News Roundup: Biometrics And The Refugee Crisis

Last week at FindBiometrics National ID Month continued with a look at how the UNHCR is deploying biometrics around the world to serve and protect millions of forcibly displaced persons in what is commonly being referred to as a global refugee crisis. We also announced the National ID Month Webinar, for which registration is now open. In the industry news section national ID was also on the table, while mobility, financial services and healthcare rounded out the headlines.

Here is a look back on last week’s top stories:

National ID:

News Roundup: Biometrics And The Refugee CrisisAs part of our month long examination of national ID we examined how the UNHCR is addressing the mounting refugee crisis with biometrics. We also launched registration for our upcoming National ID Month Webinar, ‘Biometrics, National ID & the Future of Global Identity.’

National ID was also in the industry news this week with elections news out of Ghana and the Philippines, Nepalese passport news from Oberthur Technologies, and a headline concerning European Union representatives who now have biometric travel documents.

National ID was the hottest topic of the week, here’s why:

WEBINAR: Biometrics, National ID & the Future of Global Identity

National ID Month: Biometrics and Refugees

Philippines Provinces Show Biometric Pride

Nepal Extends Oberthur Passport Partnership

Only 3.1m Voters Left to Register for Philippines’ Biometric Polling

EU Reps to Get Biometric Travel Documents

GenKey Sees Biometric Elections Success in Ghana

Fraud and its Prevention

News Roundup: Biometrics And The Refugee Crisis

Biometrics have a number of applications when it comes to mitigating fraud and last week we published two items that highlighted very different aspects on the anti-fraud spectrum. Socure added facial recognition technology to its behavioral biometrics platform and a city in the Philippines is using biometrics to weed out ghost workers on its municipal payroll.

Mayor Champions Biometrics to Terminate Ghost Employees

Socure Adds Facial Recognition to Social Biometrics Platform


Healthcare Feature sizeIn healthcare news last week  we reported on a Naval hospital in the United States that is integrating Corvus’ SWFT (Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission) system for ID purposes. Meanwhile, we heard news from NuData, which is aiming its behavioral biometrics at the healthcare vertical.

Navy Hospital to Integrate Corvus Biometric System

NuData Aims Biometrics at Healthcare Data


rp_62157982_thumbnail2-e1434567624147-300x176.jpgIn mobility last week we saw Crossmatch winning a GSN award for its Verifier Sentry handheld device and a major order of Precise Biometrics’ Tactivo units by the US Navy. As far as smartphones are concerned, we heard some rosy predictions regarding the sales of the newest iPhones (which sport second gen Touch ID) and got our first glimpse of Xaiomi’s upcoming  flagship handset, which will once again feature biometric authentication.

iPhone 6S Poised To Break Records

Xiaomi Sticks With Biometrics

Crossmatch Handheld Device Wins GSN Award

Major Tactivo Order Placed By US Navy


Credit CardsLloyds Banking Group began supporting Apple Pay last week while Android Pay began rolling out across the US. That said, the biggest news in biometrics and finance last week was Visa’s introduction of a new specification concerning biometric EMV chips.

Here are last week’s’ top commerce stories:

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

Visa Introduces Biometric EMV Chip Specification

Android Pay Gets US Launch

Conference Season

GIS logoAs we enter the fall so do we also find ourselves surrounded by industry conferences. This week FindBiometrics will be attending the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Flrodia, where we’ve been promised the launch of a new video analytics system from Morpho (Safran). Corvus will be showcasing its FaceCube solution there too. Unisys was at the Americas Analyst and Advisor Summit in Dallas last week where it launched an upgraded product line, including a service based security platform featuring multimodal biometrics.

GIS: Morpho to Launch Sophisticated Video Analysis System

IBM Gives Corvus FaceCube a Platform at GIS

Unisys Launches Upgraded Product Line

Eyes, Faces, Voices

iris biometricsSpeaking of multiple modalities, last week brought its share of face, voice, iris and eye vein recognition news. EyeVerify shared the results of three independent studies demonstrating the accuracy of its Eyeprint ID solutions, while iris biometrics specialist Tascent announced that it rose $18.5 million in series A funding. Rumors surfaced regarding the potential of Siri having voice recognition on the new Apple iOS 9 and we also reported on a consumer facing facial reciogntion powered door lock.

Facial Recognition Door Lock Aims at Consumer Market

EyeVerify Accuracy Demonstrated by Studies

Hey Siri, Authenticate My Voice

Tascent Raises $18.5m in Series A Funding

People and Biometrics


Celeste Thomasson, CEO of MorphoTrak, received a Women in Biometric Identity Award.

Last week MorphoTrak CEO Celeste Thomasson was counted among the recipients of an award celebrating women in the biometrics industry. Meanwhile, EyeLock announced the appointment of three new executives.

MorphoTrak CEO Wins Women in Biometric Identity Award

EyeLock Appoints Three New Execs


Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the week as we continue to bring you the best in identity management news. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing. Don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming webinar Biometrics, National ID & the Future of Global Identity, which will close out National ID Month next Wednesday.

September 21, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter