, Detroit is now at a tipping point and it offers the perfect platform for the discussion of alternative urban futures,” says Jessie Feller, executive director of Meeting of the Minds. “Toyota has been our partner for this annual event, and their …

Sep-25-14 University Of Windsor Looking To Improve Fingerprint Biometrics
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According to a story reported by CBC News, 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 have had their digits damaged either through work, by accident or on purpose.So far, the group of researches has met success, building a biometric system can can scan a finger and produce a 3D image detailing 2mm into the subject’s skin. The team has built a second prototype of this device …

Sep-25-14 Biometrics to Expedite Miami Airport Experience
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Automated border control solutions are on the rise across the globe, with recent analysis predicting that airports are expected to spend more than $2.2 billion globally on ABC eGates and kiosks between 2014 and 2018. Europe is set to dominate the market share,but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing this growth in the United States.Yesterday, CLEAR,  a provider of biometric identity systems, announced that Miami International Airport will soon benefit from the company’s automated traveler service. The idea, as with all next generation airport security deployments, is to bring a seamless and convenient experience to travellers without sacrificing anything …

Sep-25-14 Anviz Upgrades Asia-Pacific Office With New R&D Facilities and Demo Rooms
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Today, Anviz Global, a specialist in intelligent security including biometrics, announced that it’s operations facilities in Shanghai have been upgraded to include a large new research and development section as well as areas called “experience rooms” that allow customers to try the company’s technology for themselves.The new Shanghai office measures in at about 3000 square meters, with the R&D facility taking up 700 of those units. Anviz is calling its research and development addition the centerpiece of the new Asia-Pacific office, tasking its staff with the advancement of biometrics, surveillance and RFID technology.The customer experience center, a 108 meter squared showroom, …

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Feature Articles

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mobile Biometrics Month: The Primer

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

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: FBI Preserves Historical Biometrics

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

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