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Kenyan Government Biometrically Registering All Citizens

Biometric registration continues to grow in global popularity. Recently it has been announced that The Kenyan government is rolling out a new national ID initiative that aims to register all citizens in the country via their biographical details and biometric measurements.“In order to address the prevailing security challenges, we intend to consolidate all current registers of persons into a single national register with accurate and relevant information,” explains deputy president William Ruto, who spoke to online news outlet Daily Nation.The project is expected to take up to six months, primarily benefiting the nation by addressing security concerns, aid in national …

Association of German Banks To Host Biometric Banking Workshop

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The Association of German Banks will be hosting a workshop on the benefits of biometrics in banking, to be held on May 21, 2014. The focus is to be on the way that secure biometric transactions work in practice and will emphasize the importance of a convenient end user experience.Mobility particularly has become a major factor in finance, with banking customers able to access their accounts instantly wherever they are whenever they want. In all cases, there needs to be a greater level of security, preferably with a greater level of convenience.Though regular readers of findBIOMETRICS and Mobile ID World …

Viscount Systems Wins Physical Access Control Contracts

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“Essentially, Freedom makes good on its namesake by allowing for the connection of entry devices – including those that use biometrics – using a building’s standard IT network. This means no additional control panels or wiring is needed for a biometric upgrade.”Today, Viscount Systems announced that it has been awarded contracts to deploy its Freedom access control technology and its VeriCert certification software to government facilities in Louisiana and California.Though due to sensitivity reasons Viscount is unable to say what agency will be protecting itself behind its technology, the contracts total more than $50,000 in value. These new upcoming deployments …

Zwipe Awarded by Security Industry Association

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ISC West was last week, and served as an excellent start to findBIOMETRICS’ physical access control month. One of the big topics of conversation has been the Zwipe biometric card, which made its debut at last week’s conference in Las Vegas.It looks like we aren’t the only people talking about the company’s contactless biometric security solution. Today, Zwipe announced that the first showing of the physical access technology went so well that the company received a new product award from the Security Industry Association.Kim Kristian Humborstad, Zwipe’s CEO, is particularly impressed by the warm reception that the company’s product received …

University of Texas Grants MorphoTrust The Hook ‘em Horns Award

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MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has been recognized by The Center for Identity at the University of Texas, announcing today that it is the recipient of the Hook ‘em Horns Award. The identity solutions company serves as communications chair for the Center’s board of advisors.This honor is in recognition of MorphoTrust’s active participation on the Center’s board of advisors. It also serves as an acknowledgement of the company’s leadership in the area of identity solutions.“The Center for Identity sincerely appreciates MorphoTrust’s leadership and dedication to advancing the Center’s mission of excellence in identity research and education,” says Dr. Suzanne Barber, director for …

BIO-key International Announces Five New Partnerships

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BIO-key International has been optimistic about 2014. Last week the company released its final 2013 financial results, hosting a conference call that was broadcast live over the Internet, and though the revenues were down when compared to the year previous, BIO-key itself is in an excellent position as we enter this year’s second quarter.Today, BIO-key’s active role in the biometrics arena is on full display. The fingerprint identification and mobile solutions company announced that it has expanded its partner sales network with five new members.CAS Severn, ILANTUS Technologies, Palmetto Software Group, Pontis Research and Prolifics were all named today as …

Facial Biometrics Replacing Passwords in Online Learning

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Biometrics have a very special place in multilingual deployment scenarios. The human body speaks its own universal language of identity. We have seen this particularly benefit the healthcare industry through field deployments that leverage fingerprint biometrics to better keep track of health records regardless of language or literacy barriers. Now, we are beginning to see this philosophy applied to the space of online learning.Biometric ID and motion analysis specialist KeyLemon SA announced yesterday that it has partnered with Swissteach AG in order to bring facial recognition sign-on to the Global Teach online learning management system. Currently a supplemental level of …

NIST Praises Cognitec Face Recognition Algorithm

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When it comes to facial recognition, age is beginning to matter a lot more as an estimated factor, particularly in the commercial and government sectors. Age-based access control, age verification, identification in missing persons, crime and disaster situations, and certainly age-based marketing are all facial recognition applications that modern technology is now able to provide solutions for.The National Institute for Standards and Technology, otherwise known as NIST, has recently published test results on the performance of the automatic age estimation algorithms that make the above applications possible. Coming out on top with the most accurate age estimation for all age …

Fingerprint Biometrics Authorizing Physical Payment in Vietnam

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Today brings the announcement that a biometric physical payment solution has gone live in Vietnam, allowing customers to pay for goods with nothing but their identity. No cards, no PINs, not even a smartphone is needed, just prior registration and the tip of a finger.TSYS is responsible for the PRIME ATM technology that powers this solution, which has been selected by Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Vietnam Eximbank) to provide over the counter payment or ATM transactions to its customers via fingerprint authentication.Mitsuaki Shiogo, vice president of Eximbank commented: “Ease of payments is central to the Eximbank vision …

ISC West 2014: Fujitsu Announces New “Spoof-Proof” Palm Vein Biometric Access Control Solution

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“Because the biometric is vascular and requires blood to be flowing through the submitted hand, liveness detection is simply par for the course.”Today is the final day of ISC West in Las Vegas, Nevada, and day four of Physical Access Control Month at findBIOMETRICS. It is fitting then that during the major physical access control conference, Fujitsu Frontech North America has announced its newest entry in biometric access control technology: the PalmEntryXS solution.As its name implies, the new physical access control solution leverages Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric technology, which uses near-infrared light to capture a user’s palm vein pattern in order …