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Interviews

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Seth Miller, IDtech360’s founder and CEO, about his business, the need for overseas biometrics companies in America and the specifics of the education market.

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.

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

Latest Industry News

Oct-31-14 Germany’s Interest in Security a Boon for Biometrics Market
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Market research firm Research and Markets has more good news for the biometrics industry, this time from Germany. Their aptly-named “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in Germany 2014-2018” report predicts growth of 17.6 percent (CAGR) for the law enforcement biometrics field between 2013 and 2018.The researchers note that demand for the technology is driven mostly by an increasing desire for better security, and helped along by technology advancements resulting from heavy investment into R&D. That seems to be part of a general trend in security screening as government authorities around the world embrace the possibilities offered by biometric technology, whether they’re …

Oct-31-14 Costa Rican Bank Embraces Biometric Security for Mobile Banking
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A Costa Rican bank has contracted a biometrics company to install facial recognition technology in its mobile banking system, according to an article by Jaime Lopez in The Costa Rice Star. Coming in the wake of a number of phishing attacks against Costa Ricans using online banking, Grupo Mutual’s new biometric security mechanism will be provided by FacePhi Biometrics, a developer of facial recognition technologies.The system will essentially scan users’ faces when they’re using the bank’s online services, authenticating their identities and thereby adding an extra layer of protection to the system the bank already has in place. It’s the …

Oct-31-14 Socure Closes Series A Round For Social Biometrics
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Anti-fraud startup Socure has closed its Series A venture capital funding round, having raised $2.5 million for its Social Biometrics system.The patent-pending system uses online social behaviour metrics to authenticate customer identities in real time, tracking them through both structured and unstructured data from major social networks, mobile apps, and other online sources. The company reports that its system provides customers with a 40 – 80 percent improvement in fraud detection, and notes that the system is particularly useful at authenticating identities in the elusive millennial demographic – users who “would ordinarily be rejected using only traditional offline identity verification …

Oct-31-14 Final FIDO Specifications Are On Their Way
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The death of the password is nearly upon us, with the newly released information that the final FIDO specifications are set to be released very soon. The news came forth in an interview between ComputerWorld’s Warwick Ashford and Philip Dunkelberger, founder and CEO of Nok Nok Labs (a founding member of the FIDO Alliance).After telling Computer Weekly that we can expect the final implementation “very soon,” Dunkelberger gave a soft deadline. Apparently, FIDO Ready product announcements are coming by the middle of next year.The FIDO Alliance was founded in early 2013, and has since crusaded against the antiquated authentication method of the password. Immediately …

Oct-30-14 Bexar County Pursues Biometric Tech for Police
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Texas’ Bexar County has hired an IT company to provide it with new biometric technology for law enforcement, according to an article by KENS5 Eyewitness News’ Stacia Wilson. County officials will pay NEC Corporation of America up to $3.4 million for the technology.The county’s law enforcement officials are looking for “Automated Fingerprint Identification and Facial Recognition System”, according to the article, and more specifically are interested in plan-impression live scanning, a newer iteration of the technology. Bexar County has a population of almost 2 million and includes the City of San Antonio, the seventh most populous city in the US, …

Oct-30-14 Huge Growth Expected for Video Biometrics and Analytics in APAC Market
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The video analytics industry is headed for huge growth in the Asia Pacific market, according to a new report from Homeland Security Research. The report, entitled “Video Analytics, ISR, Intelligent Video Surveillance & Object Recognition: Asia-Pacific Market-2015-2020“, indicates that at growth of 19 percent (CAGR) between 2015 and 2020.The researchers attribute the growth to several key factors and an important one is the economies of scale for the hardware. The mobile devices industry has been enjoying a long boom and there’s now a glut of mobile tech that has significantly reduced the cost of smart camera technology.This surplus of relatively cheap …

Oct-30-14 Automated Passport Control Boom Brings Convenience to Three More Airports
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Biometric border control solutions are booming on a global scale. One of the biggest topics that we’ve covered at FindBiometrics this year has been in regard to the growing automated border control eGates and kiosks market, which has been projected by Acuity Market Intelligence as on track to reach $1.2 billion by 2020.The evidence corroborating Acuity’s projection has been apparent all year, with biometric border control deployments rolling out all through 2014. Largely, this is driven by an increased need to provide a more convenient and secure experience to travelers.But eGates are only part of the equation. In the past week, …

Oct-30-14 iWallet Technology Can Also Do Passports
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iWallet Corporation has announced that it will be showcasing its products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The expo will take place in Las Vegas on January 6 though 9, and iWallet will be in the Personal Privacy and Cyber Security Marketplace section.Known for its digitally-enhanced wallets, which offer biometric locking technology, RFID-blocking, and Bluetooth tethering, the company will be introducing its new iPassport, which is pretty much the same thing, but for passports. CES is a big event, attracting big names from throughout the consumer electronics industry, so it will be a good opportunity for the company to familiarize …

Oct-30-14 FPC and Precise Biometrics Tech Featured on New Oppo Smartphone
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The two newest smartphones from Chinese manufacturer Oppo Electronics, announced today, hit a couple of major mobility milestones. First, measuring in with a width of 4.85 mm, the Oppo R5 holds the distinction of being the thinnest smartphone in the world. Second, the Oppo N3 is the first smartphone to launch with the FPC1021 capacitive touch sensor.Released in April of this year by Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), the FPC1021 was designed to meet the size constraints of next generation mobile devices. Having found its way onto a space efficient phone, the FPC1021 has truly validated itself.Thanks to a previous licensing agreement between FPC and …

Oct-29-14 Honeywell Defends Biometric Health Monitoring in Face of Lawsuit
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Honeywell International, Inc. has issued a response to a lawsuit filed against the company over its biometric healthcare screening program for employees, calling the lawsuit “frivolous” and the government body charging it “woefully out of step with the healthcare marketplace” and federal health legislation.Honeywell launched the biometric screening program as part of an initiative to improve employee health, thereby lowering costs in insurance claims. The company’s blood and medical tests effectively screen employees for health risks, allowing the company to create incentives to nudge them towards healthier lifestyles. The thing is, the company is using both carrots and sticks, penalizing …

Oct-29-14 Pakistan Province Looks Into Biometrics for Polling
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A provincial government in Pakistan wants to introduce a biometric identification system into its electoral polling, and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been looking into the possibility, writes Inamullah Khattak in Pakistan’s The Nation. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province inquired with the electoral regulator to see if it could be done in time for a November 15th election, but the ECP has already concluded that installing such a system would take at least six months. Explaining the difficulties of implementing such a system, one ECP official raised concerns about process, noting that the biometric devices might “fail to identify the …

Oct-29-14 Forza Silicon Unveils Super-Adaptable Image Sensor
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Video tech developer Forza Silicon has announced a new image sensor offering a great degree of customization. Forza says it’s the world’s first image sensor offering total reconfiguration and programmability in a single chip.The company is pushing the technology’s applications in the Internet of Things, given its high degree of customizability and adaptability. It can be programmed to offer camera functionality even when it’s not supporting by existing microprocessors, it’s compatible with wi-fi, ethernet, and Bluetooth, and a variety of hardware platforms. Moreover, its image processing allows the performance of a variety of biometric functions, including motion detection and facial …

Oct-29-14 Biometrics and Mobility To Bolster NYPD Presence
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The common industry knowledge is that mobile biometrics can bring efficiency to law enforcement operations. If a suspect can be identified in the field, an officer of the law need not waste precious time dragging a possibly innocent citizen back to the police station.It looks like the New York Police Department agrees with this assessment, as recent statements made by Mayor Bill de Blasio will have us seeing fingerprint scanners in the hands of every one of the NYPDs 35,000 officers.The fingerprint scanners will be included on each officer’s department issued smartphone, which will also be used as a time tracking and …

Oct-28-14 Spanish Audiences Will Pay for Laughing at Comedians
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Comedy clubs in Spain are starting to install facial recognition systems so that they can charge audience members by the laugh, according to the BBC’s Jane Wakefield.It started as a response to tax increases on theater tickets, which depressed attendance. The Teatreneu club decided to team up with ad agency The Cyranos McCann to come up with the biometric system, and they soon were installing face-scanning tablets on the backs of the club’s seats. The tablets use software that recognizes when audience members are smiling and laughing, and the club charges 0.30 euros per laugh, capping the surcharge at 24 …

Oct-28-14 Integrated Biometrics to Showcase Military-Grade Mobile Fingerprint Sensor Tech
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Fingerprint-scanner developer Integrated Biometrics will be showcasing its technology at two major conference events this month. The company will be at London, England’s Biometrics 2014 conference, and the Annual IACP Conference and Exposition taking place in Orlando, Florida.As we’ve noted a lot here lately, the biometrics business is booming, and with fingerprint sensors increasingly finding their way onto both high- and low-end mobile phones and mobile commerce rapidly expanding with platforms like Apple Pay, it’s a good time for a company like Integrated Biometrics to show off its wares at a big industry show like Biometrics 2014.The IACP could be the …

Oct-28-14 Biometrics and Internet of Things To Be Topics At Samsung Developer Conference
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Samsung Electronics has announced the keynote speakers for its upcoming Samsung Developer Conference, to be held in San Francisco on November 11 – 13. The speakers will be discussing a range of topics with biometric applications, ranging from digital healthcare to the Internet of Things.Young Sohn, Samsung’s President and Chief Strategy Officer, will be discussing digital healthcare technology, an exciting field in which numerous companies are starting to use the biometric sensors embedded in mobile and wearable devices to track users’ health stats – even Apple has gotten into this game with its new iPhones’ HealthKit app. Meanwhile, Eric Anderson, a product-development executive …

Oct-28-14 Two US Pharmacies Drop Apple’s Biometric Payments
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Two major US pharmacies have dropped Apple Pay in the last week, according to an article by Paul Ausick in USA Today. Rite Aid Inc. stopped accepting payments from the mobile commerce platform last Thursday, and CVS Health made the same move on Saturday.Both pharmacies have opted instead for a mobile commerce system called CurrentC, developed by Merchant Consumer Exchange (MCX). Unlike Apple Pay, the CurrentC system doesn’t require NFC (Near Field Communication) readers at retailers’ POS; instead, it requires consumers to use their mobile devices to scan codes printed on the merchants’ receipts. Because it doesn’t require merchants to install …

Oct-27-14 New Alaska Air Board Members Could Help Push Biometric Integration
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The parent company of Alaska Airlines has added two new members to its board. Kathy Savitt and Dhiren Fonseca will both join the Alaska Air Group board as the company moves forward with technological innovations that it hopes will give it a competitive edge in the market.Ms Savitt’s is in marketing and communications, having had high-profile stints at Yahoo! and American Eagle Outfitters, and founded her own PR agency; while Mr. Fonseca was chief commercial officer at Expedia Inc., previously having worked for Microsoft. Both new board members seem to be interested in using technological advancement to push company growth, …

Oct-27-14 Biometric Locking System Helps Omnicell Win Prestigious Contract
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Omnicell, Inc., a provider of healthcare efficiencies solutions, has won a contract to lend its services to the well-respected Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.The company’s Unity enterprise platform offers a range of products and services to help medical institutions improve their administration, including cloud-based inventory management for medication, business analytics software, and the ability for nurses to remotely control the dispensation of medication. Importantly, the company’s OmniRX Automated Medication Dispensing Cabinets use a biometric locking system called Touch & Go, ensuring that only the appropriate medical staff are able to access and dispense patients’ medication.As major …

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Feature Articles

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

It’s time to bring Law Enforcement Biometrics to an end. After a full month of related industry news and feature articles on the topic it is clear that the area of law enforcement and justice is a dynamic space for both biometric identification technologies and strong authentication.Here is a look back on October and all of the various ways we discussed biometrics in law enforcement.Getting Started When They’re YoungWe started Law Enforcement Biometrics Month with a primer on the topic. The history of biometrics and law enforcement is long and involved, giving a strong relationship on which to build a …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Blood Clinics and National eID

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news touched on a huge number of identity management applications and a diverse selection for biometrics modalities. From healthcare to finance and from consumer tech to government deployments, the week ending October 25, 2014 was jam packed with biometrics industry news.Staying Safe and HealthyHealthcare and law enforcement verticals were both in the news this past week. BIO-key International announced that its TruDonor patient management system, which uses fingerprint biometrics to provide convenience, comfort and security to the act of giving plasma, will be on display at this year’s AABB annual meeting in the Pennsylvania …

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 …

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