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Pacific Palisades Private Club Embraces IMID Access Control

Pacific Palisades Private Club Embraces IMID Access Control

FST Biometrics‘ In Motion Identification (IMID) access control system has been deployed at Bel-Air Bay Club, a private beach club in California’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The IMID system—which automatically identifies individuals based on an innovative combination of facial recognition and behavioral biometrics, including gait recognition—has been integrated with the Bel-Air Bay Club’s own membership management system,…

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Logitech’s ‘Best Webcam Ever’ Supports Windows Hello Facial Recognition

Logitech’s ‘Best Webcam Ever’ Supports Windows Hello Facial Recognition

Logitech has announced its ‘best webcam ever’, and the device features support for Windows Hello facial recognition. As its name suggests, the Logitech BRIO 4K offers 4K resolution, allowing users to really take advantage of YouTube’s ultra-high definition support, and arriving just as the technology is starting to get traction in video conferencing. The device…

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RSA 2017 Takes Shape with NCSA, Gemalto, SecuGen On Hand

RSA 2017 Takes Shape with NCSA, Gemalto, SecuGen On Hand

The National Cyber Security Alliance has returned as a sponsor of this year’s RSA Conference, one of the world’s biggest security events. The nonprofit group sees the event as an opportunity to continue spreading the message of its STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign, launched last year to help raise awareness about identity security issues online. Throughout…

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Wearable Biometrics To Aid In Understanding Conversations

Wearable Biometrics To Aid In Understanding Conversations

MIT researchers are working on a wearable AI system that could help to guide people with autism spectrum disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s disorder) and social anxiety through everyday conversations, reports MIT News. The aim is to develop a system that could advise users of the emotional tone of a given conversation, all from the…

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BioCatch Heralds Rise of Behavioral Biometrics

BioCatch Heralds Rise of Behavioral Biometrics

“The excitement was also reflected in FindBiometrics’ 2016 Year in Review, in which survey respondents ranked behavioral biometrics, tied with iris scanning, as the third most exciting biometric modality…” BioCatch is celebrating the rise of behavioral biometrics as a key security solution. In a new blog post, the company notes that a new report from…

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Maharashtra Considers Safran, NEC Bids for Biometric Criminal Registration System

Maharashtra Considers Safran, NEC Bids for Biometric Criminal Registration System

State authorities in Maharashtra, India, are preparing to implement biometric identification of criminals, and Safran Identity & Security and NEC are in the running to provide the needed technology, reports The Indian Express. The Automatic Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) will employ fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition, allowing state law enforcement officials to check criminals’ biometric…

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Indian Gov’t Takes Stern Stance on Unauthorized Aadhaar Services

Indian Gov’t Takes Stern Stance on Unauthorized Aadhaar Services

“…UIDAI, has announced that it has shut down 12 websites and Google Play store mobile apps for providing unauthorized Aadhaar services…” As Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach into everyday life in the country, some are taking advantage and abusing the system – and the government is cracking down. The…

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Biometrics Market to Reach $15.1 Billion by 2025: Tractica

Biometrics Market to Reach $15.1 Billion by 2025: Tractica

Biometric technology is being adopted in consumer, business, and government applications “at an increasing pace,” according to Tractica. The market research firm has announced a new report predicting that the global biometrics market will grow from a value of $2.4 billion last year to $15.1 billion by 2025, reflecting a CAGR of 22.9 percent. The…

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Emirates NBD Deploys Biometric Tablets in Branches

Emirates NBD Deploys Biometric Tablets in Branches

Dubai-based bank Emirates NBD is taking advantage of biometrics to better serve branch visitors, reports Finextra. The bank is equipping specially-assigned customer service agents with tablet devices equipped with biometric identification technology that will allow them to identify customers with respect to the data connected to their Emirates Identity Authority Cards. The aim is to…

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Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With With MacBook Pro Touch ID

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With With MacBook Pro Touch ID

A major password manager app has now incorporated the biometric security of the newest MacBook Pro. Keeper users can now access their password Vault using Touch ID. It’s among the first applications to take advantage of the MacBook Pro’s fingerprint scanner, a new addition to Apple’s laptop line after the company pioneered the technology on its…

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Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

“…while Mastercard hasn’t set a launch date for Australia, its arrival appears to be imminent.” Mastercard is bringing its Identity Check platform to Australia, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The company made its announcement at the recent Australian Open. The app is also known as ‘Selfie Pay’, but it isn’t a mobile payment platform. It…

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SalesForce Expands 2FA Support with New Biometric App

SalesForce Expands 2FA Support with New Biometric App

SalesForce has launched a 2FA app. It’s called RHEA, and adds fingerprint recognition to the password-based security already in place. When a user goes to log in to SalesForce on a laptop or desktop, the system will send a notification to her registered mobile device prompting her to scan her finger in the RHEA app.…

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AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

Applied World Solutions is offering a new product that could help law enforcement officers with their fingerprint scanning activities. It’s called Minutia Advancement Paste, or MAP, and AWS says it can substantially enhance the quality of fingerprints. It does that by swelling the ridges of a given fingerprint, making them more defined; and by moistening…

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New Identity Consultancy Brings Biometrics Experience

New Identity Consultancy Brings Biometrics Experience

There’s a new identity consultancy firm on the block. Called Identity Strategy Partners, or IdSP, the group has been founded by Mark Crego and Janice Kephart, who offer a combined experience in the identity and security field of almost 35 years. Crego spent 18 years at Accenture, and during that time he also spent five…

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EyeLock Offers Solution to Server-Side Biometrics Vulnerability

EyeLock Offers Solution to Server-Side Biometrics Vulnerability

Iris scanning specialist EyeLock says it has developed a more secure cloud-based biometric authentication system. Employing both EyeLock’s patent-pending BioTag protocol and sophisticated AI, the system is detailed in a new whitepaper entitled “What You Should Know About Biometrics in the Cloud”. The aim is to offer a biometric authentication system that also incorporates two…

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Will Samsung Unveil Its Next Biometric Smartphone at MWC?

Will Samsung Unveil Its Next Biometric Smartphone at MWC?

“As for biometrics, the device will reportedly sport a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and will pick up where the failed Note7 left off with an iris-scanning capability.” Samsung has previously said that it won’t launch its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, at this year’s Mobile World Congress, but it looks like attendees may nevertheless get a…

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Public Agencies Need to Invest in Technologies Like Biometrics: Report

Public Agencies Need to Invest in Technologies Like Biometrics: Report

If they want to stay competitive with the private sector, public agencies need to invest in emerging technologies like machine learning and biometrics in order to attract highly-trained professionals, argues a new report from Accenture. Entitled Emerging Technologies in Public Service, the report is based on “an online survey of 774 technology leaders in public…

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NextGate to Tout Benefits of Biometrics at HIMSS17

NextGate to Tout Benefits of Biometrics at HIMSS17

NextGate will attend the HIMSS17 Annual Conference and Exhibition and plans to highlight its biometric solution for patient identification and EHR management, the company has announced. NextGate introduced facial recognition to its MatchMetrix patient records management system late last summer, and quickly proceeded to integrate it into its XDS Registry & Repository platform. In a…

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Biometric Pill Dispenser Could Curb Substance Abuse

Biometric Pill Dispenser Could Curb Substance Abuse

MAP Health Management has teamed up with Intent Solutions to bring the latter’s biometric medication dispenser into the former’s substance abuse solutions portfolio. The device is called the TAD (for “Take As Directed“), and is designed to only dispense a given pill after a biometric scan from a registered user, using a built-in fingerprint sensor. It…

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Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran Identity & Security has teamed up with FotoNation to offer a biometric identity solution compatible with India’s massive national ID program, Aadhaar. While FotoNation’s mobile authentication system launched last autumn featured both facial and iris recognition, the companies’ new offering, called BioNetra, will focus on the latter modality, with a statement announcing the partnership…

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Fingerprint Cards’ Year-End Results Are In

Fingerprint Cards’ Year-End Results Are In

Fingerprint Cards has issued its year-end results for 2016 along with those of Q4. For the quarter, the company saw SEK 1,618.7 million in revenues, reflecting a 20 percent increase compared to Q4 of 2015. FPC reports an operating profit of SEK 547.6 million. Looking to the full year, the company saw an operating profit of…

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Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

“Meanwhile, Tore Etholm-Idsøe is staying on with NEXT as its new Chairman of the Board.” NEXT Biometrics has a new CEO. Ritu Favre, former Biometrics Products Division GM and SVP of Synaptics, is taking the helm from Tore Etholm-Idsøe, the company has announced. In a statement announcing the appointment, NEXT Biometrics Chair Brita Eilertsen emphasized Favre’s “extensive…

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Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

“Public Services has consulted various industry interests prior to making the change and has piloted biometric background checks with a major contractor…” The Canadian government is enhancing its standards for contractor background checks with a new fingerprinting requirement, reports the CBC. The change is being implemented by Public Services and Procurement Canada in response to…

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Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

“Biometric authentication was performed using Safran’s MorphoTablets, 30,000 of which have been supplied to Ivory Coast’s Independent Electoral Commission over the past two years.” Safran Identity & Security technology played a critical role in recent biometric votes in Ivory Coast, the company has revealed. Authorities used Safran’s technology to register the biometrics of 6.3 million…

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SecuGen to Showcase UN20 Serial at RSA 2017

SecuGen to Showcase UN20 Serial at RSA 2017

SecuGen will take the opportunity of the RSA 2017 conference to show off its UN20 Serial fingerprint sensor, the company has announced. The device was announced at the start of this year. Part of the company’s Unity BDP product line, it’s a serial interface optical sensor boasting of FBI and NIST MINEX certification. It also…

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Eyeprint ID Arrives in Europe Via Yapi Kredi

Eyeprint ID Arrives in Europe Via Yapi Kredi

“Yapi Kredi AGM Yakup Dogan explained that Eyeprint ID ‘addresses two major shortcomings for mobile banking customers today: security and recalling passwords.’” EyeVerify technology has arrived in Europe. The company has announced that its eye vein-based mobile authentication platform, Eyeprint ID, is now being used in its first European bank app. The deployment comes through…

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Veridium CEO to Show Off Solutions at FinovateEurope

Veridium CEO to Show Off Solutions at FinovateEurope

Veridium is going to FinovateEurope 2017, where CEO James Stickland will present the company’s 4 Finger TouchlessID solution, along with the VeridiumID platform. With FinovateEurope’s focus on the financial services sector, where biometric solutions are proving increasingly popular, Veridium’s solutions could prove appealing. Its VeridiumID authentication platform supports facial, voice, and fingerprint biometrics; and 4 Finger…

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FPC Eyes Iris Expansion with Delta ID Acquisition

FPC Eyes Iris Expansion with Delta ID Acquisition

“In a statement announcing the acquisition, FPC CEO Christian Fredrikson said it would enable the company ‘to provide multi-modal solutions to the market, combining iris recognition with our fingerprint sensors.’” Fingerprint Cards is buying iris recognition specialist Delta ID for SEK 938 million, or a little under $107 million USD. The deal represents a considerable…

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Regulation To Require Thailand MNOs Biometrically Register Subscribers

Regulation To Require Thailand MNOs Biometrically Register Subscribers

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is pressing ahead with its new regulation requiring mobile network operators to enable biometric registration for subscribers, and has rejected calls to exempt smaller operators from the order, reports the Bangkok Post. The measure was introduced last last year as a means of improving security for customers, with…

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New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

IDEX has contracted a US sales agent specializing in the North California and Nevada region. Paragon Technical will now help to promote the Norway-based company’s fingerprint sensor solutions in the US. In a statement announcing the partnership, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia called Paragon Technical “a sales agent with a solid industry track record and a…

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Fingerprint Cards Increases Share Capital

Fingerprint Cards Increases Share Capital

Fingerprint Cards has increased its share capital, with the number of its Class B shares rising by 870,000 to reach a total of 318,391,675 shares. The move was restricted to Class B shares, with the number of Class A shares remaining at 6,000,000. In a statement announcing the move, FPC framed it as part of a…

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Hong Kong Authorities Prepare to Bring Biometric Scanning to Airports

Hong Kong Authorities Prepare to Bring Biometric Scanning to Airports

Authorities in Hong Kong are preparing to roll out biometric border security measures at the territory’s airports, reports Today. To begin with, it won’t be the kind of fully-fledged biometric ABC system that is emerging at some airports around the world, but the new effort represents a strong step in that direction. The plan is…

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Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Skatteverket, Sweden’s tax agency, has engaged Gemalto in a multi-year digital identity project. The agency will implement Gemalto’s eGov platform into its online services, and will offer Gemalto’s Premium Polycarbonate eID cards to citizens. The company’s eGov platform offers SSO and multi-factor authentication features that can incorporate one-time passwords, smart cards, and fingerprint recognition. Skatteverket…

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SecuGen to Showcase Bluetooth Fingerprint Sensor at RSA 2017

SecuGen to Showcase Bluetooth Fingerprint Sensor at RSA 2017

SecuGen will show off its new UN20 Bluetooth fingerprint sensor at RSA 2017, the company has announced. The device was first announced late last year. Part of SecuGen’s Unity BDP product line, it’s a FIPS 201 PIV/FAP 20 certified fingerprint sensor based on a customizable open source operating system. The company showcased the device alongside…

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Facebook’s U2F Support Good News For Yubico

Facebook’s U2F Support Good News For Yubico

Yubico is celebrating Facebook’s new U2F support, putting forward its YubiKey devices as the keys to unlock this kind of security. Facebook announced its embrace of U2F last week in a blog post by Security Engineer Brad Hill, who called it a means for users “to make logging into Facebook even more secure.” Yubico goes a…

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EyeVerify Sees Increasing Role for Biometrics in Financial Services

EyeVerify Sees Increasing Role for Biometrics in Financial Services

“With more than 50 financial institutions having taken advantage of Eyeprint ID last year, the company says its eye vein-based mobile authentication platform represents ‘the most-integrated software biometric for mobile banking authentication.’” EyeVerify is predicting a big year for biometrics in the financial services sector. In a new blog post, the company forecasts that 2017…

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Biometric Traveler Screening Program Gets 11 New Airline Partners

Biometric Traveler Screening Program Gets 11 New Airline Partners

The Transportation Security Administration has brought 11 additional airlines into the fold of the TSA PreCheck program. There are now 30 airlines participating in PreCheck, which uses biometric authentication to offer expedited security screening to participating travelers. The newest airlines to support the service are Aruba Airlines, Avianca, Boutique Airlines, Emirates, Key Lime Air, Miami Air…

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Precise Biometrics Scores 17.5 Million SEK Deal

Precise Biometrics Scores 17.5 Million SEK Deal

Precise Biometrics has secured a big new licensing deal that will bring the company revenues of at least 17.5 million SEK over the next couple of years. In a statement announcing the deal, Precise Biometrics declined to name the client in question, but asserted that it’s an existing customer. The new licensing agreement replaces a…

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Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Aadhaar Pay is starting to take shape and could launch imminently. The idea was announced by Indian authorities late last year as the government ramped up efforts to transform India into a cashless society. Aadhaar Pay is a kind of hybrid between mobile payments and naked payments: Customers need only to pay with biometric scans,…

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Karachi Gov’t to Implement Biometric Attendance Tracking

Karachi Gov’t to Implement Biometric Attendance Tracking

City officials in Karachi, Pakistan, are preparing to implement biometric time and attendance tracking systems for city staff, reports Daily Times. The efforts are being undertaken by the Karachi Municipal Corporation and the Karachi Development Authority, with the former employing nearly 17,000 workers and the latter a little over 4,000. The aim is to ensure…

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Competition Seeks Automated N2N Fingerprint Capture

Competition Seeks Automated N2N Fingerprint Capture

A new government-led competition is launching to improve roll-based fingerprint scanning. Called the “Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge”, it’s being organized by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a branch of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. By IARPA’s standards, the current methodology for capturing N2N fingerprints – that is, the entire fingerprint,…

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Biometric Election Tech Shipment Offers Reassurance in Sierra Leone

Biometric Election Tech Shipment Offers Reassurance in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone government has received a large shipment of biometric registration kits. The shipment arrived on Thursday of this week, with Minister of Internal Affairs Alfred Palo Conteh asserting that it “will send a clear and strong message to the general public that the 2018 general elections will surely take place” – a poignant…

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ZTE Uses Intel Chip Tech to Support Super-Fast Facial Recognition

ZTE Uses Intel Chip Tech to Support Super-Fast Facial Recognition

“[ZTE’s cloud computing application] ran a facial recognition system, and was able to process over a thousand images per second, with a “theoretical high accuracy”, according to a statement from Intel.” Intel has helped ZTE to make some substantial leaps in its AI technology. The mobile maker took advantage of Intel’s midrange ARIA 10 FPGA computer…

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Imprivata Says Hello to MENA Market

Imprivata Says Hello to MENA Market

Imprivata will be showcasing its biometric solutions at next week’s Arab Health conference in Dubai, an event billing itself as the biggest healthcare event in the MENA region. For Imprivata, it’s an opportunity to introduce itself, with the company being new to the region. In a statement announcing its participation, Imprivata Customer Experience SVP Carina Edwards called…

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Behavioral Biometrics Easier and More Secure: NuData

Behavioral Biometrics Easier and More Secure: NuData

Authentication based on behavioral biometrics is easier and safer, argues NuData Security. In a new blog post, the company makes the case that behavioral biometrics is non-intrusive for subjects, and that the behavioral profiles it establishes for users are of no value to hackers. Physical biometrics, while offering useful identity data, could be vulnerable to…

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Scotiabank’s ‘Digital Factory’ Protected by Biometrics

Scotiabank’s ‘Digital Factory’ Protected by Biometrics

“And to demonstrate its commitment to innovative technology, the bank has implemented biometric access control to the Digital Factory…” Scotiabank’s Digital Factory in Canada is now in production. The bank first announced its new initiative in October of 2015, when it explained that as part of a “digital transformation” it was establishing an innovation lab…

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Acuity Predicts Mainstreaming of Iris, Behavioral Biometrics for 2017

Acuity Predicts Mainstreaming of Iris, Behavioral Biometrics for 2017

Acuity Market Intelligence has announced its “Ten Top Trends for Biometrics and Digital Identity” for 2017. Many of the trends are already underway. Mobile biometrics will continue to go mainstream, enterprise executives will continue to respond to the impacts of the IoT, and more startups and small companies are going to be acquired by bigger…

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Looks Like Iris Scanning is Coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S8

Looks Like Iris Scanning is Coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S8

“…the iris scanning will pick up where the failed Note7 left off, fulfilling Samsung’s vision of becoming the pioneer of mobile iris scanning…” The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner that can be used for biometric phone unlocking and transaction verification, reports The Guardian. It’s something close to a confirmation of speculation that…

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FIDO-Compliant 2FA Security Comes to Facebook

FIDO-Compliant 2FA Security Comes to Facebook

Facebook is embracing FIDO-compliant two-factor authentication with devices like YubiKeys, with Facebook security engineer Brad Hill calling it a way “to make logging into Facebook even more secure.” Effective today, users can register their 2FA devices to ensure that their account login process adheres to FIDO U2F standards, with Facebook prompting such users to tap their…

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Crossmatch Solution Secures Disaster Relief with Biometrics

Crossmatch Solution Secures Disaster Relief with Biometrics

Crossmatch is making the case for biometrics in disaster relief and foreign assistance. The company is presenting its solution at this week’s Action on Disaster Relief conference in Panama City, where Crossmatch Marketing Director Ben Ball is a speaker. The idea is to link biometric authentication to the aid delivery process in order to cut down…

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