Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A New Way To Scan Fingerprints?

This week at FindBiometrics we reported on news out of the University of Windsor where researchers are developing a new way to capture fingerprints. Meanwhile, both of Apple’s iPhone 6 models kept consumer biometrics in the conversation and we took a look at the many mobile modalities in our featured article of the week.


This week in our featured articles section we took a look at the different modalities making mobile biometrics such a diverse and rich environment when it comes to strong authentication.

This week we discovered that University of Windsor researchers are working towards improving the method through which fingerprints are scanned in law enforcement, military and border control situations. The goal of the project is to create a scanner that can successfully capture fingerprint images on subjects that have had their digits damaged either through work, by accident or on purpose. So far the group of researches has met success in building a biometric system can can scan a finger and produce a 3D image detailing 2mm into the subject’s skin.

The numbers came in regarding the new iPhones released by Apple over the weekend, and the figures were record breaking. Over 10 million Apple smartphones made it into the hands of excited early adopters, each one featuring the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Of course, a new flagship phone with a biometric sensor means a new opportunity to see the device publicly spoofed. Marc Rogers – principal security researcher at Lookout – announced on the his blog that he spoofed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the same manner that he did the 5S last year. Despite the noted lack of improvement in Apple’s biometric security, Rogers still thinks the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone is awesome.

Moving on to biometric access control news, Iris ID announced this week that it has significantly dropped the price of its IrisAccess product line. The announcement comes in advance of the company’s visit to the ASIS conference in Atlanta, Georgia, next week where it will be demonstrating the iris-based access control solution.

Sticking with iris news, EyeLock, a member of the FIDO Alliance, announced this week that it has entered into a partnership with Sticky Password, a provider of password management software. Through this partnership, users will be able to have the security assurance of EyeLock’s myris device applied to their existing online accounts.

BioCatch, the company bringing behavioral biometrics to online human presence detection, released a collection of bot-made art this week. In an online catalog, the company has displayed the visualization of movements conducted by malware in real life cyber attacks.

BIO-key announced this week that its Q3 2014 is currently shaping up very well, issuing an update that it expects to report revenue in the high end of the range estimated following the release of its second quarter results.

The airport security experience in the United States continued its march into more convenient territory with CLEAR announcing this week that Miami International Airport will be deploying its biometric eGate solutions. The idea, as with all next generation airport security deployments, is to bring a seamless and convenient experience to travellers without sacrificing anything in terms of security.

Finally, we found out this week that an historic hotel in the United Kingdom has decided to address issues in timekeeping by deploying a biometric time and attendance solution from Bodet. The new system selected by Stapleford Park Country House is fingerprint based and, according to the hotel’s payroll administrator Sally Hatton, the hotel staff were quick to accept the biometric punch-in method.

Stay tuned to FindBiometrics throughout the coming week as we bring you even more identity management news. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat.

September 28, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter