Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Finance, Mobility and Voiceprint Panic

This past week at FindBiometrics we continued to examine law enforcement biometrics in the featured articles section, while Apple’s fingerprint protected tablets, innovations in biometric commerce and new privacy concerns rounded out the industry news section. Here is your biometrics industry news roundup for the week ending October 18, 2014.


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This past week at FindBiometrics we continued to examine law enforcement biometrics in the featured articles section. Check out our list of the four modalities of justice.

With Apple Pay set to officially launch tomorrow, bringing the option of biometric POS payments to everyone with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, the financial world is moving at full speed into the next generation thanks to strong authentication technologies. This past week we took a look at the success that Alipay has been receiving with its mobile wallet, and how biometrics on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 will positively affect it, while MasterCard and Zwipe announced the upcoming launch of the world’s first fingerprint activated contactless payment card. Meanwhile, Money 20/20 announced the lineup of its biometric payment panel hosted by none other than FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill.

Here are the articles that has us talking about biometrics and finance this week:

Alibaba to Use Biometrics to Say ‘Open Sesame’

Introducing On-Card Fingerprint Biometric Payments From MasterCard and Zwipe

New Diebold ATMs to Employ Finger Vein Biometrics

Money 20/20 Announces Speakers In Biometrics Panel

Booming Biometrics

Biometrics have been on the rise all year, and the increasing proliferation of strong authentication technology leads to innovation and critical conversations. This week, the mainstream public caught a glimpse of how popular voiceprint biometrics have become on a global scale and this caused a small privacy panic. Worries of anonymity and privacy rights violations stemming from the boom in voiceprint collection clashed with promises of convenience and security.

Meanwhile, research reports and partnerships continued to grow the industry into new places and innovations in data management continued to help add efficiency to rich data databases with the application of biometrics.

The following articles give a diverse perspective of how the biometrics industry is continuing to expand and what kind of obstacles it faces as it does:

Brazilian Biometrics Business Booming

Privacy Alarms Go Off As Public Learns About Voiceprint Boom

ATIO Wants to Identify You by the Sound of Your Voice

Microsoft Certifies Next Biometrics for Hardware Integration

Neurotechnology Surveillance Software Approaches Human-Level Visual Surveillance

Lockheed Martin Helping US Military to Organize Biometric Data

Security Screening Continues Ascent

Canadian Biometrics Firm to Beef Up India’s Security  


Thursday brought with it yet another Apple keynote out of Cupertino, California, and the world was presented with the first two biometric iPads. The iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 were both announced this week, each featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The surprise was somewhat spoiled, however, as Apple accidentally spilled the beans on the new products with an early update to the iOS 8 user guide.

Meanwhile, in the realm of wearable tech, Bionym announced this week that it is seeking third party developers to create applications for its persistent biometric authentication wristband, the Nymi.

Bionym Looking to Third Party Developers for Cardiac Biometrics Applications

Apple Accidentally Reveals Two Biometric iPads

Apple’s New Offerings: It’s What You Can’t See That’s Most Important


Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the coming week as we continue to report on al the most relevant identity management news. Keep the conversation going by following us on Twitter.

October 19, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter