News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, Passwords

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued with our 13th annual Year in Review coverage—looking at liveness detection, education and passwords—while mobility, border control and finance made up the majority of the headlines.

Here’s a look back on the week that was in global identity management:

Year in Review

News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, PasswordsWeek two of our 13th annual Biometrics Year in Review saw us examining what our group of surveyed industry professionals think about the importance of liveness detection for the sake of consumer facing markets, whether we can look forward to a passwordless 2020, and how much the industry needs to focus on educating the public about strong authentication.

Follow the links below to delve deeper into these three major topics of 2015, and stay posted to our featured articles section as we continue to deconstruct our Year in Review survey results.

Biometrics Year in Review: The Need for Liveness Detection

Biometrics Year in Review: Password Date of Death

Biometrics Year in Review: The Importance of Education

Mobile Biometrics

News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, PasswordsMorpho (Safran) made the mobile biometrics news last week with the company clearly signalling an interest in bringing authentication tech to smartphones and tablets. Further to its stated intention, Morpho also announced that it will be providing its technology and services to Indian mobile network operator Airtel to enroll subscribers. Entertech Systems made mobile news too, with a blog post on opportunities for biometrics in the Internet of Things.

We heard from Valencell, which is growing along with the wearable tech market, and we reported on BioID’s new facial recognition app for iPhones and iPads. Here are last week’s top mobile biometrics news stories:

Morpho to Explore Mobile Authentication

Morpho to Use Aadhaar To Enroll Airtel Subscribers

Entertech Sees Biometric Opportunity in IoT

BioID Launches Facial Recognition App on iOS

Wearables Market Grows, So Does Valencell

Border Control

News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, PasswordsIn border control news last week we saw the launch of a biometric screening trial at the US-Mexico border, an automated baggage system in a New Zealand airport, and the announcement that Turkey will begin issuing biometric passports in the new year. We also received news from Crossmatch, whose livescan technology is helping manage Germany’s influx of refugees during this time of global crisis, and in Malaysia we heard a call for biometric screening at all ASEAN borders.

Check out last week’s biggest border control stories below:

CBP Launches Biometric Screening Trial at US-Mexico Border

Auckland Airport Introduces Biometric Baggage System

German Officials Deploy Crossmatch Tech at Refugee Centers

Deputy PM of Malaysia Calls for Biometric Screening at All ASEAN Borders

Turkey to Issue Biometric Passports in 2016


News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, PasswordsWe received an update from Smartmatic last week on how the company’s technology proved to be a great help in the recent Venezuelan election. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the court battle around reopening the biometric enrollment for its upcoming 2016 election continued.

Philippines Supreme Court Denies Petition to Extend Biometric Registration Period for Voters

Court Battle Continues Over Biometric Voting in Philippines

Smartmatic Tech Ensures Smooth, Credible Election Process in Venezuela


News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, PasswordsFinTech continued to be a fixture through the second week of December, with SamsungPay and Apple Pay taking up the mobile wallet side of the news. EyeVerify announced it will be showing off its Eyeprint ID tech at FinovateEurope, and we reported on the modality’s inclusion on Mountain America’s mobile app. The National Payments Corporation of India, meanwhile, is set to trial iris recognition for banking services.

Read about those and more stop stories by following the links below:

Samsung Pay Scores Gift Card Support

Apple Pay Still Finding Friction Down Under

Morpho Acquires mPayment Startup AirTag

EyeVerify to Showcase Eyeprint ID at FinovateEurope

Boxever Survey Suggests Biometrics’ Potential in Customer Loyalty

Mountain America Credit Union Enables Touch ID, Eyeprint ID Mobile Login

NPCI to Trial Iris Scanning for Banking


Biometric Authentication BannersImageWare Systems signed contract to continue to provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with biometric technology, including access control solutions. Speaking of access, Symantec has had enough of passwords and, judging by the new security tools it has slated for 2016, it thinks biometrics can be part of a solution to the problem.

Symantec Is Replacing Passwords

ImageWare To Continue Supporting Dept. of Veterans Affairs


News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, Passwords

In fingerprint news last week we saw Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announce its optimistic 2016 revenue guidance, while NEXT Biometrics announced that it will be making its Bors stock exchange debut this coming Thursday. We also saw SecuGen launching a biometric development platform, which incorporates a FAP 20 fingerprint sensor, and BitFlow began promoting a new fingerprint scanning system.

FPC Has High Expectations for 2016

BitFlow Backs FF-OCT Fingerprint Scanning System

NEXT Biometrics to Make Bors Debut Next Week

SecuGen Launches Biometric Development Platform


News Roundup: Education, Liveness Detection, PasswordsRounding out the news last week we had healthcare applications and vital biometrics making headlines. Fulcrum Biometrics announced that its biometric authentication solution has been deployed at Clarity Child Guidance Center in San Antonio, Texas. Olea Sensor Networks, meanwhile, announced the vital biometrics solutions it will be showing off at CES in a few weeks, and BioIQ integrated another health management solution into its population health platform.

Biometric Tech Improves Efficiency in Child Wellness Center

BioIQ Platform Integrates eDoc4U Health Advisory System

Olea Announces Vital Biometrics Lineup for CES


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.

December 14, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter