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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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought our 14th Annual Year in Review to a close before kicking off Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017. Major news broke as a leading fingerprint sensor company made moves to expand into multimodality, and FinTech, border control, and government applications rounded out the headlines. Here is a look back on last…

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With With MacBook Pro Touch ID

Keeper Password Vaults Can Be Locked With With MacBook Pro Touch ID

A major password manager app has now incorporated the biometric security of the newest MacBook Pro. Keeper users can now access their password Vault using Touch ID. It’s among the first applications to take advantage of the MacBook Pro’s fingerprint scanner, a new addition to Apple’s laptop line after the company pioneered the technology on its…

SalesForce Expands 2FA Support with New Biometric App

SalesForce Expands 2FA Support with New Biometric App

SalesForce has launched a 2FA app. It’s called RHEA, and adds fingerprint recognition to the password-based security already in place. When a user goes to log in to SalesForce on a laptop or desktop, the system will send a notification to her registered mobile device prompting her to scan her finger in the RHEA app.…

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

Applied World Solutions is offering a new product that could help law enforcement officers with their fingerprint scanning activities. It’s called Minutia Advancement Paste, or MAP, and AWS says it can substantially enhance the quality of fingerprints. It does that by swelling the ridges of a given fingerprint, making them more defined; and by moistening…

INTERVIEW: Jeff Brown, Vice President Sales, SecuGen

INTERVIEW: Jeff Brown, Vice President Sales, SecuGen

  In the wake of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill spoke with Jeff Brown, Vice President Sales, SecuGen. The conversation begins with a summary of the biometrics company’s 19 year history before diving into the several new products SecuGen showcased at CES (many of which will alos…

Biometric Pill Dispenser Could Curb Substance Abuse

Biometric Pill Dispenser Could Curb Substance Abuse

MAP Health Management has teamed up with Intent Solutions to bring the latter’s biometric medication dispenser into the former’s substance abuse solutions portfolio. The device is called the TAD (for “Take As Directed“), and is designed to only dispense a given pill after a biometric scan from a registered user, using a built-in fingerprint sensor. It…

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

“Meanwhile, Tore Etholm-Idsøe is staying on with NEXT as its new Chairman of the Board.” NEXT Biometrics has a new CEO. Ritu Favre, former Biometrics Products Division GM and SVP of Synaptics, is taking the helm from Tore Etholm-Idsøe, the company has announced. In a statement announcing the appointment, NEXT Biometrics Chair Brita Eilertsen emphasized Favre’s “extensive…

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

“Public Services has consulted various industry interests prior to making the change and has piloted biometric background checks with a major contractor…” The Canadian government is enhancing its standards for contractor background checks with a new fingerprinting requirement, reports the CBC. The change is being implemented by Public Services and Procurement Canada in response to…

Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

“Biometric authentication was performed using Safran’s MorphoTablets, 30,000 of which have been supplied to Ivory Coast’s Independent Electoral Commission over the past two years.” Safran Identity & Security technology played a critical role in recent biometric votes in Ivory Coast, the company has revealed. Authorities used Safran’s technology to register the biometrics of 6.3 million…

FPC Eyes Iris Expansion with Delta ID Acquisition

FPC Eyes Iris Expansion with Delta ID Acquisition

“In a statement announcing the acquisition, FPC CEO Christian Fredrikson said it would enable the company ‘to provide multi-modal solutions to the market, combining iris recognition with our fingerprint sensors.’” Fingerprint Cards is buying iris recognition specialist Delta ID for SEK 938 million, or a little under $107 million USD. The deal represents a considerable…

New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

IDEX has contracted a US sales agent specializing in the North California and Nevada region. Paragon Technical will now help to promote the Norway-based company’s fingerprint sensor solutions in the US. In a statement announcing the partnership, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia called Paragon Technical “a sales agent with a solid industry track record and a…

Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Skatteverket, Sweden’s tax agency, has engaged Gemalto in a multi-year digital identity project. The agency will implement Gemalto’s eGov platform into its online services, and will offer Gemalto’s Premium Polycarbonate eID cards to citizens. The company’s eGov platform offers SSO and multi-factor authentication features that can incorporate one-time passwords, smart cards, and fingerprint recognition. Skatteverket…

SecuGen to Showcase Bluetooth Fingerprint Sensor at RSA 2017

SecuGen to Showcase Bluetooth Fingerprint Sensor at RSA 2017

SecuGen will show off its new UN20 Bluetooth fingerprint sensor at RSA 2017, the company has announced. The device was first announced late last year. Part of SecuGen’s Unity BDP product line, it’s a FIPS 201 PIV/FAP 20 certified fingerprint sensor based on a customizable open source operating system. The company showcased the device alongside…

Precise Biometrics Scores 17.5 Million SEK Deal

Precise Biometrics Scores 17.5 Million SEK Deal

Precise Biometrics has secured a big new licensing deal that will bring the company revenues of at least 17.5 million SEK over the next couple of years. In a statement announcing the deal, Precise Biometrics declined to name the client in question, but asserted that it’s an existing customer. The new licensing agreement replaces a…

News Roundup: The Impending Death of the Password

News Roundup: The Impending Death of the Password

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to unpack our Year in Review 2016 results—looking at the most interesting modalities and the impending death of the password—while biometric elections, innovations in mobility, and advanced security made up the bulk of the headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:…

Competition Seeks Automated N2N Fingerprint Capture

Competition Seeks Automated N2N Fingerprint Capture

A new government-led competition is launching to improve roll-based fingerprint scanning. Called the “Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge”, it’s being organized by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a branch of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. By IARPA’s standards, the current methodology for capturing N2N fingerprints – that is, the entire fingerprint,…

