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HID Global Issues 2017 Trend Predictions

HID Global Issues 2017 Trend Predictions

HID Global has issued its top trend predictions for 2017. One is the continuing adoption of mobile devices and smart cards, trends that will require further adoption of trusted identity solutions. It’s a prediction that appears likely to come true, given recent reports on the rise of biometric mobile devices, and major companies’ efforts to…

NEXT Biometrics Aiming to Get Flexible Sensor Into Mass Production in Q2

NEXT Biometrics Aiming to Get Flexible Sensor Into Mass Production in Q2

In his annual New Year’s letter to investors, NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsoe is anticipating considerable growth in the smart card market, which he says “represents almost endless opportunities”. Etholm-Idsoe points out that NEXT’s flexible fingerprint sensor, which is intended for smart cards, is now in prototype form, with the company working with partner Innolux…

IDEX to Show Off ISO-ID1 Solution at CES 2017

IDEX to Show Off ISO-ID1 Solution at CES 2017

Norway-based fingerprint biometrics specialist IDEX is aiming to make a splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, where it will not only show off its technological solutions but also look for new partners and investors.   In a statement announcing its participating in the this week’s event, IDEX said it will showcase an ISO-ID1 smart…

Zwipe Announces New COO, EMEA Sales Exec

Zwipe Announces New COO, EMEA Sales Exec

Norway-based fingerprint biometrics specialist Zwipe has announced two major new additions to its executive team. Orlando Martinez has signed on as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, and John Laws is now Director of Sales Access Control EMEA. Martinez comes to the company from a previous position as SVP of Business Development for Snarf Networks,…

HID PIV Solution Offers Single Credential for IT, Physical Access Control

HID PIV Solution Offers Single Credential for IT, Physical Access Control

HID Global has announced a new end-to-end identity access management solution aimed at letting organizations use just one credential to access both physical facilities and data. It’s called HID PIV. The solution is primarily aimed at the government sector, but also has applications in other regulated industries including healthcare, banking and transportation. It operates primarily…

News Roundup: Trustech 2016, Financial Biometrics, Connectivity

News Roundup: Trustech 2016, Financial Biometrics, Connectivity

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Financial Biometrics Month to a close with an expert webinar and a roundup of November’s featured topic. In the meantime the industry news was focused on Trustech 2016, border control, smart cards, mobile integrations and much more. Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity…

IDEX Reports ‘Massive Interest’ in Biometric Smart Cards at Trustech

IDEX Reports ‘Massive Interest’ in Biometric Smart Cards at Trustech

“And beyond Trustech, other companies have been hard at work on their own such offerings…” Trustech 2016 has just wrapped up, and IDEX is reporting considerable success in its efforts to showcase its biometric smart card technology at the event. In a statement from the company, CEO Hemant Mardia says IDEX “received massive interest from…

FPC Announces Smart Card Sensor Line: FPC1300 Series

FPC Announces Smart Card Sensor Line: FPC1300 Series

FPC1300 series sensors are designed to be very thin and to use very little power. Having announced its intentions to explore new market areas beyond mobile biometrics near the start of this year, Fingerprint Cards is now taking a major step into the smart cards arena with the announcement of a new line of sensors designed…

Biometric Innovation ‘Particularly Impressive’: TRUSTECH

Biometric Innovation ‘Particularly Impressive’: TRUSTECH

“The growing prominence of biometrics can also be seen in the area of smart cards, with multiple companies preparing to showcase biometric solutions at this year’s TRUSTECH event.” Organizers of this week’s TRUSTECH security conference have announced the finalists for this year’s SESAMES Awards, which are bestowed “to the best innovations in the fields of…

News Roundup: The Biometric Smart Card Boom

News Roundup: The Biometric Smart Card Boom

Last week at FindBiometrics things were gearing up for Trustech 2016 where the biometric smart card is slated to make a big impression. Meanwhile we continued to countdown to this week’s Financial Biometrics Month webinar as mobile biometrics integrations, law enforcement, and connected identity rounded out the industry news. Here is a look back on last…

Zwipe SVP to Speak Against Passwords at Trustech 2016

Zwipe SVP to Speak Against Passwords at Trustech 2016

Zwipe Sales and Marketing SVP Einar Boije will speak at next week’s Trustech 2016 expo. Scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, his presentation is entitled, “Biometrics for Authentication: Death of the Password”. It’s a self-explanatory title, and a good reflection of the Norwegian company’s interests. Zwipe has focused mostly on fingerprint biometric technology for smart card…

FlexEnable To Show Off Flexible Fingerprint Sensor at Trustech

FlexEnable To Show Off Flexible Fingerprint Sensor at Trustech

“For its part, FlexEnable boasts that its sensor’s ISORG-supplied organic photodiodes allow a particularly thin form factor, with the sensor being only 0.3mm thick.” Another contender has entered the ring: UK-based FlexEnable will show off its flexible fingerprint sensor for smart cards at next week’s Trustech 2016 conference. There are already a couple of other…

Smart Cards Emerging as Key Topic at Trustech 2016

Smart Cards Emerging as Key Topic at Trustech 2016

The Trustech 2016 expo is next week, and biometric smart cards are emerging as a potential standout topic during the event. Earlier this week, NEXT Biometrics announced plans to show off its flexible biometric smart card technology at the digital security event, and it was only a couple of days later that IDEX followed suit…

Platform Update Brings Gemalto Smart Cards Into eIDAS Compliance

Platform Update Brings Gemalto Smart Cards Into eIDAS Compliance

Gemalto has issued an update of its Public Key Infrastructure to ensure compliance with new regulations. The European Union’s new eIDAS (Electronic Identification and Services) regulation is meant to ensure trust in digital transactions, offering standards pertaining to the kinds of digital signatures enabled by Gemalto’s PKI. Accordingly, Gemalto says the latest version of its…

Flexible Fingerprint Sensors to Take Focus at Trustech

Flexible Fingerprint Sensors to Take Focus at Trustech

IDEX is going to show off its flexible fingerprint sensor technology for smart cards at next week’s Trustech 2016 expo in Cannes. It’s technology that IDEX has been pursuing together with Safran Identity & Security, with IDEX offering up the biometric sensors while Safran provides the card technology. At Trustech, it will be demonstrated in an…

NEXT Biometrics CEO Predicts 2017 ‘Leap in Margins’ in Q3 Update

NEXT Biometrics CEO Predicts 2017 ‘Leap in Margins’ in Q3 Update

“In a statement announcing the results, NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm Idsøe focused on the company’s efforts in the smart card market, and its potential payoffs to come in 2017.” NEXT Biometrics has announced its Q3 results for 2016. The quarter ended September 30th saw sales of 28.4 million NOK, up from 26.6 million NOK in…

NEXT Biometrics Wins Third Order for Flexible Smart Card Sensors

NEXT Biometrics Wins Third Order for Flexible Smart Card Sensors

“One hundred fifty thousand sensors will start shipping to the client in the latter half of next year, with plans to add another 200,000 after that.” NEXT Biometrics has scored another design win for its flexible fingerprint sensors designed for smart cards. In announcing the new order, NEXT Biometrics did not disclose the name of…

NEXT Biometrics to Show Off Smart Card Tech at Trustech

NEXT Biometrics to Show Off Smart Card Tech at Trustech

NEXT Biometrics is going to take the opportunity of the upcoming Trustech 2016 conference to show off its biometric smart card technology, the company has announced. Smart cards have been a strategic focus of the biometrics company for about a year now, with NEXT Biometrics now working with Taiwan-based Innolux to build up its production…

Neurotechnology’s Smart Card Solution Passes MINEX III Test

Neurotechnology’s Smart Card Solution Passes MINEX III Test

Lithuania-based biometrics specialist Neurotechnology has put its MegaMatcher On Card algorithm through a major test. The algorithm software was submitting to the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) III evaluation, and it “successfully passed all the mandatory steps of the evaluation protocol,” according to a statement from Neurotechnology. That means the…

News Roundup: The Year in Review is Upon Us

News Roundup: The Year in Review is Upon Us

Last week at FindBiometrics we launched our 2016 biometrics industry Year in Review Survey as Financial Biometrics Month continued with a look at emerging solutions in banking and payments. Meanwhile, the industry news had its fair share of fingerprint sensor smartphone integrations, contactless modality reports, and enterprise solution launches. Take a look back on the…

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: 3 Exciting FinTech Solutions of Tomorrow

If you are looking to see examples of biometrics in action, authenticating the common person and actively protecting real sensitive data, the place to look is the financial services market. Mobile wallets have taken off, enabling consumers to pay with their fingerprints, corporate banking clients scan their vein patterns to make high risk transactions through…

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…

Safran, IDEX Making ‘Significant Progress’ on Biometric Smart Card

Safran, IDEX Making ‘Significant Progress’ on Biometric Smart Card

Safran Identity & Security and IDEX have teamed up to produce biometric smart cards. In a statement announcing their partnership, the companies asserted that they’re making “significant progress” toward producing the world’s first ISO standard smart card with an embedded fingerprint sensor. Safran is handling the manufacturing and biometric software of the cards, while IDEX…

French Casino Patrons May Soon Access Services Via Biometric Smart Cards

French Casino Patrons May Soon Access Services Via Biometric Smart Cards

A major French casino and hotel operator is testing out biometric access control in a program that could dramatically expand in scope if initial tests prove successful. The company, Group Partouche, is currently working with MeReal Biometrics to leverage the latter’s smart card technology. In addition to containing the standard identity information associated with smart…

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…

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: The Primer

Financial Biometrics Month 2016: The Primer

November is Financial Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics, so for the next four weeks we will be examining strong authentication and identity tech in commerce. To kick things off, we have compiled a primer to serve as a snapshot of the biometrics in financial landscape. Read on to get up to speed on the world of…

Zwipe Establishes Joint Venture With Hi-Tech Investment Group

Zwipe Establishes Joint Venture With Hi-Tech Investment Group

Norway-based fingerprint biometrics company Zwipe has announced a new joint venture with China’s Kuang-Chi Group. Kuang-Chi is a Shenzhen-based consortium that invests in high-tech startups and small companies on the cusp of commercialization. It has just announced its second Global Community of Innovation (GCI), which is aimed at investing up to $250 million in such companies…

News Roundup: Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20

News Roundup: Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20

Last week we were in Las Vegas for Money20/20, where biometrics were bigger than ever before. As such, FinTech was the name of the game last week, but it wasn’t the only game in town. News concerning mobile fingerprint sensor integrations, government applications, and more, filled out the headlines in an exciting week for biometrics. Here’s…

FPC CEO Sees ‘Obvious Opportunity’ in PCs in Q3 Update

FPC CEO Sees ‘Obvious Opportunity’ in PCs in Q3 Update

Fingerprint Cards continues its upwards trajectory. The company has issued its Q3 corporate update, and reports a remarkable rate of continuing growth. For the quarter, the company attained revenues of SEK 1,862.3 M, an increase of 93 percent against Q3 of 2015. The company attained an operating profit of SEK 766.8 M, and an operating…

Gardevant Card Secures Online Payments with Biometrics

Gardevant Card Secures Online Payments with Biometrics

A new security solution for online and point of sale purchases aims to take advantage of biometrics for authentication. It’s called the Gardevant Card – a smart card featuring an embedded thumbprint sensor that enables biometrically authenticated payment transactions anywhere you can use a credit card. According to a short demonstration video, the Gardevant Card…

FPC Announces Dual Interface Card Integration

FPC Announces Dual Interface Card Integration

US-based smart card maker CPI has developed a new product featuring Fingerprint Cards technology. In a statement from FPC, the company didn’t specify what sensor model is being used in the card, but confirmed that it’s a dual interface card capable of contact-based and contactless transactions. That suggests the smart card is designed for payment…

FPC, Precise Biometrics Tech Power Credit Card’s Biometrics

FPC, Precise Biometrics Tech Power Credit Card’s Biometrics

South Korea-based card manufacturer Kona-i has launched a credit card with a built-in fingerprint sensor, and it features biometric technology from Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics. The latter’s Precise BioMatch Embedded provides the necessary algorithm software, while an FPC sensor has been embedded for fingerprint scanning. FPC hasn’t specified the fingerprint sensor being used, but…

Face Forensics’ Access Control System Links Face Biometrics to ID Cards

Face Forensics’ Access Control System Links Face Biometrics to ID Cards

Vancouver-based biometric solutions provider Face Forensics has issued a new version of its F2 facial recognition platform. It’s an access control system that combines smart cards with biometrics for enhanced security. A user’s facial biometric profile is attached to her ID card; when the user scans or swipes the card through a building entrance’s card…

Safran Reaches 10M-Mark in eID Issuance in Chile

Safran Reaches 10M-Mark in eID Issuance in Chile

Safran has reached a significant milestone in one of its long-term identity projects. The company has announced that it has now delivered 10 million electronic ID cards in Chile. It’s part of a 10-year contract that the company won in 2012. The company is tasked with managing the distribution of its eID cards, which authorities are…

Trustech Announces 2016 Event Program

Trustech Announces 2016 Event Program

The Cartes smart card exhibition has been rebranded under the Trustech umbrella, and will take place starting November 29th, organizers have announced. The event is expected to attract 18,000 attendees from around the world, and will feature big-name speakers including Tesla Motors co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel and poker star Caspar Berry, among others. There will…

Acquisitions Could Help Accelerate Growth: FPC CEO

Acquisitions Could Help Accelerate Growth: FPC CEO

The new CEO of Fingerprint Cards is publicly mulling over the idea of acquisitions to help accelerate the company’s expansion beyond the mobile biometrics market, and it’s prompting some market speculation, reports Bloomberg. Such a move would make sense. The replacement of former CEO Jörgen Lantto with Christian Fredrikson, who took the helm last month, was largely…

Safran eID Solution Gets FIDO Certification

Safran eID Solution Gets FIDO Certification

Safran Identity & Security has received FIDO certification for its biometric electronic ID solution, the company has announced. The company’s eID solution is meant to offer more secure authentication than traditional ID cards through its embedded chip, which can store additional credentials like biometric data. This allows authentication to take place via facial recognition, with…

Gemalto Provides Cameroon with Biometric eID Solution

Gemalto Provides Cameroon with Biometric eID Solution

Gemalto is providing government officials in Cameroon with a highly secure electronic ID (eID) solution.  It’s called Sealys Color in PC, an identity card solution that engraves subjects’ photos directly into the card via laser. The company says it’s a tamper-proof solution, helping to ensure that citizen’s ID documents can’t be duplicated or fabricated. It…

Coast Guard Embraces Biometric Security Checks for High-Risk Scenarios

Coast Guard Embraces Biometric Security Checks for High-Risk Scenarios

The US Coast Guard has finally established its rules on credential inspection for maritime workers via the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), and the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is applauding it as a validation of the value of biometric security. The TWIC was first implemented in 2007, and more than 2 billion such cards…

SecuGen Maintains Focus on Quality, Affordability with New Hamster Device

SecuGen Maintains Focus on Quality, Affordability with New Hamster Device

SecuGen has released a new dual fingerprint and smart card reader. Called the Hamster Pro Duo SC/PIV, the device features both an FAP 20 certified fingerprint scanner and a contact-based smart card reader from Advanced Card Systems, the ACR39U. The device has a wide range of potential applications, from border control to access control to…

NEXT Ready to Attack Smart Card Market After Q2 Transition

NEXT Ready to Attack Smart Card Market After Q2 Transition

NEXT Biometrics has announced its results for the second quarter of this year. Operating revenues were way up, at NOK 26.6 million, compared to NOK 5.1 million in Q1 and NOK 0.3 million in Q2 of 2015. NEXT attributes the growth primarily to increases in its fingerprint sensor shipments. Despite the jump in revenues, NEXT…

Strong Mobile Market Continues to Lift Precise Biometrics

Strong Mobile Market Continues to Lift Precise Biometrics

Precise Biometrics has issued its corporate update for the second quarter and first half of the year. For the quarter, the company saw net sales of SEK 21.9 million, and after-tax profit of SEK 4.4 million. For the year so far, net sales amounted to SEK 46.1 million, and profit after tax reached SEK 10.7…

Biometric Payment Card Vendors ‘Well Positioned’ for Next Phase of Market: ABI

Biometric Payment Card Vendors ‘Well Positioned’ for Next Phase of Market: ABI

Chip card vendors need to embrace new technologies to beat the EMV market slump, according to a new report from ABI Research. While the global transition to contactless payment cards will continue to bring in revenues, ABI Research reports that “[v]endors are already reporting reductions in US orders” as market becomes more saturated, and that,…

TFT-LCD Panel Maker To Help NEXT With Flexible Sensor Production

TFT-LCD Panel Maker To Help NEXT With Flexible Sensor Production

NEXT Biometrics is pushing hard on its flexible fingerprint sensor project, and has teamed up with a major TFT-LCD panel maker to get it to market. Taipei-based Innolux has agreed to jointly invest in building a mass production apparatus for the technology with NEXT. The companies have already had a working relationship for many years,…

FIDO, EMVCo to Collaborate on Chip Card Standards

FIDO, EMVCo to Collaborate on Chip Card Standards

The FIDO Alliance is teaming up with EMVCo, the regulatory body responsible for EMV chip standards, to explore how FIDO’s authentication standards could be incorporated into EMV frameworks. The organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start exploring the idea, and will start with an exploratory process that could lead to more substantial efforts in…

UN Refugee Agency Launches New Biometric ID Cards, Mobile App

UN Refugee Agency Launches New Biometric ID Cards, Mobile App

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a new version of its biometric ID card. The card has been rolled out gradually over the past year or so, having expanded from a pilot project in a Malawi refugee camp to further deployments in Thailand and South Sudan. This approach has allowed the…

Intellicheck Patent Covers Two-Factor Biometric Smart Card System

Intellicheck Patent Covers Two-Factor Biometric Smart Card System

US-based Intellicheck Mobilisa has won approval for a patent covering a biometric smart card system. It revolves around linking a smart card to the identity of its holder by embedding the user’s fingerprint biometric profile in the smart card itself. When the smart card user’s fingerprint is scanned and that data is compared against the…

News Roundup: Here Come The Biometric Smart Cards

News Roundup: Here Come The Biometric Smart Cards

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Border Control & National ID Month in our featured articles section while law enforcement biometrics and smart cards with fingerprint sensors made huge headlines in the industry news. Mobile biometrics, FinTech, and physical access control rounded out our coverage in an eventful week for identity tech. Here’s a look back…

Another Smart Card Integration as FPC Pursues Market

Another Smart Card Integration as FPC Pursues Market

“This latest smart card integration follows quickly after another announced this week, with the FPC1020 sensor being used in a new smart card from Kona I.” Fingerprint Cards has announced another major smart card integration for its fingerprint biometrics technology. Its FPC1011 sensor is being used in the MeReal Biometrics “computer on a card”, launched…

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