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Cybersecurity Reports Lays Out Recommendations for Trump Administration

Cybersecurity Reports Lays Out Recommendations for Trump Administration

The Trump administration should aim to eliminate password-based digital security breaches by the year 2021, according to a new report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Established by the White House in February of this year, the committee has issued this and other recommendations in its new Report on Securing and Growing the…

NEXT Biometrics Wins Government Smart Card Order

NEXT Biometrics Wins Government Smart Card Order

“It’s a considerable win for NEXT Biometrics given the increasing competition in the smart card sector from other fingerprint sensor makers.” NEXT Biometrics has received a major order for fingerprint sensors for smart cards to be used in a government application, the company has announced. The order is for 250,000 sensors, and while the client…

News Roundup: European Biometric Initiatives

News Roundup: European Biometric Initiatives

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…

BioMini Combo Fingerprint Scanner Becomes Android-Compatible

BioMini Combo Fingerprint Scanner Becomes Android-Compatible

Suprema has announced Android compatibility for its BioMini Combo fingerprint scanner. The BioMini Combo is a FAP20 certified fingerprint scanner with RFID compatibility, allowing for two-factor authentication via fingerprint biometrics and NFC-capable smart cards. Like the recently announced BioMini Slim S, it’s also designed to function in outdoor deployments, even under direct sunlight. That portability…

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

The French government has introduced a new executive order mandating the creation of a national biometric ID database, reports Ars Technica UK. The system will contain standard biographic information of French citizens as well as the biometric data contained on citizens’ passports and identity cards, though it won’t contain the biometric data of children under…

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

The UK government is deepening its commitment to the FIDO Alliance’s authentication standards. It has just laid out its UK National Cyber Security Strategy in an 84-page document, and adherence to FIDO is an important component, observes the FIDO Alliance’s Brett McDowell in a new post on the Alliance’s website. As McDowell notes, the UK…

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to registration in the nation’s biometric ID program, Aadhaar. Earlier this month, the UIDAI launched a campaign to register any last voters in 22 states in which Aadhaar registration has already reached virtually 100 percent. Any…

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently interviewed Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst. The conversation begins with a brief recap of the company’s origins and ambitions before reviewing the company’s powerful facial recognition solutions, the markets they serve, and how innovations in mobility have affected the evolution of the FaceFirst system. Because privacy is at the forefront of face…

INTERVIEW: Roberto Wolfer, CEO, JENETRIC

INTERVIEW: Roberto Wolfer, CEO, JENETRIC

One of the big showstopping events of this year’s recent Global Identity Summit was the Bratwurst, Beer and Biometrics party hosted by Germany-based JENETRIC. The festivities served as a stage for the company to launch its latest biometric technology, the LIVETOUCH quattro Compact mobile tenprint reader (pictured right). FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had the…

Pakistan Welfare Program to Link Payments to Biometrics

Pakistan Welfare Program to Link Payments to Biometrics

A major social welfare program in Pakistan is shifting to biometric payments for its subsidies. The board of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) decided this week that it will shift all modes of payments to a concept based on biometric authentication in a project starting immediately. The Express Tribune cites an unnamed BISP official as…

Hoyos Labs Rebrands as Veridium, Launches New Authentication Platform

Hoyos Labs Rebrands as Veridium, Launches New Authentication Platform

“Veridium says its solution is based on an open standard allowing for iterative upgrades…” Hoyos Labs has rebranded as Veridium and launched a new biometric authentication platform called VeridiumID. The multimodal platform is aimed at the enterprise market, and enables the authentication of individuals via facial, voice, and fingerprint biometrics. Veridium says its solution is…

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

The Indian government is inviting the world’s mutlinational tech giants to work with it on incorporating its national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, into their devices and services. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, convened a meeting to discuss the idea a few weeks ago, inviting leaders from companies like Apple, Google,…

Cameroon Government to Collect Taxpayer Biometrics

Cameroon Government to Collect Taxpayer Biometrics

Government officials in Cameroon are preparing to register the biometrics of taxpayers. As Business in Cameroon reports, the Inland Revenue Administration will begin the process next week, on September 12th. In the beginning, officials will collect the biometric data only from taxpayers categorized under the medium and large enterprise sections of the country’s tax code,…

Safran Offers More Details on Nepal ID Project

Safran Offers More Details on Nepal ID Project

Safran is offering some new details about its work with the government of Nepal on a national identity project. The collaboration first came to light earlier this summer, when Safran Identity & Security was awarded a $4.9 million contract pertaining to the government’s ID program. Safran has now officially confirmed that it’s actively working with the…

Biometric System to Fight Driver ID Fraud in Saskatchewan

Biometric System to Fight Driver ID Fraud in Saskatchewan

The provincial government of Saskatchewan, Canada, is getting ready to take advantage of biometric technology to help fight identity fraud. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has announced that it will use facial recognition to help prevent the production of duplicate and fraudulent driver licenses. For the province’s drivers, the measure won’t be noticeable; it’s work is…

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 31 Percent CAGR Between 2016-2021: Report

India’s Biometrics Market to Grow at 31 Percent CAGR Between 2016-2021: Report

India’s biometrics market will be worth more than three billion dollars by the year 2021, according to a new report from TechSci Research. Entitled “India Biometrics Market By Type, By End Use Sector, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2016-2021”, the report says this growth reflects a CAGR of about 31 percent during the forecast period. Aadhaar is,…

US Intelligence R&D Agency Seeks Anti-Spoofing Solutions

US Intelligence R&D Agency Seeks Anti-Spoofing Solutions

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a research arm of America’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is starting up a counter-spoofing program, reports Nextgov. Called Thor, the program’s aim is to find ways to prevent individuals from disguising their biometric data. IARPA’s concern is with deceptions such as individuals’ use of prosthetics to…

Vision-Box Promotes Border Control Solutions at Government Conference

Vision-Box Promotes Border Control Solutions at Government Conference

Vision-Box recently found a major promotional opportunity for its biometric border control solutions. The company sponsored a conference on the theme of “Europe and the refugees – risks and opportunities” at this year’s SEF/SCIF Annual Congress, a meeting of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) and its union. Vision-Box has been a key partner…

MorphoTrust Receives Government Honor for Collaborative Efforts

MorphoTrust Receives Government Honor for Collaborative Efforts

MorphoTrust USA is receiving a major government honor for its collaborative efforts in protecting sensitive information and programs. Established in 1966 by the Defense Security Service (DSS), the annual James S. Cogswell Award is given to less than one percent of the more than 13,000 official government contractors, and MorphoTrust will receive it at a…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

June is Border Control & National ID Month 2016 at FindBiometrics. All month we will be examining the ins-and-outs of biometric citizen registry and identification—its applications, real life deployments, and how it is shaping the global community—as well as the way biometrics are protecting the borders of the nations they are helping to build. To…

News Roundup: Preparing For Voice Biometrics in a Hyper-Connected World

News Roundup: Preparing For Voice Biometrics in a Hyper-Connected World

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued our month long examination of voice biometrics as the clock counted down to our next featured webinar, Voice Biometrics in a Hyper-Connected World, which airs live tomorrow. Mobile biometrics made headlines in the industry news, as did border control and government ID, and we also published two expert interviews…

Alabamians Can Use Selfie Authentication for Tax Filings

Alabamians Can Use Selfie Authentication for Tax Filings

Alabama officials are working with MorphoTrust USA (Safran) to offer citizens a biometric authentication solution for their tax returns. Based on MorphoTrust’s eID (‘electronic ID’) solution, the system will let citizens use a selfie to validate the authenticity of their tax filings. Those who opt in will be required to submit photos of their faces along…

All MorphoTrust ID Factories Now ISO Certified

All MorphoTrust ID Factories Now ISO Certified

MorphoTrust (Safran) has now received ISO 14298 certification for all of its driver license factories, the company has announced. The certification covers security processes in credential printing, essentially verifying that a given facility’s printing systems feature the highest level of security. MorphoTrust became the first US ID manufacturer to receive this certification for its production…

NEC Opens Washington Office

NEC Opens Washington Office

NEC Corporation of America has opened a new office in Washington, D.C. In a statement announcing the move, NEC indicated that an invitation-only grand opening will be held on May 19th, to be attended by “leading officials from the U.S. government, academia, and the private technology sector.” CEO Shinsuke Takahashi will deliver a welcome address,…

Korean Gov’t to Implement Biometric Access Control at Public Buildings

Korean Gov’t to Implement Biometric Access Control at Public Buildings

The South Korean government will introduce biometric security to its public buildings. The announcement comes in the wake of a high-profile trespassing incident, with the government asserting that it will introduce access control based on facial recognition. The buildings currently see about 32,000 employees and 6,000 visitors on a daily basis, and use a security…

Biometrics Market to Shift to Consumer Devices, Financial Services, IoT: ABI Research

Biometrics Market to Shift to Consumer Devices, Financial Services, IoT: ABI Research

The overall biometrics market will continue to see substantial growth, but will also feature a shifting landscape, over the next several years. That’s the prediction of ABI Research, which argues that by 2021 the market will reach a value of $30 billion as its primary revenues shift from the government sector to banking and consumer…

Integrated Biometrics Shares Packed Event Schedule

Integrated Biometrics Shares Packed Event Schedule

Integrated Biometrics is looking to share its best practices expertise – and boost its market profile – at several major upcoming events over the coming months, the company has announced. The company will participate in he Biometrics Institute’s ID at the Borders & The Movement of People in Amsterdam, Secure Identification in Latvia, the Michigan Biometrics Conference, The American Jail Association conference…

BIO-key Pursues Opportunities in MENA with New Partnership

BIO-key Pursues Opportunities in MENA with New Partnership

BIO-key has sealed a deal with a major new distributor in the Middle East and North Africa, the company has announced. Its new partner is Arthur & Co., a Morocco-based technology provider. The partnership will see BIO-key’s biometric authentication solutions marketed to enterprise and government clients in Arthur’s regions of operation, where BIO-key’s management team…

Senior Economist Calls for Zimbabwe Gov’t to Implement Biometric Payroll

Senior Economist Calls for Zimbabwe Gov’t to Implement Biometric Payroll

A Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe senior economist, Prosper Chitambara, is advising the government to implement a biometric payroll system. The suggestion was put forward at a National Economic Consultative Forum workshop, and follows up on auditing efforts set in motion last year to assess the salaries in place for government and state-affiliated agencies,…

Precise Biometrics Wins Tactivo Framework Agreement From DLA

Precise Biometrics Wins Tactivo Framework Agreement From DLA

The US Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded Precise Biometrics (via a channel partner) a framework agreement for Tactivo, the biometrics company’s smart cases for mobile devices. According to a statement from Precise, the contract is for a base year with the option of two additional years. It will be worth a…

New Tablet Designed to Function With Aadhaar

New Tablet Designed to Function With Aadhaar

India-based Datamini has launched a new tablet designed to extend access to financial services. Called the TPOS7 Janunnati Pad, it’s the product of a collaboration between Datamini, Intel, and MAIT, an organization seeking to develop India’s ICT sector. It’s a 7″ tablet compatible with Android and Windows 10 operating systems, and featuring 2GB of RAM, 5MP…

Integrated Biometrics Makes Case in Washington

Integrated Biometrics Makes Case in Washington

South Carolina-based Integrated Biometrics has been trying to make the case for biometrics to the government sector, having recently sent VP David Gerulski to meet with lawmakers in Washington, DC. Gerulski met with Senator Tim Scott, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and with Try…

Crossmatch Enhances Altus’ Human Approach to Authentication

Crossmatch Enhances Altus’ Human Approach to Authentication

Crossmatch has upgraded its DigitalPersona Altus platform. Altus is an authentication platform aimed at government and enterprise applications, and designed for fast and easy integration with whatever IT infrastructure is already in place. It combines biometric, token, and passcode authentication factors, enabling multi-factor authentication; and now, with its latest upgrade, Crossmatch says it now offers…

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month Begins

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Month Begins

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Mobile Biometrics Month 2016 while the RSA Conference and HIMSS had us talking about enterprise and healthcare in the news. Fingerprint, face, iris and behavioral biometrics each made headlines while FinTech made up the bulk of our coverage. Here’s a look back on the first week of March in…

Morpho’s SecureIdentity Platform Now Live in the UK

Morpho’s SecureIdentity Platform Now Live in the UK

Morpho (Safran)’s SecureIdentity platform has gone live in the UK. It’s a digital identity platform supporting GOV.UK Verify, a government program aimed at providing British citizens with online access to government services. SecureIdentity operates via a mobile app; after an initial 10-minute registration process, citizens can then use their smartphones for fast, ready access to…

DoD Orders More Tactivo Readers

DoD Orders More Tactivo Readers

Precise Biometrics has received another order from the US Department of Defense for its Tactivo readers. It follows multiple orders from last year, and once again comes by way of the DoD’s Defense Logistics Agency. Like the previous order, this new one is for Tactivo for iPhone, a smartphone case that adds a layer of smart card…

News Roundup: FinTech, Government Applications, Innovation

News Roundup: FinTech, Government Applications, Innovation

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore Healthcare Month while FinTech, government applications and multimodal innovation made up the bulk of the biometrics industry news. Here’s a look back on the top digital identity stories from week that was: Healthcare Month Continues It was week two of Healthcare Month 2016, and as we continued…

