biometrics

Can Biometrics Protect Connected Cars From Digital Theft?

Can Biometrics Protect Connected Cars From Digital Theft?

A team of Kaspersky researchers have found serious vulnerabilities in mobie apps for connected cars that could let hackers track and unlock vehicles, according to a new article from Wired. The report indicates the growing need for more sophisticated digital identity security such as biometric authentication as connected cars continue to get smarter. The researchers investigated nine…

Global Biometrics Market to Reach $59.3B by 2025: Grand View Research

Global Biometrics Market to Reach $59.3B by 2025: Grand View Research

The global biometrics market will reach a value of $59.31 billion by the year 2025, according to a new report from Grand View Research. The prediction anticipates a period a substantial growth from Grand View’s estimated $10.41 billion valuation of the market in 2015. Grand View says the growth will be driven primarily by consumer electronics,…

You Can Finally Track Lemurs With Facial Recognition

You Can Finally Track Lemurs With Facial Recognition

Researchers are hoping that facial recognition could be used to help study lemurs and ultimately assist in conservation efforts for the endangered animals, reports MSU Today. It turns out that the same principles of biometric identification used to identify humans can also be applied to lemurs – and now they have. Renowned biometrics expert Anil…

NextGate to Upgrade NHS Scotland Patient ID System

NextGate to Upgrade NHS Scotland Patient ID System

NextGate has won a contract with NHS National Services Scotland to upgrade the national healthcare service’s patient identity management system. The company will upgrade NHS Scotland’s Community Health Index to its MatchMetrix EMPI (Enterprise Master Patient Index) platform, which will take over the issuance of healthcare ID numbers for Scottish citizens. The platform will support…

IDEX Completes Development of ASIC for Off-Chip Sensors

IDEX Completes Development of ASIC for Off-Chip Sensors

IDEX has completed the development stage for its new ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) for off-chip fingerprint sensors, the company has announced. In a statement, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia called the ASIC’s development “a significant strategic milestone” for the company. Mardia said the ASIC offers “the smallest footprint of any chip we have ever introduced,” and…

Fujitsu Announces New Mobile Biometric Authentication Platform For IoT ID

Fujitsu Announces New Mobile Biometric Authentication Platform For IoT ID

Fujitsu has developed a new authentication platform for the IoT that would verify users’ identities through the biometric scanning features of their smartphones. The system takes an on-device approach to biometric data, adhering to FIDO Alliance standards. When a user needs to access an IoT device or service, she needs only to perform a biometric…

EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

The European Union is funding cutting-edge biometric screening projects that could reduce friction and wait times at the border while enhancing security, reports Horizon. One is MOBILEPASS, a project headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology, which has developed a handheld device that can scan faces and fingerprints using a built-in camera, comparing data obtained…

‘Largest Gathering’ of Healthcare Partners Presents Opportunity for BIO-key

‘Largest Gathering’ of Healthcare Partners Presents Opportunity for BIO-key

Amid growing industry interest, BIO-key is offering its biometric solutions to healthcare organizations through numerous partners attending the upcoming HIMSS conference, the company has announced. Those partners include Allscripts, Aventura, Caradigm, Epic, HealthCast Solutions, HID Global, IBM, KSI Keyboards, Microsoft, and Oracle – all comprising “the single largest gathering of our healthcare partners and customers,”…

Redmi Note 4X Features Precise Biometrics Algorithm Software

Redmi Note 4X Features Precise Biometrics Algorithm Software

Precise Biometrics‘ algorithm software has been integrated into the Redmi Note 4X, a new smartphone from Xiaomi. The device is a sequel to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4, which also made use of Precise Biometrics’ Precise BioMatch Mobile fingerprint algorithm software. Indeed, Xiaomi is a longtime integrator of Precise Biometrics software, with multiple other devices having integrated…

Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017: Biometrics Fighting Health Fraud

Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017: Biometrics Fighting Health Fraud

Biometrics in healthcare are on the rise according to the most recent market forecasts. According to Grand View Research, a surge in demand for biometric identity management solutions for healthcare has emerged from an increase in medical identity theft. The increased digitization of healthcare that has resulted from the needs of the Affordable Care Act…

FPC Sensor Used in Another Redmi Device

FPC Sensor Used in Another Redmi Device

Fingerprint Cards technology is helping to enable the biometric capabilities of another new Redmi device from Xiaomi. The company has announced that its FPC1035 sensor is being used in the new Redmi Note 4X. News of the integration arrives not long after that of a previous pair of Redmi devices – the Redmi 4 and…

Unisys Announces Multi-Channel Banking Platform

Unisys Announces Multi-Channel Banking Platform

Unisys has announced a new digital banking platform meant to facilitate a broad range of services via mobile device or desktop, and featuring biometric security. Called Elevate, the platform is targeted at financial institutions seeking to offer cutting-edge digital and mobile banking technology to their customers, enabling everything from paying bills to applying for mortgages. The solution…

Vision-Box Celebrates French Rail Station Deployment of Biometric eGates

Vision-Box Celebrates French Rail Station Deployment of Biometric eGates

Vision-Box is celebrating the success of its first deployment of biometric automated eGate technology with a private transportation service. The project was implemented in France’s St. Pancras International rail station in collaboration with the Eurostar transportation company, and with the cooperation of the French Ministry of Interior and border police. The eGates are meant to…

IDEX Partners with China Distributor Comtech

IDEX Partners with China Distributor Comtech

Norway-based fingerprint sensor developer IDEX has secured a new distributor for China: Comtech has signed on and already placed its initial orders for the company’s sensors. In a statement announcing the new partnership, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia asserted that “[t]he Chinese market for fingerprint sensors is large and growing,” and said the agreement “ensures that we…

MIT Researchers Advance Low-Power Speech Recognition

MIT Researchers Advance Low-Power Speech Recognition

A team of MIT researchers have developed a speech recognition chip that they claim uses only 0.2 to 10 milliwatts of power for every full watt that a standard phone-based speech recognition system would use, reports MIT News. The technology is based on a neural network structure that only activates more complex sections of processing…

Precise Biometrics Paints Picture of Challenging Market in Q4 Update

Precise Biometrics Paints Picture of Challenging Market in Q4 Update

Precise Biometrics has announced its Q4 and year-end results for 2016, painting a picture of a company charging through a challenging market. For the quarter, Precise Biometrics saw consolidated net sales of SEK 25.7 million and an after-tax profit of SEK 2.7 million. For the full year, consolidated net sales reached SEK 97.2 million –…

Nuance-BioCatch Partnership Reflects Rise of Behavioral Biometrics

Nuance-BioCatch Partnership Reflects Rise of Behavioral Biometrics

“Nuance says the solution has already helped one major UK bank reduce account takeover by 59 percent within 30 days of its implementation…” Nuance is integrating BioCatch‘s behavioral biometrics technology into its platform, the companies have announced. The aim is to boost the fraud detection capability of the Nuance Security Suite, which is primarily based…

STC Group Announces Upgraded VoiceKey Solutions

STC Group Announces Upgraded VoiceKey Solutions

STC Group has announced a new version of its VoiceKey platform (stylized “VoiceKey.PLATFORM”) featuring upgraded VoiceKey.AGENT and VoiceKey.FRAUD components. Designed for call center deployments, VoiceKey.AGENT uses voice recognition to authenticate callers. VoiceKey.FRAUD complements this feature by enabling “search and identification of fraudsters” during calls and with recordings, according to a statement announcing the upgraded platform.…

IMID Integrated Into Symmetry Access Control Platform

IMID Integrated Into Symmetry Access Control Platform

FST Biometrics‘ IMID biometric identification system has been integrated into AMAG’s Symmetry access control platform. The move could significantly extend the market presence of IMID, which uses a combination of facial recognition and behavioral biometrics to automatically identify subjects. In a statement announcing the integration, FST asserted that AMAG’s Symmetry solution is FICAM, FIPS-201, and…

Crossmatch DigitalPersona Composite Authentication is Now Citrix-Ready

Crossmatch DigitalPersona Composite Authentication is Now Citrix-Ready

“Crossmatch first announced its DigitalPersona Composite Authentication platform last autumn, calling it an IT security platform that ‘offers the optimal mix of factors which enable risk-based policies that adapt to today’s dynamic threat environment.’” Crossmatch‘s DigitalPersona Composite Authentication platform is now certified for Citrix compatibility, the company has announced. The Citrix-Ready certification opens the platform…

Applied Recognition Opens Ver-ID to Mobile Developers

Applied Recognition Opens Ver-ID to Mobile Developers

Toronto-based Applied Recognition is enabling its Ver-ID biometric credential verification solution for iOS and Android applications. The company has announced that it is now supporting Apache’s Cordova and Adobe’s PhoneGap, popular mobile development platforms. The supports means that developers can add Ver-ID support to their apps “by adding just a few lines of code,” according to a…

MePIN Platform Gets Facial Recognition

MePIN Platform Gets Facial Recognition

MePIN/Meontrust Inc. has brought additional biometric security technology to its eponymous authentication platform. While MePIN already facilitated biometric authentication via mobile fingerprint scanning, it now offers facial recognition for added security. One iteration of this feature, dubbed User Recognition, uses facial biometrics to ensure that a preregistered user is the person authorizing a payment; the other,…

Veridium Launches Multimodal Enterprise Solution Designed For Microsoft Active Directory

Veridium Launches Multimodal Enterprise Solution Designed For Microsoft Active Directory

Veridium has taken the opportunity of this week’s RSA Conference to launch a new authentication solution for the enterprise. Called VeridiumAD, the platform is designed for deployment in Microsoft Active Directory environments. Like VeridiumID, the company’s flagship biometric authentication platform, the new solution supports multiple biometric modalities. But it’s also meant for easy integration with…

FPC Aims to Meet Old and New Friends at MWC

FPC Aims to Meet Old and New Friends at MWC

Fingerprint Cards has announced that for the fourth year in a row, it will participate in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference and exhibition. FPC will be in the Fira Gran Via hall, and will highlight its solutions from booth 1B42. Among those solutions will be “market leading smartphone products, the latest smartcard trends and…

Georgia FinTech Award Recognizes Palm Vein Scanning Solution

Georgia FinTech Award Recognizes Palm Vein Scanning Solution

“The system uses Fujitsu’s palm vein scanning technology to identify vascular patterns in a given subject and is based on near-infrared light, allowing for a secure and non-intrusive means of biometric authentication.” Fiserv, a FinTech specialist, has won the inaugural Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) FinTech ADVANCE Award. The award was bestowed to the company…

Worldcore Adds BioID Facial Recognition to Platform

Worldcore Adds BioID Facial Recognition to Platform

“It isn’t the first time Worldcore has turned to biometrics for customer authentication, with the company’s platform having employed voice recognition from the outset.” Digital banking solutions provider Worldcore has integrated facial biometrics security into its platform. Called FaceKey, the system allows users to authenticate for online services via facial recognition. The technology comes by way…

INTERVIEW: Frances Zelazny, Vice President of Marketing, BioCatch

INTERVIEW: Frances Zelazny, Vice President of Marketing, BioCatch

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Frances Zelazny, Vice President of Marketing, BioCatch. The conversation starts with a look at research suggesting that behavioral biometrics are on the verge of becoming a mainstream modality and then takes a look at the most interesting of BioCatch’s many key patents. The interview then delves into the…

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

Last week at FindBiometrics Healthcare Biometrics Month continued as we took a look at how strong authentication and identity management can be applied outside of the realm of patient ID. The industry news, meanwhile, was filled with border control, FinTech, and automotive biometrics, while India’s government made moves to address Aadhaar fraud. Here is a look…

ING Direct and Macquarie Embrace Apple Pay in Australia

ING Direct and Macquarie Embrace Apple Pay in Australia

ING Direct and Macquarie are embracing Apple Pay in Australia, with the financial services organizations joining ANZ Bank in supporting the digital payment platform while the country’s major banks continue to resist its emergence. The firms evidently see an opportunity to get a competitive edge in the Australian market. As Reuters reports, each organization holds only…

Technavio Predicts Substantial Growth for Automotive Biometrics Market

Technavio Predicts Substantial Growth for Automotive Biometrics Market

The biometric automotive market is will grow at a CAGR of over 19 percent between this year and 2021, according to a new report from Technavio. The market research firm highlights three major drivers of the growth: Growing demand in the BRIC countries, the security vulnerabilities of traditional key-based vehicle entry, and evolving government regulations…

Indian Authorities Tie Aadhaar to Food Rations

Indian Authorities Tie Aadhaar to Food Rations

Government authorities in India have now tied access to subsidized grain rations to enrollment in Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. The directive was issued by the Department of Food and Consumer Affairs this week and applies across the country, with the exception of Assam, Jammu, Kashmir, and Meghalaya. Individuals seeking to access the…

HID Global Announces M-Series Sensor Upgrades

HID Global Announces M-Series Sensor Upgrades

HID Global has announced improvements to its Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint recognition sensors. The M31x streaming solutions now offer stronger 1:N and 1:1 fingerprint matching on USB hosts, via Lumidigm SDK 6.1. Meanwhile, the M32x devices for embedded applications, offering on-device biometric matching, now have a twice as powerful 1:N search capability, and support for ANSI…

Precise Biometrics Finalizes NexID Acquisition

Precise Biometrics Finalizes NexID Acquisition

Precise Biometrics has finalized its acquisition of NexID Biometrics, the company has announced. The deal was first unveiled in December, with Precise Biometrics announcing that it would acquire the liveness detection specialist for 32 million SEK. Only three full-time employees from NexID will join Precise Biometrics as a result of the acquisition, but much of…

Zwipe Raises $4.3 Million with Private Placement

Zwipe Raises $4.3 Million with Private Placement

Norway-based fingerprint biometrics specialist Zwipe has raised NOK 36.5 million, or roughly $4.3 million USD, from a new private placement. The company says the new shares went to both existing and new investors, including former Fingerprint Cards CEO Jörgen Lantto, who joined Zwipe’s Board of Directors last November. In a statement announcing the new capital, Zwipe…

SonicWall Firewall Platform Leverages Mobile Biometrics

SonicWall Firewall Platform Leverages Mobile Biometrics

SonicWall has announced its latest email security platform, along with a preview of the newest version of its SonicOS firewall architecture, and the latter will feature support for biometric security. Available in beta form, SonicOS 6.2.7 enables biometric authentication through mobile devices fingerprint scan. Together with other security features like DPI-SSH encrypted attack detection, extended…

Aurionpro Seeks to Transform ATM Concept with Biometrics, Enhanced Capabilities

Aurionpro Seeks to Transform ATM Concept with Biometrics, Enhanced Capabilities

Aurionpro, a banking digitization specialist, has launched a new product – the Virtual Teller Machine. If that sounds like another name for the Automated Teller Machines – or ATMs – that are now so widespread, the key difference lies in the breadth of the VTM’s capabilities. Because it makes use of multimodal biometric identification, Aurionpro…

China to Begin Fingerprinting Visitors This Week

China to Begin Fingerprinting Visitors This Week

The Chinese government has announced that it will begin fingerprint foreign visitors this Friday. Diplomats and individuals visiting from countries with which China has special travel agreements will be exempt from the new requirement, which will otherwise apply to everyone between the ages of 14 and 70. The border screening effort will begin in Shenzhen…

Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017: Applications Outside of EHR

Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017: Applications Outside of EHR

February is Healthcare Month at FindBiometrics. Last week we started our focused coverage with a primer on this month-long topic, and it became clear that the most visible area of application for biometrics in the health space is patient ID and electronic health records. But biometrics do have uses beyond properly managing patients, cutting down…

Vision-Box Confirms ‘Long-Term’ Schiphol Airport Partnership

Vision-Box Confirms ‘Long-Term’ Schiphol Airport Partnership

Vision-Box has confirmed that it is the biometric technology partner for Schiphol airport’s new biometric passenger screening initiative, and it’s buckling in for the long haul. The project was announced this week, with authorities at the Dutch airport revealing that they would trial a biometric passenger screening option in collaboration with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.…

Biometrics On Track for Automotive Sector: Delta ID

Biometrics On Track for Automotive Sector: Delta ID

Iris scanning specialist Delta ID is heralding the rise of automotive biometrics. In a guest post on VentureBeat, the company’s CEO, Dr. Salil Prabhakar, argues that, with biometric technology having become mainstream on mobile devices, it’s now “coming to a connected car near you.” Prabhakar points out that biometric technology is uniquely capable in offering…

Aware Year-End Results Show ‘Strong Financial Performance’

Aware Year-End Results Show ‘Strong Financial Performance’

“In explaining the strong revenue and income performance for 2016, Aware credited major biometric licensing sales to the US Marine Corps, the Navy, and a government integrator.” Aware, Inc. has announced its Q4 and year-end results for 2016. Compared to Q4 of 2015, revenues were down, from $6.9 million to $3.9 million. Operating income also…

Amsterdam Airport Pilots Biometric Passenger Screening

Amsterdam Airport Pilots Biometric Passenger Screening

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is testing out biometric passenger screening in collaboration with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Airport authorities have set up a separate boarding gate through which passengers can pass without having to show their passports or boarding passes, instead undergoing a biometric scan using facial recognition. Interested passengers can volunteer to register their biometrics…

Biometric Identification System Pays Dividends for Welfare Agency

Biometric Identification System Pays Dividends for Welfare Agency

A biometric identification system is paying big dividends for Ireland’s Department of Social Protection. As The Irish Times reports, the department says the technology has saved it €461,470 in welfare fraud costs. The system was introduced in early 2015, and uses facial recognition to ensure that individuals aren’t collecting additional social protection benefits under false identities.…

Indian Authorities Warn Public of Aadhaar Fraud

Indian Authorities Warn Public of Aadhaar Fraud

The Indian government continues its battle against fraudsters seeking to take advantage of the country’s now ubiquitous national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, with a new statement cautioning citizens not to purchase plastic or laminated versions of Aadhaar cards. In a statement, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is warning that certain “unscrupulous entities” are…

NEXT Gets Capital Influx Along with New CEO

NEXT Gets Capital Influx Along with New CEO

Norway-based NEXT Biometrics is seeing an influx of cash from a big new order and a private placement. As Reuters reports, the order is valued at $100,000, and is for a new, unnamed client. NEXT says the order is from a “NEXT-enabled” market sector, referring to areas in which its low-cost fingerprint sensors offer a particularly…

Jumio Introduces Netverify Document Verification Feature

Jumio Introduces Netverify Document Verification Feature

Jumio has expanded its biometric Know Your Customer platform with a new document-reading capability. The new Netverify Document Verification feature allows users to scan documents like bank statements and utility bills, and Jumio says it can even work with folded and crumpled documents. The new capability complements a biometric authentication feature introduced to the Netverify…

APC, ABC eGate Tech to Bring Revenues of $1B+ by 2020: Acuity

APC, ABC eGate Tech to Bring Revenues of $1B+ by 2020: Acuity

“Acuity predicts that growth [in the APC Kiosk market] will once again pick up steam over the next couple of years as the technology expands in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.” “As the Trump administration doubles down on immigration restrictions and promises of ‘extreme vetting,’ the reality is that biometrics are used…

UK Rail Consortium Moves Toward Biometric Ticketing

UK Rail Consortium Moves Toward Biometric Ticketing

Rail Delivery Group, a consortium of train operators in the UK, is looking ahead with a newly announced ‘blueprint for the age of the digital train’ that will set the track for biometric ticketing. The effort will proceed in stages, with the first step being the implementation of Bluetooth-infused mobile tickets. The consortium plans to…

Pacific Palisades Private Club Embraces IMID Access Control

Pacific Palisades Private Club Embraces IMID Access Control

FST Biometrics‘ In Motion Identification (IMID) access control system has been deployed at Bel-Air Bay Club, a private beach club in California’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The IMID system—which automatically identifies individuals based on an innovative combination of facial recognition and behavioral biometrics, including gait recognition—has been integrated with the Bel-Air Bay Club’s own membership management system,…

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