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You Can Place Amazon Prime Now Orders Via Voice Command

You Can Place Amazon Prime Now Orders Via Voice Command

Amazon’s voice-based AI assistant, Alexa, can now place orders through Amazon’s Prime Now shopping service. Just by asking (or demanding), Alexa users can order a range of common household items, which are then delivered free within the next two-hour delivery window. It’s a natural evolution of Amazon’s smart home ecosystem. In 2015, Amazon announced Amazon…

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Apple Gains Support For Mobile Wallet in US, China, and Australia

Apple Gains Support For Mobile Wallet in US, China, and Australia

Apple has extended support for its biometrically secured wallet among financial institutions in the US, China, and Australia. Apple Pay got its biggest additional boost in the US, with a number of banks and credit unions coming on board, including names like Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Lyons National Bank. Santander also found its way…

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Netverify Authentication System Adopted by Free2Move

Netverify Authentication System Adopted by Free2Move

Jumio has announced that its Netverify authentication system will be used by Free2Move, a Europe-based mobile app designed to aggregate car-sharing services like Zipcar and Car2Go onto one platform so that users can see all available options in an area. Jumio’s Trusted Identity as a Service system will be used to verify the identities and…

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NEC Helped Support INTERPOL Cybercrime Training

NEC Helped Support INTERPOL Cybercrime Training

“Announcing its participation in a statement, NEC says it provided “information for analysis” and “an analysis environment for the investigation,” and showed participants how its facial recognition technology could be used to analyze surveillance footage.” NEC Corporation played a supporting role in recent INTERPOL training, the company has announced. The international police body’s Digital Security…

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Microsoft Highlights Availability of Face-Scanning Computers

Microsoft Highlights Availability of Face-Scanning Computers

Microsoft is highlighting the availability of computer devices supporting Windows Hello authentication via face recognition in a new blog post. The company points to 10 offerings, ranging from the Dell Inspiron 5000, a 2-in-1 convertible tablet device, to the Samsung Notebook 9 laptop. They all feature the infrared sensor technology needed for Windows 10’s facial…

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Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

India’s University Grants Commission is asking the country’s universities to start incorporating Aadhaar numbers into issued degrees. As with so many applications of India’s national biometric ID program, the move is meant to curb fraud. The UGC is asking that universities include students’ Aadhaar numbers together with their photographs in its degree certificates, which should…

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Oppo F3 Plus Smartphone Sports FPC Biometric Sensor

Oppo F3 Plus Smartphone Sports FPC Biometric Sensor

Oppo is sticking with Fingerprint Cards‘ biometric technology in its latest device. The company’s new F3 Plus smartphone features an FPC1245 fingerprint sensor. It’s the same sensor model used in numerous previous devices from the China-based smartphone maker, including the R9 and R9+, the F1s, and, most recently, the A57 launched late last year. In…

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MorphoTrak Offers WVU Free Access to Cloud Platform

MorphoTrak Offers WVU Free Access to Cloud Platform

Safran Identity & Security subsidiary MorphoTrak is going to provide West Virginia University with access to its MorphoCloud platform, gratis, the company has announced. The platform provides cloud-based access to biometric services like facial recognition, and fingerprint and palm print matching. Along with access to the service, MorphoTrak is providing WVU with training support. In…

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NEC Plans Extensive Participation in Enterprise Connect 2017

NEC Plans Extensive Participation in Enterprise Connect 2017

NEC will showcase its technologies and deliver multiple presentations at the upcoming Enterprise Connect 2017 conference. The company has announced that its activities will revolve around the theme of “Delivering on the Smart Enterprise”. Among the solutions to be showcased by the company are its Virtual Receptionist system, which uses the company’s NeoFace Welcome facial…

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NEXT Biometrics Completes Testing of New ASIC Chip

NEXT Biometrics Completes Testing of New ASIC Chip

NEXT Biometrics has completed testing of its A2 ASIC chip, which its CEO calls a “cornerstone” of the company’s strategy. NEXT says the ASIC chip has applications in smart cards, access control, and notebooks, and that the first order for the chip has already been placed. The company also says the chip could reduce costs…

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Innovatrics’ Facial Recognition Tech Goes Mobile

Innovatrics’ Facial Recognition Tech Goes Mobile

“The system arrives at a time when financial services institutions and other organizations are increasingly turning to mobile biometrics for user authentication.” Innovatrics has brought its facial recognition technology to the mobile sector, announcing a new ‘selfie login’ system called IFace 3.0 Mobile. The company says its system is able to complete the facial recognition…

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Leaks Suggest Galaxy S8 Fingerprint Sensor Will Be Next To Camera

Leaks Suggest Galaxy S8 Fingerprint Sensor Will Be Next To Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor will be positioned right next to its camera, suggest new images of the device tweeted last night by mobile reporter Evan Blass. The images show three different color models of the smartphone, each from the front, side, and back. As many had anticipated, almost the entire front side of…

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Facial Recognition Protects Toilet Paper at Temple of Heaven Park

Facial Recognition Protects Toilet Paper at Temple of Heaven Park

Administrators at China’s Temple of Heaven park have found a biometric solution to a particular iteration of ‘the tragedy of the commons’. The problem was basically that park visitors were taking excessive amounts of toilet paper from the park’s restroom, evidently seeing an opportunity to get free household goods. The issue reportedly started soon after the…

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Saltrex Selects Jumio’s Netverify For Customer Authentication

Saltrex Selects Jumio’s Netverify For Customer Authentication

Saltrex, an online, business-to-business auction platform, has selected Jumio’s Netverify platform for customer authentication. The Netverify Trusted Identity as a Service platform will be used to ensure that bidders and auctioneers are who they say they are, helping Saltrex to meet Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer requirements. Using the document reading capability recently added…

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Upgraded SentiVeillance SDK Enables Facial Recognition on 10 Camera Feeds with One PC

Upgraded SentiVeillance SDK Enables Facial Recognition on 10 Camera Feeds with One PC

Neurotechnology has announced an upgraded version of its SentiVeillance SDK. Version 6.0 allows for the use of facial recognition on up to 10 surveillance feeds simultaneously using just one computer, and adds a GPU to help increase the speed of its scanning. It also allows users to dynamically adjust the system to focus more on…

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Dermalog Celebrates CeBIT Visit from German, Japanese Heads of State

Dermalog Celebrates CeBIT Visit from German, Japanese Heads of State

Dermalog is celebrating a visit from some high-profile officials during this week’s CeBIT 2017 digital business expo. German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both dropped by the company’s stand and got a glimpse at its biometric technologies. Among the products Dermalog showcased to the officials were the ZF1 and LF10…

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Philippines Banking App Uses Daon Biometrics Tech for Authentication

Philippines Banking App Uses Daon Biometrics Tech for Authentication

“…with the remarkable success of its IdentityX deployment in the mobile app of American bank USAA, Daon has gone on to work with heavyweights like Mastercard and has become one of the most notable success stories of the mobile biometrics revolution.” Daon‘s mobile biometrics technology has found its way into a big new deployment in the…

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Edward Snowden to Present Keynote Address for K(NO)W Identity Conference

Edward Snowden to Present Keynote Address for K(NO)W Identity Conference

Organizers of the inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference have acquired a high-profile keynote speaker for the conference in NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The conference will revolve around the issue of identity and security, with particular topics ranging from fraud prevention to biometric authentication. As a figure who gained international attention for leaking classified information about NSA…

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Biometric Security Has Multigenerational Appeal: Survey

Biometric Security Has Multigenerational Appeal: Survey

A new survey suggests that consumers across multiple generations are ready to move beyond password-based security and into biometric authentication. The survey was conducted by Aite Group on behalf of digital security solutions provider Iovation, and its results were published in a report entitled Moving Beyond the Password: Consumers’ Views on Authentication. It found that of…

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Israeli Labor Court Rules Against Use of Fingerprint Attendance Tracking

Israeli Labor Court Rules Against Use of Fingerprint Attendance Tracking

Israel’s National Labor Court has ruled that employers cannot compel their staff to participate in a biometric time and attendance system based on fingerprint scanning, reports Bloomberg BNA. The case, Histadrut General Labor Fed’n v. Qalansuwa Municipality, was resolved in favor of workers’ privacy rights with respect to biometric data. In a panel ruling, head Judge Lea…

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SecuGen to Showcase UN20 Bluetooth Sensor at ISC West

SecuGen to Showcase UN20 Bluetooth Sensor at ISC West

SecuGen is continuing its push for its new bluetooth-enabled fingerprint sensor with plans to showcase the device at this year’s ISC West security conference. First announced in late 2016, the UN20 Bluetooth fingerprint sensor is part of SecuGen’s Unity BDP line. Sporting FAP 20 FBI certification and NIST MINEX certified algorithm software, it’s based on…

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Citing ‘Short-Term Challenges’, FPC Withdraws 2017 Revenue Guidance, 2016 Dividend Plan

Citing ‘Short-Term Challenges’, FPC Withdraws 2017 Revenue Guidance, 2016 Dividend Plan

“In its statement, FPC suggested that it will ultimately overcome these challenges…” Fingerprint Cards is reigning in its previously high expectations for this year, officially withdrawing its revenue guidance for 2017 as the company faces a difficult business situation. In a statement, FPC predicted a decline in revenues of over 50 percent for the first…

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BIO-key Heralds ‘Biometric of Things’ Ahead of MicroCap Conference

BIO-key Heralds ‘Biometric of Things’ Ahead of MicroCap Conference

BIO-key will participate in The MicroCap Conference, an investor event that puts the spotlight on small stock companies. Company CEO Mike DePasquale will make his case for BIO-key with a presentation to attendees. A recent blog post on BIO-key’s website may offer a few hints as to how DePasquale will make his pitch. Leveraging the growing buzz…

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Crossmatch Gets New Authentication Market Director

Crossmatch Gets New Authentication Market Director

Crossmatch has a new member of its executive team, with Jeff Carpenter signing on as the company’s new Authentication Market Director. Carpenter, who possesses ISC² certification in Cloud Security and Information Systems Security, joins the company from RSA, where he held numerous roles promoting the company’s identity and authentication solutions, according to a statement from…

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Is Selfie Authentication Coming to Samsung Pay?

Is Selfie Authentication Coming to Samsung Pay?

Samsung’s next flagship smartphone will not only use facial recognition for device unlocking, but will also link it to transaction verification on Samsung Pay, reports Bloomberg Technology. The news follows recent reports indicating that Samsung was planning to complement the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone‘s iris scanning functionality with facial recognition, in an effort to improve…

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Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Starting today, travelers coming to Canada through the Ottawa International Airport will use biometric kiosks to enter the country. The kiosks replace the paper customs forms previously used to process new arrivals to the country. After disembarking, visitors will use the kiosks to enter their details, with the kiosks scanning their faces and comparing the…

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Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

German officials are planning to use speech recognition technology to help identify the countries of origin of the many migrants applying for refugee status. The Federal Migration Office (BAMF) already employs linguists covering a range of languages, but as of the start of the year faced a backlog of 430,000 refugee applications as the country…

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Facial Biometric Screening Coming to Iceland Airport

Facial Biometric Screening Coming to Iceland Airport

Germany-based Secunet has won a contract to deploy its biometric eGates in Iceland’s Keflavik airport, the company has announced. The aim is to improve efficiency in traveler processing, with Keflavik being a popular stopover for flights between North America and Europe. Secunet’s eGates will automatically scan passengers’ electronic passports, comparing the embedded biometric data against live…

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Citi Reaches Voice Biometrics Enrollment Goal Ahead of Schedule

Citi Reaches Voice Biometrics Enrollment Goal Ahead of Schedule

“Citi says it has reached its goal of getting a million customers to enroll in the voice authentication program about two months ahead of schedule…” Citibank has now brought voice authentication to a million customers in the Asia Pacific region, the bank has announced. The system operates via the bank’s call-in lines, passively identifying customers…

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Devices Using Aadhaar Authentication Must Meet Encryption Standards: UIDAI

Devices Using Aadhaar Authentication Must Meet Encryption Standards: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is moving ahead with its ‘registered devices’ plan to add further security to Aadhaar, the national biometric ID program it administrates, reports Financial Express. The move entails new specifications for devices using Aadhaar for authentication, revolving around encryption of data on the devices themselves. Speaking to media, UIDAI…

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FIDO Heralds Increasing Prominence of its Standards in Mobile Sector

FIDO Heralds Increasing Prominence of its Standards in Mobile Sector

In the wake of this year’s Mobile World Congress, the FIDO Alliance is heralding the increasing prominence of its standards in the mobile sector. Offering its MWC takeaways in a new blog post, the consortium points out that a number of MNOs at the show had either adopted FIDO standards or were in the process…

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NEC To Showcase Facial Recognition, Smart City Tech at CeBIT

NEC To Showcase Facial Recognition, Smart City Tech at CeBIT

NEC will be an exhibitor at this year’s CeBIT digital business expo, the company has announced. In a statement, NEC said it will show off solutions based on AI, cloud, and Internet of Things technologies, and that offer smart city and public safety applications. The company also said it invites attendees to visit its stand…

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Is Apple Really Going To Implement Facial Recognition on the Next iPhone?

Is Apple Really Going To Implement Facial Recognition on the Next iPhone?

“All told, the patent can be taken as a strong hint that Apple is indeed pursuing facial recognition for its next iPhone, as rumored.” Apple has filed a new patent application for a system entitled “Locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition”. As AppleInsider reports, the filing builds on a couple of previously…

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Rockwell Collins Automates Airport Baggage Checking with Biometrics

Rockwell Collins Automates Airport Baggage Checking with Biometrics

Air travel technology developer Rockwell Collins has brought facial recognition to its self-service baggage checking system for airports. The system links travelers’ facial biometrics to their passports and boarding passes at the time of registration. Thereafter, they can check their own bags, depositing them into an automatic baggage handling system with the help of facial…

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Wipro Ltd. Joins Patient ID Project for NHS Scotland

Wipro Ltd. Joins Patient ID Project for NHS Scotland

IT consultancy Wipro Limited will help NextGate to build a new Enterprise Master Patient Index (eMPI) for Scotland’s national health service. NextGate announced the project last month, after NHS Scotland had selected the company to upgrade its patient identity management system. To that end, the company indicated that it would use its MatchMetrix eMPI platform.…

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USAA App a Premiere Success Story of the Mobile Biometrics Revolution

USAA App a Premiere Success Story of the Mobile Biometrics Revolution

Almost half of USAA’s mobile users are taking advantage of biometric authentication to log in on their phones, reports San Antonio Business Journal. The technology comes by way of Daon and its IdentityX platform, offering users the choice to authenticate via fingerprint scan, or facial or voice recognition. USAA, a bank focused on serving the…

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SITA Working Group to Advocate for Biometric Airport Screening

SITA Working Group to Advocate for Biometric Airport Screening

Riding the wave of this week’s Passenger Terminal Expo, air travel IT solutions provider SITA has announced the Secure Journeys Working Group, an industry initiative aimed at offering policy guidance to the Transportation Security Administration, the Customs and Border Protection Agency, and other relevant government groups. It’s an extension of the Border Automation User Group formed…

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Dermalog Emphasizes Speed of Biometric Tech Ahead of CeBIT 2017

Dermalog Emphasizes Speed of Biometric Tech Ahead of CeBIT 2017

Hamburg-based biometric technology developer Dermalog is highlighting the sophistication of its solutions ahead of the CeBIT digital business exhibition, where the company will showcase its wares. While Dermalog was keen to emphasize how its LF10 fingerprint scanner was helping authorities to manage the refugee crisis at last year’s CeBIT, this year it is placing a…

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NEC Gets Top Ranking in Latest NIST Facial Recognition Test

NEC Gets Top Ranking in Latest NIST Facial Recognition Test

NEC’s facial recognition technology has once again come in first in National Institute of Standards and Technology testing. The company’s technology attained the top ranking in NIST’s most recent Face in Video Evaluation, or FIVE, testing, which assesses the performance of technologies designed to capture in real time the facial biometrics of walking subjects. In…

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Safran Equips Dutch Police With Facial Recognition Tech

Safran Equips Dutch Police With Facial Recognition Tech

Safran Identity & Security has delivered facial recognition technology to Dutch police. The company has announced that the National Police of the Netherlands now have access to MorphoBIS Face Expert, a system allowing investigators to apply facial recognition to forensic images; and MorphoBIS Face Detective, which lets police match facial images against those in criminal…

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Vision-Box’s Seamless Gateway System Offers Passive Biometric Passenger Screening at Airports

Vision-Box’s Seamless Gateway System Offers Passive Biometric Passenger Screening at Airports

Vision-Box has announced the next step in its pioneering airport screening automation technology: Seamless Gateway, a system offering passive biometric identification of passengers. The system was announced at this week’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam and in partnership with the Netherlands’ Schiphol airport. Vison-Box and Schiphol first announced that they were working together on a…

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India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s pioneering national biometric ID program is winning praise from the World Bank, reports Bloomberg. While Aadhaar can still be controversial with respect to privacy issues, it also appears to be offering compelling benefits to government authorities and the population alike. By facilitating access to government services, subsidy programs, and even everyday economic activity, “a…

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Gemalto and IER Fly Into Biometric Airport Screening Market

Gemalto and IER Fly Into Biometric Airport Screening Market

Gemalto and airport and railway terminal maker IER have announced a new self-service solution for passenger processing. Called Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate, it’s a hardware and software package designed for adaptable deployments to airports. The solution supports self-service kiosk and mobile check-in options, as well as document verification and multimodal biometric scanning including…

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Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Identity & Security has successfully completed a pilot project linking passenger security screening at India’s Bengaluru Airport to the country’s biometric national ID system, Aadhaar. It was first reported last autumn that Bengaluru Airport, officially called Kempegowda International Airport, would get Aadhaar-linked biometric screening, with Safran and Vision-Box participating in the project. Now, Safran…

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Ievo-Keytracker Collaboration Brings Biometrics to Key Management

Ievo-Keytracker Collaboration Brings Biometrics to Key Management

UK-based biometric access control specialist Ievo has teamed up with key management solutions provider Keytracker Ltd. to offer the Restricted Key Access System. The system is designed to secure physical keys with Ievo’s biometric access control technology, which is based on fingerprint recognition. Aimed primarily at the healthcare and construction industries, the system ensures that…

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Authentication System Adds a Biometric Spin to the Spoken Password

Authentication System Adds a Biometric Spin to the Spoken Password

Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have come up with a novel authentication system based on spoken passwords. While that may sound old-school, the system assesses not only the password that is spoken, but the biometrics of the speaker’s lip movements. It’s a two-factor authentication system, in other words, and one that offers the particular…

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New FaceStation, Mobile App Kit Among Suprema-BioConnect Showpieces for ISC West

New FaceStation, Mobile App Kit Among Suprema-BioConnect Showpieces for ISC West

“The station, which features an adjustable wall bracket, can perform 1:3,000 matches per second, and enables multi-factor authentication with its RF card reading capability and PIN entry support.” BioConnect and Suprema are preparing to showcase a number of new offerings at this year’s ISC West security trade show. Carrying on their longtime partnership, BioConnect is…

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Biometric Authentication to Safeguard Clinical Trials and Their Participants

Biometric Authentication to Safeguard Clinical Trials and Their Participants

Clinical research services provider Celerion has implemented biometric authentication to make sure that individuals aren’t participating in more than one clinical trial at a time. The capability comes by way of Verified Clinical Trials, or VCT, which has worked with Celerion over the past five years to verify the identities of clinical trial participants. Now,…

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