Last week at FindBiometrics we started to look back on our featured coverage from 2016 as practically every major modality made headlines. Behavioral, fingerprint, face, voice, and iris biometrics—the industry news was truly multimodal and spanned a wide range of applications. Take a look at the top stories in global identity management from the week that was:
Year in Review
December is here and with its arrival we begin our reflection on 2016 in biometrics and identity management. Our 14th annual Year in Review survey is now open, through which you can voice your opinions on the current state of the industry. In our featured articles section, in the meantime, we took a look back on our monthly focuses from the past year, and in doing so, we painted a picture of the past 11 months in identity technology across many vertical markets.
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The Big Acquisition News
On Friday, a major acquisition announcement was made, with Gemalto and 3M saying that the former will be purchasing the latter’s identity management business. The deal is set to close in the new year. Read more about it below:
BioCatch was a big force in the behavioral biometrics news, announcing that it now has over 40 granted and pending patents. The company’s proprietary behavioral analytics technology is part of an exciting trend in identity management technology, and also stands as a solution to new advanced malware threats, one of which we examined in our coverage last week. IBM is also invested in the behavioral modality, and we reported that the company has adapted its famous Watson AI for security purposes—a development that illustrates the converging of many emerging cybersecurity technologies.
Swisscom announced last week that its real time voice-based biometric call center authentication technology has become fully operational. In other voice biometrics news, Korea Telecom added the spoken modality to its authentication app, and VocalZoom announced its newly patented VoiceMatch-In-Sensor technology.
Fingerprint Cards announced that it ranked first in this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA program. The company also held its Capital Markets Day, where it issued its revenue guidance for 2017. Speaking of next year, SecuGen announced that in January it will be at CES in Las Vegas, showing off its own Bluetooth compatible fingerprint sensor.
Blippar added facial recognition to its augmented reality (AR) mobile app, we reported last week. The upgrade is an exciting application of face biometrics, but it is also serving as a great example of a privacy-first mobile ID paradigm in practice. Speaking of innovation in facial recognition, last week we published a story on a new system from MIT that, through its machine learning capabilities, has spontaneously mimicked the human brain.
In iris recognition news last week, we reported on an access control deployment of Princeton Identity’s biometric technology in a retirement home. In the meantime, EyeLock was tested by Novetta, a process that revealed the technology’s exceptional matching stats. Shifting our gaze to India, a smartphone featuring the iris modality was approved for Aadhaar, and the government announced a mobile payment app that leverages eye-scanning and the famous national ID database.
The Journey To Post-Password
The FIDO Alliance launched its 1.1 specifications last week, in addition to announcing its new Japan Working Group. Both pieces of news are landmarks on the road to a future without passwords, and Intel is taking steps in that direction too, integrating True Key into the Microsoft Edge browser to protect passwords with Windows Hello biometrics.
Access and Attendance
Looking to enterprise applications, we reported on a new deployment of Donseed’s time and attendance software. Meanwhile, HID Global announced a new PIV solution for logical and physical access control.
Border Control and National Security
STC Group announced a successful showing of its technology at the Defense, Security and Public Safety Technologies Fair and Forum (DSS) in Egypt. Meanwhile we got an update on Safran Identity & Security’s Changi Airport biometrics deployment, and the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity encouraged the Trump administration to aim to eliminate password-based digital security breaches by the year 2021.
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December 12, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter