This week at FindBiometrics we reported on time and attendance applications, new biometric deployments in finance, developments in the mobile markets and more from a wide range of modalities and regions.
Here are the top Industry News stories from the past week.
One of the biggest news items of the year was the announcement that MasterCard and Zwipe have combined forces to bring fingerprint authentication to point of sale credit card transactions. This week the pilot of the technology, which was taking place in Norway, was successfully completed and we learned where to expect the biometric credit cards to pop up next. Meanwhile, Amex embraced fingerprint authentication for its mobile app and Crossmatch announced that First Bank has implemented its biometric technology.
This week saw NEXT Biometrics announcing a major tier one design win that will see its sensors built into mobile devices, while Precise Biometrics introduced its newest Tactivo readers. Mobile biometrics and law enforcement overlapped this week too, with police officials from Stockton, California, singing the praise of a new handheld multimodal scanner.
Taking a global viewpoint for a moment, this week we took a look at the US military’s plan to use biometric screening in the training of Syrian rebels. Meanwhile, the Italian government started considering the regulation of biometric data in the burgeoning internet of things. In Venezuela this week, the nation’s government contracted Suprema to lend a biometric hand in combatting goods shortages and smuggling.
A diverse collection of modalities made the news this week. Bionym changed its name to Nymi and announced the shipping date of its highly anticipated biometric wearable; Intel signed contract with Cognitec to get facial recognition protecting Windows login procedures; and IDEX was chosen by Flextronics to add its fingerprint recognition solutions to the Open Innovation Platform.
This week we continued to see biometric technology adopted by businesses to keep better employee records. TruTouch is performing double duty at the Salvation Army, tracking staff time and checking blood alcohol levels. In the UK a home care residence is using handprint scanners from Bodet to keep track of attendance and Inception Technologies introduced a new reader for similar applications.
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December 5, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter