Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to examine the results of our 14th annual Year in Review survey, looking into the state of liveness detection and the public perception of biometrics. The industry news, meanwhile, spanned a wide range of modalities and applications—from fingerprints to face recognition, and financial services to enterprise ID—while we geared up for this week’s Intersec conference.
Take a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:
Year in Review
We continued to unpack the results of our Year in Review survey last week. We focused on the state of liveness detection technology and how much our respondents believe it should be a priority moving forward in biometrics. Later in the week we saw near-unanimous agreement from our respondents that public perception plays a crucial role in biometrics, and we examined some of the major ways identity management made its way into public discussions in 2016. Stay with us throughout this week as we continue to delve into our Year in Review results. Keep checking back with our Dedicated Roundup so you don’t miss a thing.
Intersec 2017 is taking place this week in Dubai, and last week we reported on some of the biometrics solutions that will be showcased and announced at the expo. Suprema is set to unveil its FaceStation 2 solution, while a number of vendors are planning to show off their iris recognition technology. Iris ID will be demonstrating its IrisAccess technology, while CMITech will be showcasing its EF-45 biometrics terminal which boasts an exceptionally accessible user interface. EyeLock will be at the conference too, having expanded its presence this year, according to an announcement from the company.
Last week, Fingerprint Cards announced the date it will release its year-end report. Synaptics announced that its fingerprint sensor received full certification from China’s Banking Card Test Center, and Ievo’s Ultimate fingerprint reader received accreditation from the UK’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. Meanwhile, Zwipe made the headlines with news that it has a new distributor in North America: Identification Systems Group.
NEC Corporation was at Retail’s Big Show last week showing off its facial recognition technology. The company is proving to be very active in the event circuit this winter, having already announced its lineup for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Cognitec was in the news last week too, announcing the appointment of a new VP for its Asia Pacific division.
Facial recognition made multimodal news last week too, with InnerCore integrating Sensory’s TrulySecure authentication platform which features face and voice biometrics. The contactless combo of face and voice recognition was also part of the conversation still buzzing around this year’s CES, at which LG demonstrated its biometrics-enabled robots.
A new report was stoking iPhone 8 speculations last week, specifically regarding that handset’s potentially advanced biometric capabilities. Meanwhile, Android Nougat started to rollout to Samsung Galaxy S7 devices, bringing with it support for the Samsung Pass biometric identification platform.
The financial biometrics news was varied last week, with stories on how the Indian government is incentivising banks to enable Aadhaar-based payments for customers. Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, Al Rajhi Bank introduced a biometric self-service terminal that features fingerprint recognition. A new payments platform in Singapore aims to let customers pay with nothing but their fingerprints, too, and HSBC announced a new tech advisory board, which counts biometrics among its areas of focus.
Controversy and Biometric Law Enforcement
Biometric law enforcement brought controversy into the dialogue last week, with the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that compelling a suspect to unlock a fingerprint-protected smartphone does not violate their Fifth Amendment rights. Controversy has surrounded the FBI’s FACE program since its discovery by the public last year, but last week it started to bear fruit, aiding in the apprehension of a fugitive who’s been on the loose for 17 years.
In enterprise-focused news last week we saw Synel Americas expand its line of facial recognition-based time and attendance tech, as Bio-Metrica launched its scalable and multimodal Biometric Identification System (BIS). In the meantime, EMKA launched its DualLock card-based physical access solution, which features fingerprint authentication courtesy of Digitus Biometrics.
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January 23, 2017 – by Peter B. Counter