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 on last week’s top stories:
Last week we took a look at the ekin Patrol next generation police squad car which boasts advanced detection capabilities including license plate and face recognition. Meanwhile, the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program was in the headlines with news of an expansion and a bit of controversy—the Bureau is aiming to exempt NGI from privacy legislation, which is bringing it into conflict with civil rights organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Physical Access Control
FST Biometrics announced a new UK distributor for its In Motion Identification (IMID) solution—a multimodal frictionless identity platform with physical access control applications. Speaking of physical access control, Suprema made the headlines last week announcing the its biometric solutions are now fully compatible with BioConnect’s flagship identity management platform.
A major trend in 2016 has been fingerprint sensor manufacturers pursuing the smart card market, and last week brought new developments in this regard. NEXT Biometrics announced its new line of sensors aimed specifically to serve the smart card market. Meanwhile, Fingerprint Cards (FPC), which also appointed a new CEO effective this August, announced two smart card integrations for its biometric fingerprint sensors.
Smartphones and Tablets
In mobile device biometrics, last week saw one of FPC’s sensors embedded on the new ZUK Z2 smartphone from Lenovo. Synaptics had a smartphone integration too, and we reported on two biometric tablets aimed at vertical markets. All of this occurred in the shadow of a new market research report from Goode Intelligence that reveals the mobile biometrics boom to be accelerating in the area of financial services.
Staying on the topic of financial applications, Gulf Bank Kuwait enabled multimodal biometrics on its mobile app thanks to the implementation of Daon’s IdentityX platform. The major mobile wallets made the news too, with Samsung launching in Spain and eyeing Singapore, while Apple Pay won support of three more major Canadian banks. All of that and more made FinTech a major force in last week’s’ industry news.
Wearable security functionality is making its way to Windows Hello, and last week we saw how the vital biometrics powered Nymi Band can unlock PCs with the identifying power of your heartbeat. New Dell computers were launched with infrared cameras enabling Windows Hello facial recognition too, while a new USB dongle was launched by Synaptics which can turn computers into fingerprint authentication machines.
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June 6, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter