Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off our 13th annual Year in Review while mobility and innovation were at the front of the headlines. Government applications makes up a good portion of the news too, and we featured an interview with Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst.
Here is a look back on the top stories in global identity management from last week:
The 13th Annual Year in Review
The results are in from our 13th annual biometrics industry year in review survey and to kick things off last week we saw what you, our readers, picked as the most interesting area of application in 2015. This year has been another milestone for the biometrics industry, and last week we got a CEO perspective on the matter, with FaceFirst CEO Joe Rosenkrantz’s FindBiometrics interview on why 2015 has been exceptional for his company.
There are only three more weeks left in the year but still we’re seeing new fingerprint sensor integrations in smartphones. Once again, at the center of this news was Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics, each finding their tech on a number of handsets. Beyond the tips of our digits, we also reported on EyeVerify last week, whose eye vein scanning mobile technology has been tested and positively reviewed by curious users.
The GSMA announced a large number of new CEO keynote speakers for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Before that event happens in the Winter though, BIO-key International will have presented at the Imperial Capital Conference, which takes place this week in New York. A number of US security agencies in the mean time, are taking a different approach to their event calendar, slated to discus biometric technology at an upcoming informal summit.
In fingerprint related news outside of smartphone integration, Sonavation launched SonicTouch, a new ultrasonic sensor. Goodix, meanwhile, made it known that it is anticipating growth in its fingerprint and touchscreen business.
In financial tech news last week we reported on new research from Goode Intelligence, forecasting that by the year 2020 over 1.1 billion customers will be using mobile biometrics. We also reported on new developments in Apple Pay’s endeavoring to gain store card support for its mobile wallet.
Border Control and National ID
SIBA has called for biometric security measures following the November terrorist attacks in Paris. Following in the wake of that suggestion, the US government has tightened the security surrounding its visa waiver program. Internationally, we continued to see controversy around the upcoming Philippines biometric election, with the country’s supreme court putting a stop to Comelec’s disenfranchisement of unenrolled voters. In India, meanwhile, the navy has instituted biometric identification for fishermen, and in Macau, authorities have begun preparations to implement facial recognition at border crossings.
Morpho (Safran) had us talking biometric law enforcement last week with its latest handheld device that’s perfect for field work deployments and a contract to supply a custom AFIS to the police in Zambia.
Access and Attendance
ZKAccess made headlines last week thanks to its new partnership with Delta Turnstiles and the announcement of a new access security system that can trigger custom lockdowns. In Texas, meanwhile, we saw a school district upgrade its biometric attendance system with cloud technology from Kronos.
Innovation and Upgrades
There was a lot of forward momentum last week in terms of identity innovation. Synaptics and Nok Nok Labs partnered with the aim of streamlining the FIDO certification process, ImageWare announced that it will soon have approval for its 11th patent, and Michigan State University licensed its new facial recognition tech to NEC Corporation of America. Neurotechnology upgraded its surveillance tech while branding it with a new name, and we also heard news of a new microcontroller that could have epic implications for the future of biometrics.
Exceptional Business Operations
Business operations continued into December with BIO-key announcing new appointments to its board of directors. In the meantime we reported on Anviz Global’s brand new South African division.
In healthcare news last week we looked to Chicago, where Crossmatch’s biometric livescan technology has improved the employee screening process. We also saw a new device in the industry news, Olea’s OS-3008, which can contactlessly measure vital biometrics including cardiac and respiratory signals.
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December 7, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter