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Alexa Can Lock Your Doors Via Voice Command

Alexa Can Lock Your Doors Via Voice Command

“In the meantime, Amazon is reportedly working to enable voice recognition for Alexa…” Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant has extended its reach in the smart home with a new capability of managing smart locks from Kwikset. The latter’s SmartCode 910, 912, 914, and 916 devices can now be locked with a simple voice command from the user.…

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Face Recognition Added to Galaxy S8 Biometric Arsenal

Face Recognition Added to Galaxy S8 Biometric Arsenal

Samsung is planning to incorporate facial recognition into the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, reports The Korea Economic Daily. The feature will complement iris scanning in the device’s overall biometric authentication process. While Samsung had previously been keen to push the enhanced security of iris scanning on its aborted Note7 smartphone last year, a company official…

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FIDO Standards Could Complement Government’s Existing Digital Security Protocols

FIDO Standards Could Complement Government’s Existing Digital Security Protocols

The FIDO Alliance is hoping that the Trump administration will heed its advice in a new white paper outlining how FIDO standards could complement existing digital security protocols in use by the government. It’s a response to last December’s report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which advocated for stronger authentication methods beyond…

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Are Voice Recognition Based Payments The Next Step in FinTech Convenience?

Are Voice Recognition Based Payments The Next Step in FinTech Convenience?

PayPal may be looking into voice recognition to enable more digital commerce use cases in the near future, if a new post-MWC blog post offers any hints. Looking back on last week’s event — for which we featured extensive firsthand coverage — PayPal Head of Global Initiatives Anuj Nayar notes two dominant trends. One is the Internet…

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Ireland Becomes 14th Apple Pay Country

Ireland Becomes 14th Apple Pay Country

Apple Pay has launched in Ireland, making it the 14th country in which Apple’s biometrically secured mPayment service is available. It arrived with the support of Ulster Bank and KBC, as well as the Boon app, which lets users pay with Apple Pay using digital prepaid cards. Merchant partners include Applegreen, Centra, Guinness Storehouse, and…

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Smart Card Alliance Re-Brand Reflects Paradigm Shift

Smart Card Alliance Re-Brand Reflects Paradigm Shift

The Smart Card Alliance has re-branded as the Secure Technology Alliance. In a statement announcing the change, the organization explains that it’s meant to reflect a greater breadth in the organization’s mission. The Smart Card Alliance had focused mostly on the promotion of smart card technology as the key standard for security in payments, access,…

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Dramatic Growth Predicted for Iris Recognition Market: Tractica

Dramatic Growth Predicted for Iris Recognition Market: Tractica

The global iris recognition market is in for huge growth over the next several years, according to a new forecast from Tractica. The market research firm projects that it will rise from an estimated value of $676.6 million last year to $4.1 billion by the year 2025, with annual shipments of iris scanning devices rising…

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IBM Sets New Speech Recognition Record

IBM Sets New Speech Recognition Record

IBM has broken an industry record with its speech recognition technology, reaching a word error rate of 5.5 percent. It’s a considerable accomplishment given that the company attained a word error rate of 6.9 percent only half a year ago. More importantly, it has broken the record of a rival, with Microsoft researchers having reached…

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InvenSense-GF Partnership Produces Under-Glass Ultrasonic Sensor Solution

InvenSense-GF Partnership Produces Under-Glass Ultrasonic Sensor Solution

MEMS sensor technology developer InvenSense has teamed up with GlobalFoundries (GF) to develop ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology for the mobile and IoT markets. Called the InvenSense UltraPrint Ultrasound Fingerprint Touch Sensor Solution, it’s the product of a development process that leverages GF’s aluminum nitride manufacturing technology to enable the production of piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers.…

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Updated GenKey ABIS Can Detect Duplicate Fingerprints More Quickly

Updated GenKey ABIS Can Detect Duplicate Fingerprints More Quickly

GenKey has updated its Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), the company has announced. The update revolves around speed, particularly with respect to its Label Independent Matching (LIM) — the system’s capability to detect duplicate fingerprints, even when they have been recorded and labeled as separate biometric entities. Explaining the enhancement in a statement, GenKey CTO Gavan Duffy…

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Brisbane Airport Deploys SITA Biometric Screening System

Brisbane Airport Deploys SITA Biometric Screening System

Australia’s Brisbane Airport has become the first in Australia to implement SITA Smart Path, a biometric and automated passenger screening solution. The process is simple. Travelers present their passenger information at the SITA Smart Path kiosk, and then proceed through an automated gate, undergoing a facial recognition scan that links them to their passport and…

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4th Kingdom Cyber Security Meeting to Feature Smart City Focus

4th Kingdom Cyber Security Meeting to Feature Smart City Focus

Organizers have officially announced the 4th Kingdom Cyber Security Meeting in Saudi Arabia. In a statement announcing the event, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Professor Dr. Taghreed Justinia laid out the unique security situation the country faces, noting that Saudi Arabia has “a uniquely vast geography of cities still distinctly separated and…

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ImageWare to Present at ROTH Investor Conference

ImageWare to Present at ROTH Investor Conference

ImageWare has been offered an opportunity to drum up some potentially significant investor interest with an invitation to present at the 29th ROTH Capital Partners Conference. It’s the investment banking firm’s annual gathering of investors and executives aimed at promoting small and mid-cap companies. ROTH says that its last event attracted almost 500 companies and…

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Nok Nok Labs Launches a Premium Edition of S3 Authentication Suite

Nok Nok Labs Launches a Premium Edition of S3 Authentication Suite

“Nok Nok Labs in itself a co-founder of FIDO and an author of its authentication standards, which are quickly becoming adopted across a range of devices and online services, and have garnered the high-profile support of Google and Facebook.” Nok Nok Labs has launched a Premium Edition version of its S3 Authentication Suite. In a…

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Zwipe Reports Biometric Payment Card Progress

Zwipe Reports Biometric Payment Card Progress

Zwipe is reporting progress on the biometric payment card front in a new corporate update. The company says it is on track to deliver its dual interface biometric payment cards to market this year, and to that end established new agreements with two “multinational card manufacturers” in Q4 of 2016. That bodes well for the…

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FindBiometrics Announces First Expert Webinar of 2017

FindBiometrics Announces First Expert Webinar of 2017

FindBiometrics is starting its 2017 webinar season with a bang, tackling one of the hottest topics in the tech world: Mobile biometrics. The field has come a long way from Apple’s pioneering introduction of Touch ID. Fingerprint sensors are now common and widespread smartphone features, and are starting to find their way into multi-modal solutions…

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IP Security Platform Integrates IMID Biometrics

IP Security Platform Integrates IMID Biometrics

FST Biometrics has teamed up with Genetec to bring its In Motion Identification (IMID) technology to the Genetec Security Center. Combining facial recognition with behavioral biometrics, FST’s IMID solution has seen numerous access control deployments, allowing for the passive authentication of individuals as they approach entry points. The Genetec Security Center, meanwhile, is an IP…

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Consumers Like Call Center Voice Recognition, Too: NICE Survey

Consumers Like Call Center Voice Recognition, Too: NICE Survey

A rising number of organizations have been enjoying the administrative benefits of voice-based authentication in the contact center, but new survey data is now affirming that customers like it, too. The data comes from enterprise software provider NICE, which surveyed 900 customers across India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia. Announcing its results,…

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NEC Brings Biometric Cafeteria System to Chilean Schools

NEC Brings Biometric Cafeteria System to Chilean Schools

“Given the reliability of biometric identification, it helps to ensure that one student isn’t fraudulent obtaining food beyond the proper allocation, and it offers administrators real-time data on food consumption.” NEC Chile has deployed a biometric system to help administrate school cafeterias. The system has been deployed in 30 schools across three cities including Santiago,…

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Behavioral Authentication Comes To BlackBerry Dynamics

Behavioral Authentication Comes To BlackBerry Dynamics

BlackBerry has brought a behavioral authentication system to its enterprise security platform, with the Sentegrity app now available to all BlackBerry Dynamics users. The app is designed to use a range of contextual factors to assess risk and regulate access control, dynamically adjusting security requirements based on analysis. One assessment might not require a password…

