Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Fingers and Faces, Eyes and Voices

FindBiometrics, Identity Managment, Biometric TechnologyThis past week at FindBiometrics the industry news spanned the four major biometric modalities across a great range of applications. While we reported on smartphones, law enforcement, call centers and more, we also brought the FindBiometrics Year in Review to a close by examining the biggest industry happenings as voted by our large sample of industry experts and professionals.

Here is a look at the week that was in identity management.


Fingerprints were all over the industry news this week. It was discovered that Apple was responsible for the lack of a fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Nexus 6, but can also take credit for NEXT Biometrics’ exemplary sales. A new access control solution is allowing for fingerprint scanning door handles and airport employees in Canada have started to express their disdain for new biometric time and attendance solutions being implemented in their workplace.

Telcom & Data Unveils Fingerprint-Scanning Door Handles

NEXT Biometrics Sales Benefit From The Apple Effect

Apple Maneuvering Derailed Plan for Fingerprint Sensor on Nexus 6

Precise Biometrics Reports Increased Sales for Q4 2014

Former HID Global VP Named Sonavation CEO

Biometric Attendance-Tracking Met with Resistance from Air Canada Workers


Voice biometrics are on the upswing according to a new report from Research and Markets. Forecasted to grow at a rate of 9.4 percent (CAGR), the technology is slated to be particularly popular in mobile banking. SpeechPro meanwhile is bringing voice biometrics to the call center, having announced this week that its VoiceKey solution is being made available through Aspect Software’s Innovation Exchange.

Research and Markets Predict 9.4 Percent CAGR for Voice Biometrics

SpeechPro Voice Biometrics To Improve Customer Engagement

Faces and Eyes

Moving to the modalities of the head, Iris ID was recognized by Global Security News, winning two GSN 2014 Homeland Security Awards. In India, iris scanning is going to be implemented in an attempt to smooth out pension payments and cut down on fraud.

Monday marked Republic Day in India, during which US President Barack Obama payed a visit to the nation. The celebrations also marked an unprecedented level of public security, which included the use of facial recognition cameras. Meanwhile in Hawaii, the MorphoFace Investigate solution from MorphoTrak (Safran) was chosen to give a biometric boost to law enforcement all across the island.

IRIS ID Wins Two GSN 2014 Homeland Security Awards

Indian State Adopts Iris Scanning for Pension Payments

Celebrations, Obama Visit Prompt Unprecedented Security Measures in Delhi

Hawaii to Expand MorphoFace Investigate Tech to All Counties

All Of The Above and More

The FIDO Alliance, approaching its two year anniversary, underwent a number of leadership changes after conducting its annual internal elections this week. The consortium is no doubt at least partially responsible for the very bright future predicted for mobile biometrics in Acuity Market Intelligence’s latest market research, which is set to be making $33.3 billion by 2020.

Finally, biometrics were invoked in the US Senate this week in order to resolve issues surrounding voter ID while, on an international scale, the UN has started using multimodal biometrics to track refugees.

Mobile Biometric Revenues To Hit $33.3 Billion By 2020

FIDO Alliance Appoints New Leadership For 2015

Republican Senator Suggests Biometrics Tech to Resolve Contentious Voter ID Debate

UN Agency Adopts Biometrics to Track Refugee Stats

Solutions Provider Points to Upwards Trends in mCommerce, Biometrics


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January 30, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter