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Biometrics Unplugged

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Finding the “I” in Global Identity Summit

Multifactor Biometrics

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

Mobile Biometrics

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

Multifactor Biometrics

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

Mobility and Biometrics

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 …

Road2BUP: FindBiometrics Summer Event Roundup

September is almost here, which means we are mere weeks away from Biometrics UnPlugged: Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce and Privacy. All summer we have been preparing for this interactive executive summit by focusing our featured articles section and blog on the topics of commerce and privacy.Here is what we talked about when we prepared for Biometrics UnPlugged.CommerceFor July the topic of the month was next generation commerce. In the featured articles section we explored all sorts of next generation payment and banking topics. The convenience that biometrics can provide banking customers with, three real financial deployments of identity management …

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometrics UnPlugged Speakers Announced, Wells Fargo Invests in EyeVerify

This past week in biometrics we saw news all across the verticals. Voter ID, border control, time and attendance and biometric access control all had their turn in the spotlight while new investors turned to strong authentication and our featured articles continued to focus on privacy.First of all, Biometrics UnPlugged announced its speakers this week. The high profile featured speakers will be leading the discussion before an interactive panel brings all of the new ideas into practical focus. EyeVerify announced on Wednesday that it has closed a series A funding round, raking-in over $6 million which will be used for expansion and marketing. …

Road2BUP: Privacy – The Biometrics You Broadcast To The World

Multifactor Biometrics

Biometrics UnPlugged is nearly upon us. The interactive C level executive summit will be kicking off September’s festivities in Tampa, Florida, immediately before the IBIA Opening Reception at the Tampa Museum of Art.This year, Biometrics UnPlugged is themed around Mobility at the Crossroads of Commerce and Privacy. All summer at FindBiometrics, we have been examining current topics on those themes, with July focusing on next generation commerce and August on privacy.When it comes to privacy, the discussion of biometrics turns from authentication and security to identification and trust. Today, we are going to take a look at three biometrics that …

Road2BUP: Privacy – Regulating Identity

Multifactor Biometrics

We are nearly one month away from Biometrics UnPlugged in Tampa, Florida. All summer we have been shedding the spotlight on major topics in identity management. In June we featured ideas in next generation biometric and mobile commerce, now, one month away from the major industry event, we are turning our lens to privacy.Last week, in our privacy primer, we took a look at some of the aspects of biometrics that could keep the paranoid up at night. Today we’re going to examine an idea that can help combat the specific privacy concern of fraud: regulation.It’s Who You AreIn terms …