“I’M Alive” Program to Register Lagos Pensioners’ Biometrics

“I’M Alive” Program to Register Lagos Pensioners’ Biometrics

The Lagos government is preparing to use biometric identification for its pension payments. The bluntly titled “I’M Alive” initiative is intended to prevent disbursement issues related to double-payments and fraud. The civil Service Pensions Office is now seeking to register all pensioners’ fingerprint biometric data through 16 facilities scattered throughout the state. Eligible citizens need…

Singapore Streamlines 2FA Registration for Government e-Services

Singapore Streamlines 2FA Registration for Government e-Services

The Singaporean government has simplified the registration process for the system used by citizens to access government services as it seeks to get more individuals signed up for two-factor authentication (2FA). The system is called SingPass (for ‘Singapore Personal Access’), and offers citizens electronic access to services from over 60 agencies government agencies, such as…

US Political Support Grows for Biometric Exit Screening

US Political Support Grows for Biometric Exit Screening

The US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric border screening project is helping to pave the way for what could be America’s first means of reliably tracking departures from the country. First undertaken as a pilot project at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport last year, the program, which matches passengers’ faces against the biometric data…

Australian Taxation Office Brings Voice Recognition to Mobile App

Australian Taxation Office Brings Voice Recognition to Mobile App

The Australian Taxation Office has expanded its use of voice recognition. The system was first implemented last year for the ATO’s call center, using voice biometrics to identify enrolled callers passively as they spoke. The system went on to see about 1.5 million enrollments since its deployment, and has reportedly cut call times by 40-45…

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Aadhaar to Help Sort Students in State School System

Authorities in Karnataka state, India, are looking to use the country’s Aadhaar cards to ensure that parents do not enroll children in schools outside of their municipal districts. Indian children are currently entitled to free education under the country’s Right to Education (RTE) Act, but they must accept seats in the municipal wards of their primary…

Hungary Launches Biometric eIDs

Hungary Launches Biometric eIDs

The government of Hungary has launched a new electronic identification card for citizens. In addition to the biographic information common to government-issued ID cards, the new eID cards also feature optional biometric fingerprint and electronic signature data. Speaking to the press, Interior Ministry state secretary László Tasnádi called it a “one-stop card” that could “open the…

Indian Officials Aim to Equip Coastal Fishing Workers with Biometric IDs by June

Indian Officials Aim to Equip Coastal Fishing Workers with Biometric IDs by June

Indian officials are working to expedite the issuance of biometric identification cards to fishing workers in the country’s coastal states. Comments were made to that effect at a two-day workshop on fisheries technology, where Ashok Kumar Angurana, the ministerial official in charge of animal husbandry, agriculture, and fishing, decried the slow pace of the rollout…

Indian Police District Adopts Biometric Time and Attendance for Staff

Indian Police District Adopts Biometric Time and Attendance for Staff

With Aadhaar leading the way, biometric time and attendance tracking continues its spread through India’s public sector. The district police office (DPO) of Virudhunagar state has announced that it has now implemented such a system for its own ministerial staff. It’s a move aimed at improving administrative efficiency and preventing potential timesheet fraud. Commenting on…

Biometric Authentication Coming To South African Housing Project

Biometric Authentication Coming To South African Housing Project

The South African government is working on a major housing project and is looking to sophisticated technology to help ensure that it unfolds as planned. To that end, the Department of Human Settlements has announced it will use biometric authentication for home ownership. It’s for the N2 Gateway Project, a massive housing project that the…

Morpho SecureIdentity Offers Mobile Authentication for Government Services

Morpho SecureIdentity Offers Mobile Authentication for Government Services

Morpho (Safran) has announced a new digital identity service called SecureIdentity. Scheduled to go live early next year, the system is designed to help British citizens access online government services through the GOV.UK Verify program. GOV.UK is the British government’s new online system aimed at authenticating citizens’ identities so that they can securely access online…

News Roundup: The 13th Annual Year in Review

News Roundup: The 13th Annual Year in Review

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off our 13th annual Year in Review while mobility and innovation were at the front of the headlines. Government applications makes up a good portion of the news too, and we featured an interview with Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst. Here is a look back on the top stories…

News Roundup: The Gender of Fingerprints

News Roundup: The Gender of Fingerprints

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Financial Biometrics Month to a close with a roundup of all the featured articles, event coverage and industry news dealing with commerce from November. We also saw a great deal of fingerprint news, government announcements, and even novel innovation in the discovery that latent fingerprints can be used to…

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