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Aadhaar Pay Goes Live in India

Aadhaar Pay Goes Live in India

“The service is going live just as Samsung launches its mPayment service in the country…” Aadhaar Pay is now active in India, care of IDFC Bank. The system operates through a mobile app on the merchant side. When a customer wishes to pay for something, she needs only to select the bank on the touchscreen, enter…

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CBP Lays Out Biometric Entry-Exit Program Plan

CBP Lays Out Biometric Entry-Exit Program Plan

The US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) is ready to move ahead with the development of a Biometric Entry-Exit Program of Record, reaching out to industry in a Special Notice via the US General Services Administration. It’s the next step after tests involving one-to-one facial matching, mobile biometrics collection, outdoor facial and iris scanning,…

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Pindrop Gets Major CUSO Deployment

Pindrop Gets Major CUSO Deployment

PSCU has become the first credit union service organization (CUSO) to implement Pindrop’s call analytics system into its call center. Pindrop’s Phoneprinting platform assesses 147 different metrics connected to a given call, from the kind of device being used to make the call to its geographic location, in order to detect potential fraud. It’s able…

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Rhode Island Considers Biometric Background Checks for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Rhode Island Considers Biometric Background Checks for Uber, Lyft Drivers

“The bill is almost certain to prompt a notice from Uber and Lyft that the organizations will halt their services in Rhode Island if the biometric background check requirement is implemented.” Another state is considering legislation that would require Uber drivers to undergo biometric background checks. Rhode Island State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has just…

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Looks Like Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning For iPhone 8: Report

Looks Like Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning For iPhone 8: Report

Apple is taking a last-minute change of course for its next iPhone’s fingerprint scanning components. According to a new report from DigiTimes, the company will use “Privaris glass identification technology” along with its in-house Authentec algorithm software for the iPhone 8’s Touch ID system. Citing “industry sources,” the report suggests that the iPhone will use…

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Behavioral Biometrics Could Be The Answer To ‘Fileless’ Malware

Behavioral Biometrics Could Be The Answer To ‘Fileless’ Malware

“By using a range of analytics including metrics based on how users interact with their devices, rather than relying purely on user credentials, such systems offer an alternative means of authenticating transactions and assessing risks.” BioCatch is raising the alarm over a new kind of malware that doesn’t rely on computer files as its bases of…

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Biometric Airport Screening Program Takes Shape in Canada

Biometric Airport Screening Program Takes Shape in Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency has launched a new automated traveler screening program based on facial recognition, according to a CBC report. Dubbed the Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program, it’s starting to take shape as international airports in Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City pave the way with requests for tender. In the case of Toronto’s…

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Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission Grants Banks Apple Pay Approval

Taiwan’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, has granted approval to seven major banks to offer Apple Pay – Apple’s biometrically secured mobile wallet – to their customers, paving the way for the service to launch in the state. The banks concerned are Union Bank of Taiwan, First Commercial Bank, CTBC Bank, Taishin International Bank,…

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FindBiometrics Will Once Again Bring Biometrics to Money20/20 Europe

FindBiometrics Will Once Again Bring Biometrics to Money20/20 Europe

“…FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill will host the track session “The power of choice: Why multimodal biometrics are taking over FinTech”, with big-name participants…” The organizers of Money20/20 Europe have announced the event’s agenda, and FindBiometrics will be right in the middle of the action. Like many successful endeavors, the event will start with a good…

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UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

Having launched criminal investigation against multiple organizations for misuse of Aadhaar a couple of weeks ago, the Unique Identification Authority of India is now seeking to reassure the public that the incident did not involve a breach of the national ID program’s biometic data. The case of misuse involved Axis Bank and its business partners Suvidhaa Infoserve…

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Samsung SDS Wins GLOMO Award With Biometrics

Samsung SDS Wins GLOMO Award With Biometrics

Samsung SDS is celebrating its big win at this week’s Mobile World Congress. The Korea-based company won a Global Mobile Award (or ‘Glomo’ Award) in the category of Best Mobile Security or Anti-Fraud Solution, for its Samsung Mobile Security Management Suite. The platform brings biometric authentication to enterprise mobile management, supporting voice, fingerprint, and facial…

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Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

As India’s biometric national ID program continues to grow and extend across the country, its benefits in areas ranging from everyday banking to transportation are becoming increasingly apparent. But it could also offer a transformative impact on deeper socioeconomic level, with the system being linked to a new program aimed at getting underprivileged kids into…

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Study: Facial Recognition Tech Accuracy Deteriorates with Age of Subjects

Study: Facial Recognition Tech Accuracy Deteriorates with Age of Subjects

The accuracy of facial recognition technologies decreases as a subject ages, according to new research from Michigan State University. The MSU researchers sought to assess how effectively contemporary facial recognition systems can match a face that has aged over an extended period, testing the technology against mug shot images for about 23,600 individuals. The researchers…

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Indian Railways to Link Aadhaar to Online Ticketing

Indian Railways to Link Aadhaar to Online Ticketing

Indian Railways is planning to link ticket purchases to citizens’ national ID program numbers. Confirming a rumor from last summer, the organization has laid out its Aadhaar plans in its business roadmap for 2017-2018. As part of a larger effort to transition to cashless ticketing, including a new mobile app planned for launch this May,…

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New Infrared LEDs Designed for Facial, Iris Scanning on Mobile

New Infrared LEDs Designed for Facial, Iris Scanning on Mobile

Osram Opto Semiconductors has announced two new infrared LEDs designed to facilitate iris and facial recognition on mobile devices. The Oslux SFH 4787S is designed to emit its infrared light at a special angled direction in order to align with the mobile device’s camera, helping to ensure that the subject’s iris is illuminated evenly. The…

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FIDO Gets High-Profile Endorsements at RSA 2017

FIDO Gets High-Profile Endorsements at RSA 2017

While this year’s Mobile World Congress sucked up a lot of attention with its wide-ranging array of cutting-edge mobile technologies, a recent security-focused event helped to highlight the growing importance of FIDO security standards in the mobile sector and beyond. Looking back on RSA Conference 2017, FIDO Alliance Senior Director of Marketing Andrew Shikiar highlights…

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Samsung Pay India Now in Early Access

Samsung Pay India Now in Early Access

“Users can register now for the Early Access program, and will be able to give it a try before the service’s official launch…” It looks like Samsung Pay – Samsung’s biometrically secured mobile wallet – is about to arrive in India. Signs first emerged earlier this year, when an Android update brought the Samsung Pay…

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Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

“While the country’s biometric smart cards will need to include citizens’ facial and fingerprint data, the latter no longer needs to be submitted to a national database, though individuals who opt out will need to renew their IDs twice as often.” Israel’s legislature has approved a new law that will make registration in a national biometric…

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Aware Inc. Goes From Dual Leadership to Sole CEO

Aware Inc. Goes From Dual Leadership to Sole CEO

“The company’s other co-CEO and co-President, Kevin T. Russell, is now its sole CEO and President, as well as General Counsel.” A chief executive of biometric software and services provider Aware, Inc. is stepping down. The company has announced that Richard Moberg is leaving his post as co-Chief Executive Officer, co-President, CFO and Treasurer. In…

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BioWolf LE Integration Could See Suprema Biometrics Tech Supporting Range of Applications

BioWolf LE Integration Could See Suprema Biometrics Tech Supporting Range of Applications

“The tablet is targeted at the logistics, banking, healthcare, voter registration, and heavy industry markets…” Suprema fingerprint biometrics technology has found its way into a new rugged tablet from BioRugged. The BioWolf LE features Suprema’s SFU-S20, a FAP20 and FBI PIV certified USB fingerprint module featuring IP65-rated water resistance. The biometric technology could prove important in…

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Sensory, DSP Group, STMicroelectronics Produce New Voice Activation SiP

Sensory, DSP Group, STMicroelectronics Produce New Voice Activation SiP

Semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics, wireless chipset provider DSP Group, and voice and speech technology specialist Sensory Inc. have announced a jointly-developed System-in-Package device that could enable sophisticated voice interaction in new products. Each company has brought technology to the table to help make the device a uniquely capable voice interaction technology. A microphone using STMicroelectronics’ MEMS…

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Precise BioMatch Mobile Used in Two New Xiaomi Devices

Precise BioMatch Mobile Used in Two New Xiaomi Devices

Precise Biometrics‘ algorithm software is being used in two new Xiaomi devices, the company has announced. One of them is the Redmi 4X, the latest entry in Xiaomi’s Redmi line to take advantage of the Precise BioMatch Mobile system. The other is the Xiaomi Mi 5C, following previous Mi line devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix…

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MWC 2017: OT’s F-Code Smart Card Replaces PINs With Biometrics

MWC 2017: OT’s F-Code Smart Card Replaces PINs With Biometrics

“…the company’s F-Code is perhaps its showstopper when it comes to payment cards. It features a built-in fingerprint sensor, designed to entirely replace the PIN.” Oberthur Technologies is showing off its payment card solutions at this week’s Mobile World Congress, including a card with embedded biometric security. One new offering is OT Motion Code, a payment card…

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New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

New Apple Patent Outlines Full-Display Fingerprint Scanner

“Along with numerous other IP holdings, the patent underscores Apple’s interest in developing in-display Touch ID without definitely showing how exactly it’s going to do so…” Apple has been granted a patent for a system that could turn the entire display of an iPhone screen into a fingerprint scanner. As AppleInsider explains, the system entails…

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NICE Announces Upgraded Voice Authentication System

NICE Announces Upgraded Voice Authentication System

NICE has announced an enhanced version of its Real-Time Authentication solution. The platform is designed to offer natural voice recognition for call-in center applications, identifying customers in an entirely passive manner, without the need to go through tedious security questions and passcodes. The platform received the 2016 Kachina Award from Saddletree Research last autumn, and also…

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ImageWare Wins New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan

ImageWare Wins New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan

ImageWare has won the 2017 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. In a statement announcing the award, the growth consultancy explained that each year it is bestowed to “the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising a strong growth strategy and robustly implementing it.” Frost & Sullivan lauded ImageWare for its…

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Uni-ID Technology Brings Safran Facial Recognition to Authentication Platform

Uni-ID Technology Brings Safran Facial Recognition to Authentication Platform

Safran Identity & Security‘s facial recognition technology has been integrated into Uni-ID Technology’s authentication platform, the companies have announced. Uni-ID is a China-based Lenovo subsidiary offering authentication solutions to organizations ranging from banks to ISPs. Its head, Henry Chai, happens to be the Chair of FIDO’s China Working Group, and as such is naturally interested…

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Mastercard Study Shows Consumer Interest in Biometric mPayments Security

Mastercard Study Shows Consumer Interest in Biometric mPayments Security

“According to the report, 43 percent of the consumers analyzed in the study “expressed interest in biometrics and other forms of authentication” to improve digital payments security, and 51 percent of those conversations were driven by advancements in facial and fingerprint recognition.” Together with PRIME Research and Synthesio, Mastercard has been listening in on some…

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IDEX Receives New Order For Biometric Smart Card Fingerprint Tech

IDEX Receives New Order For Biometric Smart Card Fingerprint Tech

IDEX has received a new order for its smart card fingerprint sensor technology from Italy-based biometric device developer Card Tech. The order is part of a larger collaboration announced by the two companies. In a statement, they explained their project to work with “a top-tier card integrator to deliver a biometric card module” that will…

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MWC 2017: BlackBerry KEYone Sports First Ever Smartphone Keyboard Fingerprint Sensor

MWC 2017: BlackBerry KEYone Sports First Ever Smartphone Keyboard Fingerprint Sensor

Seeking to make a splash at this week’s Mobile World Congress, Fingerprint Cards has announced a world’s first with the integration of a fingerprint sensor into a smartphone’s keyboard. While most contemporary smartphones use digital keyboards based in the display, FPC had a unique partner in this project known for its use of small physical…

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