Last week at FindBiometrics we examined the rise of selfie authentication in biometric FinTech as we continued our November-long featured focus on finance. The industry news, meanwhile, was filled with fingerprint innovations, biometric smart card news, border control, European biometrics initiatives and much, much more.
Here’s a look back on the top stories in identity management from the week that was:
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Financial Biometrics Month
Financial Biometrics Month continued last week with an examination of selfie-based user authentication in finance. Attendance for our upcoming Financial Biometrics Month webinar continued to fill up too, while we reported on a new partnership between Visa and BioConnect that aims to nix passwords on mobile platforms. Citibank took a step in that same direction last week, enabling Touch ID login on its mobile app, and we also learned the key to Hong Kong’s innovative outlook on FinTech.
Here’s a look at the big FinTech headlines from week two of Financial Biometrics Month 2016”
European Biometric Initiatives
France was making headlines last week with the French government coming down with an executive order to create a national biometric database. Elsewhere, the UK’s University of Kent is set to lead a team of academics from across Europe in mobile biometrics research. The FIDO Alliance made the European focused news too – the UK government included the consortium’s authentication standards in its UK National Cyber Security Strategy.
Innovations in Fingerprints
We’ll get to the usual mass of fingerprint sensors smartphone integrations in a moment, but first we ought to acknowledge some new and exciting developments in the market. Fingerprint Cards officially launched its Fingerprints Biometric Module DevKit, Suprema announced that its BioMini Combo solution is now Android-compatible, and Precise Biometrics unveiled a new partnership with Samsung. That last bit of news added a layer of industry intrigue to rumors that emerged last week speculating that Samsung is developing its own fingerprint sensor.
Fingerprint Cards announced multiple smartphone integrations last week, launching its sensors on new Motorola (Lenovo) and Xiaomi handsets. Egis announced an integration of its own too, with its sensors being used on a new wave of Samsung Galaxy phones.
Iris biometrics company Princeton Identity was named winner of this year’s Outstanding Technology Development Company Award by the New Jersey Tech Council. The eye-based modality also had us talking border control, with news that authorities in Singapore will be using iris recognition at land and sea borders.
Voice and Speech
Voiceprint biometrics company AGNITiO was acquired by Nuance Communications, we reported last week. The acquisition comes at a crucial time in the voice and speech biometrics industry, with Opus Research recently heralding the rise of natural speech as a key user interface.
Smart cards continued to be the focus of major announcements last week. Safran Identity & Security unveiled a partnership with IDEX that’s progressing towards the realization of a biometric smart card, and HID Global announced its new OSM Multitech card. In France, meanwhile, a biometric smart card trial might soon see gaming enthusiasts using the next gen authentication tech for physical access control.
NEC Corporation is bringing its facial recognition tech to conferences around the world. Last week we saw how the company is introducing its latest face biometrics technology to the international law enforcement and retail communities. Meanwhile, digital signature app Handy-Signatur was upgraded to include face-based authentication.
Business Operations and Updates
ImageWare announced that it will be issuing its Q3 2016 update later today. Safran Identity & Security’s business plans made the news too, with a new interview shedding light on how the company will be affected by its impending acquisition.
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