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Zimbabwe Making Tentative Progress Toward Biometric Elections

Zimbabwe Making Tentative Progress Toward Biometric Elections

Zimbabwe isn’t going to use biometrics in the country’s 2018 election general election, but is proceeding with a biometric voter registration program, reports The Herald. The clarification comes by way of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, whose chair, Justice Rita Makarau, told The Herald that the biometric registration “is going to assist us to compile a…

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Upgraded Facial Biometrics System a ‘Milestone’ for Innovatrics

Upgraded Facial Biometrics System a ‘Milestone’ for Innovatrics

Innovatrics has launched a new version of its facial biometrics system. Dubbed iFace 3.0, the system is able to perform demographic analysis with respect to the age and gender of a subject and can track multiple faces. But it’s also fast when it comes to identification and authentication, with Innovatrics asserting that it can perform…

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Eyeprint ID Could Expand ‘Dramatically’ Across Alipay Base: EyeVerify

Eyeprint ID Could Expand ‘Dramatically’ Across Alipay Base: EyeVerify

A wide swath of Alipay users now have access to Eyeprint ID security, and the company behind the system, EyeVerify, is celebrating the deployment in a new blog post outlining the system’s advantages. An obvious one is ease of use, particularly given that Alipay already employed a facial recognition authentication system using a mobile interface…

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Indian Government Mulls Linking Biometric ID Program to Tax Returns

Indian Government Mulls Linking Biometric ID Program to Tax Returns

Government authorities in India are considering enabling the use of Aadhaar for income tax returns. The idea is to simplify tax returns by letting Indian citizens file them using their account numbers from the national biometric ID program. The measure was proposed by an advisory panel concerned with the advancement of India’s digital payments ecosystem,…

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UK Gov’t Allows Mobile Photos for Renewing Passports

UK Gov’t Allows Mobile Photos for Renewing Passports

“Professionally-taken photos are still required for initial passport applications and for those pertaining to lost or stolen passports…” The UK’s Home Office is now allowing citizens to renew their passports using pictures taken with mobile phones, reports The Telegraph. The development emerges alongside another regulatory change relieving citizens of the need to provide signatures as…

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Transmit Security Announces Second Major Bank Deployment in Israel

Transmit Security Announces Second Major Bank Deployment in Israel

The First International Bank of Israel (FIBI) is implementing the Transmit Security Platform (“Transmit SP”) in its line of services. In a statement announcing the deployment, Transmit Security explained that FIBI was making the move in order “to meet regulatory mandates that require the implementation of risk-based multi-factor authentication”. It’s a considerable win for Transmit…

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CLEAR Expansion Underway with New Airport Deployments

CLEAR Expansion Underway with New Airport Deployments

CLEAR is expanding its biometric passenger screening program across America. The company has announced that its system has come to the JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, and that later this month it’s coming to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. By the end of Q1, the service will also be in place…

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Lars Söderfjell Leaves FPC Board After Insider Trading Accusations

Lars Söderfjell Leaves FPC Board After Insider Trading Accusations

Lars Söderfjell has left his position on Fingerprint Cards’ Board of Directors in the wake of accusations of insider trading from Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority. In a statement announcing his departure, FPC said Söderfjell “leaves the Board on his own initiative.” Speaking for himself, Söderfjell stated, “Even if I believe that I am innocent, after careful consideration…

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Toshiba’s New Notebooks Feature Biometric Authentication

Toshiba’s New Notebooks Feature Biometric Authentication

“Toshiba’s new notebooks are thus part of a growing ecosystem of consumer electronics taking advantage of Windows Hello’s more sophisticated security, with Microsoft having recently announced that at the end of 2016 there were nearly 100 Windows 10 devices supporting biometric authentication.” Toshiba has announced two new notebooks that both take advantage of biometric authentication. Called…

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BioConnect and Genetec Combine Biometrics and Security Platforms

BioConnect and Genetec Combine Biometrics and Security Platforms

” Genetec’s Security Center offers video surveillance, automatic license plate recognition, access control, and IP communications applications…” Genetec and BioConnect have joined forces, with the former’s security platform integrating the latter’s biometric identity solution. It’s likely to prove a good fit. Genetec’s Security Center offers video surveillance, automatic license plate recognition, access control, and IP…

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Voice Biometrics Could Detect Heart Disease and Even PTSD

Voice Biometrics Could Detect Heart Disease and Even PTSD

Researchers are exploring how voice biometrics could offer clues into clinical conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and heart disease, reports MIT Technology Review‘s Emily Mullin. A team at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, led by psychiatry head Charles Marmar, is working on machine learning algorithm software that can detect vocal patterns related…

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Emotional Biometrics Could Secure Nukes Against Whims of Leaders

Emotional Biometrics Could Secure Nukes Against Whims of Leaders

What if the room containing nuclear launch codes could detect that the person trying to get in was out of his mind, and kept its doors locked accordingly? It’s a potential application of highly experimental biometric technology under development at the University of Iasi. Researcher Violeta Tulceanu recently published a report on these efforts in the Journal…

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Aadhaar-Based System Lets New Aircel Subscribers Register Via Selfie

Aadhaar-Based System Lets New Aircel Subscribers Register Via Selfie

Safran Identity & Security has brought biometric self-registration to new customers of Indian mobile network operator Aircel. The solution combines Safran’s GSMA Mobile Connect authentication platform with Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. Aadhaar’s citizen IDs include iris, fingerprint, and face data, with the GSMA Mobile Connect solution taking advantage of the latter to let new…

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Another Bank Embraces Diebold Nixdorf’s Biometric Self-Service Tech

Another Bank Embraces Diebold Nixdorf’s Biometric Self-Service Tech

A new bank in Pakistan, MCB Islamic Bank Limited, is going to offer customers biometric self-service with Diebold Nixdorf technology. The bank says each of its new branches across the country will feature the technology. In a statement announcing the move, MCB Islamic Bank explained that its goals include “expanding access to financial services and reaching…

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FPC Board Member, Former CEO Arrested by Economic Crime Authority

FPC Board Member, Former CEO Arrested by Economic Crime Authority

Fingerprint Cards says its “operations are not affected by these events.” A board member and a former employee of Fingerprint Cards have been taken into custody by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority over allegations of insider trading. The individuals in question are board member Lars Söderfjell and Johan Carlström, a major shareholder in FPC. Carlström stepped down as FPC’s…

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Refugees in Chad Benefit from Biometric IDs

Refugees in Chad Benefit from Biometric IDs

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is now working with government authorities in Chad to register stateless refugees in an identity program that uses biometrics to ensure such individuals have official and reliable identification. It’s an important effort in Chad, which has seen an influx of refugees from war-torn neighbour the Central African Republic.…

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Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

“… the government is looking to use biometric technology for security screening, with facial, iris, and fingerprint recognition being potential modalities.” The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is looking to move to a 90 percent automated, contactless passenger processing system for the country’s airports, and is aiming to start rolling it out this year, reports The…

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Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

“[Bio-Metrica is] going to provide handheld devices that can collect citizens’ fingerprint and facial biometrics, and its CRS is going to be used to manage that data.” Authorities in Nigeria are planning to employ biometrics in a nationwide census, and Bio-Metrica is providing the technology platform, the company has announced. The country’s National Population Commission…

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Vision-Box Cites Progress in Sint Maarten Airport Upgrade

Vision-Box Cites Progress in Sint Maarten Airport Upgrade

“The system now allows passengers to conduct their own security screening, with the system using facial recognition to match their scanned images to those on their passports.” The airport of a major Caribbean vacation destination, Sint Maarten of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is getting a biometric upgrade. Vision-Box is providing its technology and expertise…

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Cheaper Biometric Smartphones Flooding Global Market: Acuity

Cheaper Biometric Smartphones Flooding Global Market: Acuity

“…there are now at least 120 biometric smartphone models priced under $150, with the average price now only $116.” Biometric smartphones are now flooding the global mobile market and prices are way down, according to a new report from Acuity Market Intelligence. There are now 500 biometric smartphone models on the market, from 87 different…

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Biometric Upgrade Coming To iPhone 8: Report

Biometric Upgrade Coming To iPhone 8: Report

The next iPhone is going to have some sophisticated biometric technologies, according to a new report from the Cowen and Company investment firm. As Business Insider reports, the investment firm cites its own “field work” studying Apple’s supply chain in asserting that the iPhone 8 will feature “some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a…

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Iris ID to Put Focus on IrisAccess Platform at Intersec 2017

Iris ID to Put Focus on IrisAccess Platform at Intersec 2017

Iris ID is going to showcase its IrisAccess biometric authentication platform at next week’s Intersec 2017 conference, the company has announced. The company’s IrisAccess product line has been around for years, and Iris ID says its platform is now “the world’s most deployed iris recognition system being used for border control, national identification, access control…

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EyeLock Plans ‘Expanded Presence’ for This Year’s Intersec Expo

EyeLock Plans ‘Expanded Presence’ for This Year’s Intersec Expo

EyeLock LLC has ‘expanded its presence’ at this year’s Intersec 2017 conference, according to the company’s Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Anthony Antolino. In a statement announcing EyeLock’s participating in the security, safety, and fire prevention trade show, Antolino asserted that the company has seen “growing interest and increased adoption of our technology across…

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Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

The Unique Identification Authority of India is working with banks in the country to establish incentive programs to get shopkeepers in rural areas to start accepting Aadhaar-enabled payments, reports Deccan Herald. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national biometric ID system, which is expanding to more and more applications, with the vast majority of the country’s…

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DualLock Combines Biometrics and Card-Based Access Control

DualLock Combines Biometrics and Card-Based Access Control

“The solution was developed in collaboration with Digitus Biometrics, and represents a logical evolution from the BioLock biometric locking solution announced by EMKA back in 2014.” UK-based locking systems developer EMKA has announced a new solution called DualLock. The device is designed to protect IT infrastructure by securely locking equipment like server racks. To that…

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CMITech Showcases Iris Scanner at Intersec 2017

CMITech Showcases Iris Scanner at Intersec 2017

“The solution was first announced early in 2016, with CMITech rolling it out in Europe through regional distributor UMANICK.” CMITech plans to show off its most recent iris scanning solution at next week’s Intersec 2017 conference in Dubai, where the company will be occupying booth SA G37. Called the EF-45, it’s a biometric terminal featuring…

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Android Nougat Supports Samsung Pass on Galaxy S7

Android Nougat Supports Samsung Pass on Galaxy S7

Samsung started bringing the latest version of Google’s Android operating system to its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge this week. And among Android Nougat’s new features is support for a biometric identification platform. Called Samsung Pass, the system was first announced last August. It’s meant to act as a kind of digital master key for…

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NEC Bringing Biometrics, AI & 5G Tech to MWC 2017

NEC Bringing Biometrics, AI & 5G Tech to MWC 2017

“Such solutions include those in its NEC WISE artificial intelligence line, which features technologies based on facial and fingerprint recognition, among other technologies.” NEC has been hard at work on new IoT and AI solutions for businesses and governments, and will be showing them off at a couple of big events this winter. To start, NEC’s own…

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FPC to Issue Year-End Results February 2nd

FPC to Issue Year-End Results February 2nd

Fingerprint Cards has set the date for the release of its year-end report: February 2nd. The report will be presented by CEO Christian Fredrikson and CFO Johan Wilsby in a teleconference scheduled for 07.00 CET (1:00am EST). Expectations are high. In its Q3 update from the end of October, FPC reported quarterly revenues up 93 percent…

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Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has produced another wrinkle in the contentious matter of privacy rights with respect to biometrically locked mobile devices. The court recently denied an appeal from a convicted burglar who had tried to argue that a court order compelling him to unlock his phone for police via fingerprint scan had violated his Fifth…

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Suprema to Unveil ‘World’s Fastest’ Facial Recognition Tech at Intersec 2017

Suprema to Unveil ‘World’s Fastest’ Facial Recognition Tech at Intersec 2017

“Suprema says the terminal can perform 3,000 matches per second, reflecting a 300 percent increase over the speed of the original FaceStation.” Suprema plans to attend next week’s Intersec 2017 trade fair on security, safety, and fire protection, where it will unveil a major new biometric security solution – FaceStation 2. It’s a sequel to…

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InnerCore Integrates Face, Voice Authentication Via Sensory’s TrulySecure

InnerCore Integrates Face, Voice Authentication Via Sensory’s TrulySecure

Digital security firm InnerCore has integrated Sensory Inc.‘s TrulySecure technology into its solutions portfolio. That means InnerCore customers now have access to Sensory’s face- and voice-based biometric authentication for their apps. In a statement announcing the integration, Sensory CEO Todd Mozer emphasized the importance of partnerships with value added resellers like InnerCore, which offers its…

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Fujitsu’s New Lifebook Tablets Feature Palm Vein Biometrics

Fujitsu’s New Lifebook Tablets Feature Palm Vein Biometrics

Fujitsu has launched three new two-in-one tablets featuring biometric security. The devices are targeted for business settings. The Lifebook P727 and the Lifebook T937 are both lightweight, thin devices incorporating a hinge that allows the tablet screen to be rotated a full 360 degrees when attached to a keyboard. Meanwhile, the Stylistic Q737 is designed…

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New Cognitec VP to Lead Asia Pacific Efforts

New Cognitec VP to Lead Asia Pacific Efforts

Germany-based biometrics specialist Cognitec has appointed a new VP for its Asia Pacific division. Terry Hartmann will lead the company’s efforts in business development and client relations in the region. Hartmann joins the company from his most recent stint as the head of Unisys’s North American transportation business, but his most crucial experience is in…

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CPNI Accreditation Opens Government Sector Opportunities for Ievo

CPNI Accreditation Opens Government Sector Opportunities for Ievo

UK-based Ievo has received CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) accreditation for its Ievo Ultimate fingerprint reader, the company has announced. The certification means that the Ievo Ultimate is now included in CPNI’s Catalogue of Security Equipment. CPNI works with a range of government and academic bodies in the UK to provide national security…

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Synel Americas Expands SY-Face Line of Time and Attendance Tech

Synel Americas Expands SY-Face Line of Time and Attendance Tech

Arizona-based Synel Americas has launched a new biometric time and attendance tracking system based on facial recognition. Part of its SY-Face line, it’s called the SY-910, and it’s a solution that “cannot be fooled by 2-D imagery, identical twins, ever-changing facial hair, darkness, and more,” according to a statement from the company. And each terminal…

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Gemalto Wins Industry Award for ID Verification Platform

Gemalto Wins Industry Award for ID Verification Platform

Gemalto’s ID Verification solution has netted the company an ACT Canada IVIE Award in the category of Privacy by Design. Launched last spring, the ID Verification platform is aimed primary at financial institutions seeing KYC-compliant enrollment and self-service solutions. The platform can identify a wide range of ID documents in reference to a database of…

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Liveness Detection Competition Arrives at Critical Time for Iris Scanning

Liveness Detection Competition Arrives at Critical Time for Iris Scanning

“With the technology thus poised to reach a huge number of consumers, the issue of liveness detection in iris scanning is perhaps more important than ever.” A coalition of universities from around the world has once again convened to test liveness detection in iris scanning technologies, and is inviting academic and corporate organizations to take…

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LG’s Hub Robot Responds To Voices, Recognizes Faces

LG’s Hub Robot Responds To Voices, Recognizes Faces

LG bet on a robot revolution at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, where it unveiled four new robotic offerings. Two are meant for the airport. LG’s Airport Guide Robot able to scan passengers’ tickets, offer information about their flights, and even lead them to their gates; while the Airport Cleaning Robot is pretty much what…

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Biometric Security to be Key Focus of HSBC’s New Tech Advisory Board

Biometric Security to be Key Focus of HSBC’s New Tech Advisory Board

HSBC has announced a new Technology Advisory Board, and the exploration of biometric security is a key component of its mandate. The bank says that its new group will meet on a quarterly basis to offer guidance with respect to technology issues. It will focus on three key areas in particular: Disruption and the opportunities it offers;…

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Controversial Biometrics Program Catches 17-Year Fugitive

Controversial Biometrics Program Catches 17-Year Fugitive

The FBI has announced that with the help of biometric identification technology, it has arrested a fugitive who has been on the run for 17 years, reports Ars Technica. The fugitive was suspected of being the culprit in a child abduction and molestation case in Indiana back in February, 2000. At the time, the suspect…

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Bio-Metrica Launches BIS Platform

Bio-Metrica Launches BIS Platform

Florida-based Bio-Metrica has launched its Biometric Identification System (BIS). Announced last autumn, BIS is a platform designed to offer the enterprise sector a scalable, multimodal biometric identification system. It supports facial, fingerprint, vascular, and iris recognition, and can be used with devices ranging from PCs to mobile products. It’s based on the Biometric Identification Infrastructure that…

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Synaptics Sensor Gets Certification From China’s Banking Card Test Center

Synaptics Sensor Gets Certification From China’s Banking Card Test Center

Synaptics’ VFS7500S fingerprint authentication solution has become the first such device to receive full certification from China’s Banking Card Test Center (BCTC). The certification could open important paths for Synaptics in the China market. The BCTC was established by China UnionPay (CUP), the country’s major domestic bank network. In announcing the BCTC certification, Synaptics asserted…

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Saudi Arabian Bank Introduces Biometric Self-Service Terminals

Saudi Arabian Bank Introduces Biometric Self-Service Terminals

With the help of Diebold Nixdorf, Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank has introduced a self-service terminal that uses biometric technology to authenticate the individuals. The kiosks’ authentication process entails a simple fingerprint scan; once complete, individuals can have new debit cards printed, as well as check books, statements, and remittances. They can even get started opening…

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Microsoft Cites Security in Announcing Halt to Windows 7 Support

Microsoft Cites Security in Announcing Halt to Windows 7 Support

Microsoft has been trying to get users to upgrade from Windows 7 for years, and with Windows 10 now available the company appears ready to really pull the plug. As BetaNews reports, an announcement on the official German website for Microsoft says that in 2020, the company will put a permanent halt to all Windows 7…

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Kenyan Authorities Seek to Register Voters’ Biometrics Ahead of General Election

Kenyan Authorities Seek to Register Voters’ Biometrics Ahead of General Election

Authorities in Kenya are gearing up for a major biometric election. The country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has launched a month-long effort to get as many eligible voters enrolled as possible ahead of the General Election scheduled for August 8th, with incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga looking to…

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Report Points to Ascent of Behavioral Biometrics, Persistent Authentication

Report Points to Ascent of Behavioral Biometrics, Persistent Authentication

The global biometrics market has shifted from one comprised primarily of hardware-based technologies to a mobile-focused, software-driven industry, and behavioral solutions will play an increasingly important role, according to a new report from Mercator Advisory Group. The report cites Google’s efforts with Android in pointing to the rise of persistent and passive authentication systems, which…

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Zwipe Gets New Distribution Ally in North America

Zwipe Gets New Distribution Ally in North America

Zwipe has a big new ally in its distribution efforts. The fingerprint recognition specialist has announced that Identification Systems Group, a North American association of identification system sellers, has introduced Zwipe products to its network. The organization is over three decades old, over a hundred offices across the US, and more than 500 sales personnel…

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Singapore FinTech Firm Pitches Naked Payments to Hospitality Sector

Singapore FinTech Firm Pitches Naked Payments to Hospitality Sector

Singapore-based FinTech firm Touche has launched a new payments platform that lets merchants accept fingerprint scans as a payment option, reports Channel NewsAsia. The system links participating customers’ fingerprints to their credit cards, allowing them to forego use of the cards themselves after registering. It just launched in Singapore with its first customer, a restaurant…

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NEC Shows Off Evolved Facial Recognition Tech at Retail’s Big Show

NEC Shows Off Evolved Facial Recognition Tech at Retail’s Big Show

“The backbone of these facial recognition-driven solutions is NEC’s NeoFace biometric technology, which the company was also showcasing at last year’s Big Show.” The National Retail Federation’s Retail’s Big Show event is underway, and NEC Corporation of America is using the event to raise the profile of biometric technologies in the retail sector. The company…

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