Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Financial Biometrics Month with a primer designed to get you up to speed on all the most recent happenings in the identity and commerce space, including the recent Money20/20 conference. In the industry news, fingerprints and mobility proved to be prolific as usual, elections tech made its share of headlines and BIO-key International was the focus of some exciting reports.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories:
Financial Tech and Biometrics
November is Financial Biometrics Month and as a start we posted a primer focused on the topic of strong authentication in commerce. The financial vertical is one of the most active spaces in biometrics, so in addition to our featured content, the news was filled with headlines on the topic. Money20/20 continued to be a fixture despite having concluded the week prior, British Banks warned Apple Pay users to not store other people’s fingerprints on their iPhones, we learned that biometrics are paying off for MasterCard in the company’s Q3 report and saw iWallet seeking to upgrade its patent portfolio.
Here are the top stories in biometrics and finance from last week:
The Q3 reports are in from Precise Biometrics and Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), and as you’d expect they are glowing. NEXT Biometrics was in the news too with the announcement of its involvement with the upcoming CARTES 2015 conference and we reported on a new appointment ro Integrated Biometrics’ leadership.
BIO-key International was in the news last week with some major announcements. First came news that the fingerprint biometrics company secured $8.4 million in a new investment deal, and then we reported on its role as the exclusive biometric solutions partner of Microsoft in an upcoming 12 city promotional event for Windows 10 and Office 360.
Catch up with BIO-key’s big week with the links bellow.
The facial recognition news last week was all over the world map. Controversy continued to spring up around the modality in Australia while news from the United Arab Emirates had us talking about police squad cars that can scan pedestrian faces. Facial recognition company Aurora, meanwhile, announced that it has received impressive third party evaluation for its infrared biometrics technology.
The Election in the Philippines
October 31 was the biometric voter enrollment deadline in the Philippines, and while the nation’s commission on elections almost got everyone into their database, some eligible citizens didn’t scan their fingers in time.
Here’s how the Philippines is dealing with its efforts to biometrically register all elegible voters in time for its 2016 federal election:
Last week the FIDO Alliance announced that it now has 72 Certified products on the market, now including iOS authentication tech. Meanwhile, the IEEE was making strides in eHealth standards with the announcement of its latest specification, the Biometrics Open Protocol Standard.
In mobile device news last week we saw a new phone with Eyeprint ID, a Kickstarter for a handset that can scan your earprint, and a new handheld device from Corvus that features multimodal identification. Taking mobility to the streets, we reported on a new seat belt for smart cars that can monitor vital signs and also authenticate drivers via cardiac signatures.
Law Enforcement, Defense, Border Control
According to a new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, police in California are increasingly turning to biometric solutions. The Department of Defense renewed its contract with MorphoTrust to continue using its Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), and Daon received a border control deployment in Dublin. Here’s how biometrics and government agencies have been working together to keep things safe:
Last week at FindBiometrics we featured two interviews. First we spoke to Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO of MorphoTrak (Safran), as well as Steve Vinsik, the company’s Vice President & General Manager of Criminal Justice and Public Security. Later in the week we caught up with Peter Went, CEO of WCC Smart Search and Match on the role biographics are playing in modern day identity management.
Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the week as we continue to bring you the best in identity management news. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing.
November 9, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter