Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Physical Access, Multiple-Factors and a Call for Education

This past week at findBIOMETRICS we wrapped up our second week in June’s focus on biometric diversity. Multi-Modal Month’s second feature article examines the powerful and disruptive ideas that come into play when multiple factors are combined in strong authentication.

The week’s news also brought with it a strong focus on physical security with IFSEC International scheduled for next week and biometric access providers announcing how they plan to represent themselves during the event.

Among the many companies present, HID Global will be manning booth #D1800, in the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre. At this year’s IFSEC, HID will be providing hands-on demonstrations of emerging technologies, including the newly acquired multispectral fingerprint imaging technology in its portfolio courtesy of Lumidigm.

Digitus Biometrics announced this week that its DAS-SQL software is now compatible with the Symmetry platform from AMAG. The newly compatible software will allow for user monitoring and management, as well as the integration of Digitus biometric hardware line, a range which includes fingerprint sensors designed specifically to protect servers. Firms can now migrate user accounts and related data to DAS-SQL without the need for re-enrollment.

Still on the topic of physical access control, Viscount Systems announced two more contracts to deploy its Freedom solution to federal government buildings. The new contracts will have Freedom deployed in New York and Indiana, allowing the buildings to leverage their existing IT infrastructure as a next generation security system.

This is familiar news, as Viscount regularly is selected by the US Federal Government for these deployments. This week, the company’s position in this regard was further shown at the Homeland Security Leadership Summit where Viscount CEO Dennis Raefield was charged with making a presentation.

Suprema was in the news this week too. Whereas the fingerprint biometrics company is usually spoken of in the same breath as “physical access control,” this week’s announcement from them was more mobile in nature.

Partnering with Kwick High-Tech & Solutions, Suprema is providing the BioMini Slim to be used in an Android-based biometric verification system in Pakistan.

Based in Pakistan, Kwick is a firm specializing in SIM manufacturing and biometric security solutions. With Suprema’s mobile biometric technology it has already launched a fingerprint verification solution for smartphones. Once this deployment is set, Kwick customers will have their thumbprint scanned and compared with  records held by Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority. After verifying the identity of the customer, they can then proceed to be issued their new SIM.

Smartmatic announced this week that it will be providing Brazil with remote voting terminals in preparation for it’s next general election. Brazil has been ahead of the curve in terms of elections technology, already using biometrics and automated terminals in its democratic process. The new remote terminals will be used in bringing the vote to remote areas of the country.

Finally, this week the Biometric Institute took a stand against strong authentication naysayers, publishing a statement calling for better education on identity management technology. The media release was made in response to an increasing resistance to biometric technology.

Stay posted to findBIOMETRICS through the coming week as we continue Multi-Modal Month and bring you all the most relevant identity management news. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat.

June 15, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter