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Interviews

Last week, Zwipe announced that it and its partner, a little company named MasterCard, have taken on the task of disrupting the payments industry by revealing the world’s first biometric contactless payments card. FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Zwipe CEO Kim Humborstad about the big news.

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.

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

Latest Industry News

Oct-24-14 INTERPOL Embraces P3s in Pursuit of Security Tech Solutions
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INTERPOL, the international police organization, has launched an initiative inviting private-sector companies to help find more advanced policing solutions. Dubbed the Strategic Partners Programme, the initiative is the product of INTERPOL World, a new biennial conference organized by the global policing body.In a press release, the organization noted that the inaugural event will place a focus on safe cities, supply chain security, border management, and cyber-security. While no specific solutions have yet been outlined, all of these major areas have fairly obvious biometric applications: India, for example, is working to secure its own borders with a national biometric citizenship database, …

Oct-24-14 Gemalto Rides The Mobile Commerce Wave
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The fortunes of the mobile payment and biometric security boom are beginning to trickle down to the rest of the digital security industry, if Gemalto is any indication. The digital security company posted encouraging revenue figures yesterday indicating that mobile commerce is blowing up into a major market.Speaking in a press release, Gemalto CEO Olivier Piou commented that “the business case for secure elements to protect mobile and online payment transactions has been considerably strengthened during the quarter, and the ecosystem is clearly converging towards NFC for convenient proximity interactions.” The figures bear that out: Gemalto posted overall revenue growth …

Oct-24-14 VAMPIRE Handheld Brings Mobile Biometric Tech To Crime Scenes
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In law enforcement scenarios time means everything. Investigations hinge on collecting quality forensic evidence as fast as possible in order to make sure the right people are found and society remains safe for the innocent. A new biometric handheld device from Booz Allen stands to speed up forensic processes for this exact reason.The VAMPIRE tactical device is roughly the size of a smartphone and allows forensics professionals to do realtime biometric matching operations with on-site latent and live fingerprint evidence. The device is easy to use and can be operated with minimal specialized training.Adam Weiner,  Booz Allen principal, says that …

Oct-24-14 Intel Capital Launches Major Round of Investments in Chinese Biometric Tech
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Intel’s global investment wing, Intel Capital, has announced a number of major investments in Chinese tech companies, according to a new China Money Network article. The investments amount to a sum of $28 million and will cover a range of technological fields including mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and biometrics.This is the product of the Intel Capital China Smart Device Innovation Fund, which was set up in April of this year and succeeds the previous Intel Capital Technology Funds from 2008 and 2005. Explaining the investment fund, Intel China president Ian Yang explained that smart and connected IT …

Oct-24-14 BIO-key Biometrics Aim For a Positive Donor Experience in Blood Centers
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Biometric identity management technologies are a great boon to medical centers and clinics that see a high throughput of patients. Patient management systems that operate using biometrics rather than cards help cut down on administrative inefficiencies, add accountability to records, break down language barriers and make medical fraud much more difficult for those who would abuse the system.BIO-key International, a company specializing in fingerprint biometrics and cloud based mobile credentialing, offers those benefits to blood centers thanks to its TruDonor Identification platform. Eliminating the need for donor cards, which need to be replaced when lost or updated when changes are …

Oct-23-14 Encap Security Adds iPhone Biometrics to Arsenal
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Norwegian firm Encap Security, which offers in-app authentication software for financial services providers, has announced that Apple’s Touch ID has been incorporated into their platform.Touch ID is, of course, the fingerprint-scanning biometric technology now finding its way onto all new Apple mobile devices. A major component of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile commerce platform, the Touch ID’s API is available to third-party developers so that it can be incorporated into their apps. Encap apparently leapt at the opportunity, noting in a press release that with Apple’s latest offerings, “fingerprint-based biometrics has entered the mainstream,” providing Encap and its clients an opportunity “to leverage …

Oct-23-14 Scriptel Offers Greater e-Signature Integration, Biometric Compatibility
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Scriptel Corporation, a company specializing in the digitization of penmanship, has announced a new piece of software that will allow users to import their signatures into a number of popular digital document formats including Word and Adobe Acrobat docs. The software, called Sign and Save, will work in conjunction with the company’s ScripTouch hardware.Scriptel’s ScripTouch products are basically electronic pads designed to record signatures that are written on them. The new Sign and Save software is basically an enhancement in compatibility, as now anyone using a ScripTouch device can import an e-signature into documents on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating …

Oct-23-14 EMKA BioLock Offers Advanced Data Centre Security
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British locking systems developer EMKA has unveiled its new BioLock cabinet-locking hardware. It works in concert with the digital and RFID security components that comprise EMKA’s Electronic Locking and Monitoring (ELM) system.The BioLock can be installed on a cabinet or a block of cabinets and uses a built-in fingerprint-scanning sensor for access control. Access is administrated by means of EMKA’s Control Cockpit software, and the system allows administrators to not only grant access to certain individuals, but to assign certain “alarm fingers” that will trigger a remote alarm when accessing cabinets.The BioLock system, designed as it is for data center …

Oct-23-14 New Study Tracks Shift of Retail – and Fraud – into Mobile Domain
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Research and Markets has issued a new mobile retail report based on several 2012 Javelin Strategy & Research surveys. The report, “Online And Mobile Retail Payments Authentication: Preventing Fraud in the Age of Data Breaches and Malware”, notes that mobile commerce is on the rise and retail fraud is following suit.The report notes that Chip and PIN systems’ increasing presence at physical POS terminals has pushed down real-world retail fraud, but as in so many other kinds of crime, pushing it down in one place just makes it rise up somewhere else – in this case, in mobile commerce, where …

Oct-22-14 Forward-Thinking Fujitsu Files Biometrics Patents
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Japanese computing company Fujitsu Ltd. has filed a number of new patent applications for biometric technology, according to Steve Brachmann in an article for IPWatchdog. While the company also has its hands in computer processing and data transmission, these latest patents indicate that it is “deeply invested in the development of biometric technologies,” Brachmann writes.One patent application (US Patent Application No. 20140296723) is for a rather novel method of making sure that drivers of motor vehicles don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Wheel-mounted electrodes would monitor and amplify the driver’s heartbeat signals, thereby allowing software to track the driver’s level …

Oct-22-14 Aware, Inc. Enjoying Biometrics Boom
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It’s earnings reporting season, and biometrics technology provider Aware, Inc. has announced significant revenues and profits. It’s symptomatic of a wider boom in the biometrics business around the world.Aware’s 3rd-quarter revenue amounted to $6 million, reflecting a 40 percent increase over the last year. The company’s net income for the quarter was $2.6 million, a stark contrast to the $1.2 million loss posted in the 3rd quarter of last year.Rick Moberg, the company’s co-CEO and CFO, noted that while he cannot go into specifics about Aware’s clients, he could attribute the company’s success to a few general factors: firstly, they …

Oct-22-14 Precise Biometrics Releases Q3 Results
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This week, Precise Biometrics announced its Q3 2014 results, marking the period highlights and going on record with its financial statistics.The third quarter had Precise reporting nets sales figures worth SEK 7.3 million, operating results of SEK -14.1 million. The net result for Q3 was SEK -14.0 million and Precise reports having SEK 68.5 million in available cash as on the end of the period.As reported previously by our sister site Mobile ID World, Precise Biometrics intends to reach profitability in 2015. In August, the company announced restructuring and an increased focus on the Asian mobile market, a move that …

Oct-22-14 New Android OS Uses ‘Face Unlock’ Biometric Security
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Google’s new Android Lollipop operating system for mobile devices now uses vastly improved facial recognition technology, writes Ryan Whitwam in an article for Android Police. The biometric technology is now used to unlock whatever mobile device the OS is running on.When ‘trusted face mode’ is enabled on a smartphone running the Lollipop OS, the phone scans the user’s face, and subsequently attempts to recognize it anytime the phone is ‘awake’. The facial recognition protocol kicks in automatically – no input is required from the user – so that when a user picks up the phone, if the technology has recognized her, it will forego the …

Oct-21-14 Money20/20 Coming To Europe Thanks To North American Success
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Today, Money20/20 LLC – the organizer of its eponymous payments and financial services industry event – announced that it will be launching Money20/20Europe with an inaugural conference date set for Spring 2016.According to Anil D. Aggarwal, co creator of Money20/20, the expansion of the event into Europe is a logical next step after three years of success in North America.He says, “Money20/20Europe will provide an entirely new platform for European and global companies to convene and collaborate on the opportunities and challenges of the European payments and financial services industry, including new and disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses …

Oct-21-14 India to Administrate Health Plan with Digital Citizenship Cards
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India’s federal government will coordinate delivery of its ambitious new healthcare plan using its biometric identification card system, according to a new Economic Times article.Announced only a few months ago, India’s new National Health Assurance Mission (NHAM) asserted a vision of federally-provided, affordable healthcare accessible to all Indian citizens. The plan would provide citizens with 50 essential drugs and 30 AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) drugs, in addition to other healthcare services. It was met with applause and also a bit of skepticism about how exactly it would be implemented, but at least one piece of …

Oct-21-14 In Five Years Half The World Will Have National eID Cards
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Acuity Market Intelligence has released a new report titled “The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition”, projecting a favorable future for chip-based electronic identity cards over the next five years. According to Acuity, by 2018 half of the world’s population will have chip based national eID cards.Nearly 3.4 billion national eID cards are expected to be issued between now and 2018. According to Acuity, this increased eID coverage includes almost all of Europe, and 60 percent of the entire figure will be accounted for by Asia.Acuity principal Maxine Most breaks down the stats further, saying, “In addition to the 3.4 …

Oct-21-14 Upgraded NexID Software Can Detect Fake Fingerprints with Almost 100 Percent Accuracy
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Anti-spoofing software provider NexID has upgraded its technology for fake-fingerprint detection on mobile devices, achieving almost total accuracy. The company announced its new SDK at the Biometrics 2014 conference that’s currently going on in London.NexID’s new SDK is the product of a major overhaul of the company’s software undertaken over the last month or so. Whereas previously its anti-spoofing SDK had an accuracy of 96.5 percent, with its new version 1.2 that number has increased to 99.5 percent. Also important is that the software is now applicable for a huge range of fingerprint sensors, from sensors on mobile devices to …

Oct-21-14 Shrinking Technology Spurs Growing Fingerprint Biometrics Market
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The market researchers over at Research and Markets have issued a new report looking specifically at the fingerprint sensors biometrics market. Entitled “Fingerprint Sensors Market by Type, Material, Application, and Geography – Global Trends & Forecasts to 2014 – 2020″, the report finds the fingerprint sensors industry undergoing massive growth, projecting a valuation $14.35 billion by 2020.There’s been a lot of press lately about the application of fingerprint sensors in the realm of smartphones, but the report indicates that, surprisingly, right now it’s actually in laptops that the technology has the greatest market size. Still, the technology’s application in smartphones …

Oct-20-14 Biometrics Security Proposal Raises Eyebrows in Australia
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The Australian government is mulling large-scale integration of biometrics into its security apparatus amid growing skepticism and unease about such an idea, writes the Sydney Morning Herald’s David Wroe.The idea is to have Australia’s Immigration Department build a database of images of all Australian citizens that can be used in concert with facial recognition devices installed at automated passport gates throughout the country. It’s a counterterrorism measure, part of a new draft of legislation called the “foreign fighters” bill, which is currently being scrutinized by a parliamentary joint committee. The legislation could pave the way for further biometric security measures …

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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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