Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Physical Access Control Month Continues

This past week saw some national ID news, talk of biometrics in banking and – because April is Physical Access Control Month at findBIOMETRICS – lots of talk about biometrics in physical security deployments.

Deployment is the micro-topic of the week, in fact. On Wednesday we took a closer look at four real life deployments of biometric physical access control, each one putting a different mode and unique application under the spotlight. Iris recognition at a university, facial recognition at a social club, palm vein biometrics at a laboratory and fingerprint tech at a data center all add up to a list that sheds light on how diverse a topic physical access control really is.

Of course, nothing can paint a picture of this diversity as well as the actual products and companies involved in protecting what’s important. On Thursday, we released the full playlist of videos taken at this year’s ISC West conference. Each individual clip will be given its due individual focus, but until then, be sure to browse through the series.

Finishing up the physical access news for the week, Viscount Systems announced year another contract from a US Government agency to deploy its Freedom access control system in California and Louisiana. The company’s solution attacks adoption barriers and is persistently finding customers across the US and Canada.

A Kenyan news outlet reported this week that the nation’s government will be biometrically registering all of its citizens in a database. The registration process is expected to take six months and to be a particular boon in the coming presidential election.

Meanwhile, the Association of German Banks announced that it will be throwing its support behind biometrics, hosting a workshop in May focusing on the way that secure biometric transactions work in practice and emphasizing the importance of a convenient end user experience.

Over at our sister site Mobile ID World, Fingerprint Cards AB received a touch sensor order worth SEK 4 million, and we took a look at what can be learned from the inevitable Samsung Galaxy S5 spoof.

Stay posted to findBIOMETRICS this week as Physical Access Control Month continues and we take a look at biometrics in pop culture in our newly christened blog: Pop Cultural Identity Management.