Corporate news and facial recognition are the big themes in this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top stories, which includes one of the biggest pieces of M&A news the biometrics industry has seen in some time.
That, of course, is Microsoft’s announcement that it’s buying Nuance Communications in a deal valued at $16 billion. The tech giant indicated that it is primarily interested in Nuance’s solutions for clinical dictation in the healthcare sector, but the companies also share an overlapping interest in biometric security, with Nuance’s voice recognition technology being an important component of its portfolio:
In other corporate news, Jumio announced the appointment of a new Chief Product Officer this week. Bala Kumar comes to the company from TransUnion, where he ended his term as Vice President of Products, Fraud & Identity Solutions. In appointing him as Jumio’s new CPO, CEO Robert Prigge suggested that Kumar will play an important role in the company’s next growth phase:
Keeping one foot in the C-suite, we can pivot to the other major theme of this week’s most popular articles – face biometrics. Readers showed a lot of interest in a new interview with Kevin Alan Tussy, the CEO of one of the biggest names in face-based authentication, FaceTec. And he offered some in-depth insights into the importance of liveness detection in the wake of a major hack attack in China:
INTERVIEW: FaceTec CEO Kevin Alan Tussy On the New Security Threats Facing Biometric Liveness Detection
Meanwhile, another major biometrics specialist got some attention with its launch of a new immunity passport solution. IDEMIA’s Health Travel Pass uses facial recognition to link a given user to their official COVID-19 vaccination or test records, and is verified with a Visible Digital Seal from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO):
And finally, on the darker side of the industry, this week brought some controversial news about police use of facial recognition for identification. Readers were understandably interested in a report exposing the NYPD’s rampant use of Clearview AI’s internet-trawling facial recognition platform, in contradiction of the police force’s own denials about having made formal arrangements with the company:
Stay posted to FindBiometrics next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of biometrics. To see the hottest stories of the week in mobile digital identity, visit our sibling site Mobile ID World.
April 17, 2021 – by Alex Perala