Zimbabwe Making Tentative Progress Toward Biometric Elections

Zimbabwe Making Tentative Progress Toward Biometric Elections

Zimbabwe isn’t going to use biometrics in the country’s 2018 election general election, but is proceeding with a biometric voter registration program, reports The Herald. The clarification comes by way of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, whose chair, Justice Rita Makarau, told The Herald that the biometric registration “is going to assist us to compile a…

CLEAR Expansion Underway with New Airport Deployments

CLEAR Expansion Underway with New Airport Deployments

CLEAR is expanding its biometric passenger screening program across America. The company has announced that its system has come to the JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, and that later this month it’s coming to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. By the end of Q1, the service will also be in place…

Year in Review 2016: Top Areas of Application Pt. 1

Year in Review 2016: Top Areas of Application Pt. 1

In December we polled 165 professionals in biometrics and identity related industries about various topics from the past year. It was part of the FindBiometrics Year in Review, the longest-running and best regarded industry retrospective of its kind. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the FindBiometrics Year in Review is your resource to start 2017…

Lars Söderfjell Leaves FPC Board After Insider Trading Accusations

Lars Söderfjell Leaves FPC Board After Insider Trading Accusations

Lars Söderfjell has left his position on Fingerprint Cards’ Board of Directors in the wake of accusations of insider trading from Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority. In a statement announcing his departure, FPC said Söderfjell “leaves the Board on his own initiative.” Speaking for himself, Söderfjell stated, “Even if I believe that I am innocent, after careful consideration…

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

“[Bio-Metrica is] going to provide handheld devices that can collect citizens’ fingerprint and facial biometrics, and its CRS is going to be used to manage that data.” Authorities in Nigeria are planning to employ biometrics in a nationwide census, and Bio-Metrica is providing the technology platform, the company has announced. The country’s National Population Commission…

INTERVIEW: Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO, BIO-key

INTERVIEW: Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO, BIO-key

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with BIO-key chairman and CEO Mike DePasquale after his company’s strong presence at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The conversation starts on the topic of BIO-key’s newly launched biometric padlocks, and the consumer-facing market in general, before moving on to the company’s major authentication service contract announced…

News Roundup: Liveness Detection, Public Perception

News Roundup: Liveness Detection, Public Perception

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…

Biometric Upgrade Coming To iPhone 8: Report

Biometric Upgrade Coming To iPhone 8: Report

The next iPhone is going to have some sophisticated biometric technologies, according to a new report from the Cowen and Company investment firm. As Business Insider reports, the investment firm cites its own “field work” studying Apple’s supply chain in asserting that the iPhone 8 will feature “some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a…

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

The Unique Identification Authority of India is working with banks in the country to establish incentive programs to get shopkeepers in rural areas to start accepting Aadhaar-enabled payments, reports Deccan Herald. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national biometric ID system, which is expanding to more and more applications, with the vast majority of the country’s…

DualLock Combines Biometrics and Card-Based Access Control

DualLock Combines Biometrics and Card-Based Access Control

“The solution was developed in collaboration with Digitus Biometrics, and represents a logical evolution from the BioLock biometric locking solution announced by EMKA back in 2014.” UK-based locking systems developer EMKA has announced a new solution called DualLock. The device is designed to protect IT infrastructure by securely locking equipment like server racks. To that…

NEC Bringing Biometrics, AI & 5G Tech to MWC 2017

NEC Bringing Biometrics, AI & 5G Tech to MWC 2017

“Such solutions include those in its NEC WISE artificial intelligence line, which features technologies based on facial and fingerprint recognition, among other technologies.” NEC has been hard at work on new IoT and AI solutions for businesses and governments, and will be showing them off at a couple of big events this winter. To start, NEC’s own…

FPC to Issue Year-End Results February 2nd

FPC to Issue Year-End Results February 2nd

Fingerprint Cards has set the date for the release of its year-end report: February 2nd. The report will be presented by CEO Christian Fredrikson and CFO Johan Wilsby in a teleconference scheduled for 07.00 CET (1:00am EST). Expectations are high. In its Q3 update from the end of October, FPC reported quarterly revenues up 93 percent…

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has produced another wrinkle in the contentious matter of privacy rights with respect to biometrically locked mobile devices. The court recently denied an appeal from a convicted burglar who had tried to argue that a court order compelling him to unlock his phone for police via fingerprint scan had violated his Fifth…

Year in Review 2016: The Priority of Liveness Detection

Year in Review 2016: The Priority of Liveness Detection

In December we polled 165 professionals in biometrics and identity related industries about various topics from the past year. It was part of the FindBiometrics Year in Review, the longest-running and best regarded industry retrospective of its kind. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the FindBiometrics Year in Review is your resource to start 2017…

CPNI Accreditation Opens Government Sector Opportunities for Ievo

CPNI Accreditation Opens Government Sector Opportunities for Ievo

UK-based Ievo has received CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) accreditation for its Ievo Ultimate fingerprint reader, the company has announced. The certification means that the Ievo Ultimate is now included in CPNI’s Catalogue of Security Equipment. CPNI works with a range of government and academic bodies in the UK to provide national security…

Synaptics Sensor Gets Certification From China’s Banking Card Test Center

Synaptics Sensor Gets Certification From China’s Banking Card Test Center

Synaptics’ VFS7500S fingerprint authentication solution has become the first such device to receive full certification from China’s Banking Card Test Center (BCTC). The certification could open important paths for Synaptics in the China market. The BCTC was established by China UnionPay (CUP), the country’s major domestic bank network. In announcing the BCTC certification, Synaptics asserted…

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