Last week at FindBiometrics we continued our featured focus on biometrics in education while the industry news was filled with fingerprints, voter ID, access control and impressive Q2 financial updates.
Here is a look back on the week in identity management:
As students in North America prepare to head back to school, we at FindBiometrics are focusing our attention on the biometric solutions many of them will be encountering on a day-to-day basis. Last week we took a look at the controversy that inevitably comes with introducing new technologies in schools, examining the high-profile student biometrics ban in Florida and how consumer identity tech can help curb acceptance rates in the future. Meanwhile, a new report had us shining a positive light on the sector, with research forecasting major growth in the United States for education sector biometrics.
In fingerprints news last week mobility was the name of the game. Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics both found their way on to the new smartphone from ZUK, and new rumors had us imagining two upcoming Nexus handsets with sensors of their own. Meanwhile NEXT Biometrics received a follow up order from a US client, Goodix bolstered its Silicon Valley presence and Precise scored another Tactivo order from the Department of Defense.
The Philippines elections commission was in the news again last week as it endeavors to register its remaining voters’ biometrics for the coming 2016 election. Pakistan has also turned to biometic voter registration, but rather than scramble to enroll its voters before its next election, the country’s commission is aiming for a slower rollout. National ID was also in the news last week with HID Global being singled out by GSN for its successful project in Angola.
In the world of biometric finance last week mobility took the spotlight, with an Australian bank supporting Touch ID, the strategic alignment of NEXT Biometrics and iWallet, and the announcement of the first wearable payment authenticated with cardiac biometrics thanks to the Nymi Band.
The FBI opened a new research center aimed at advancing biometric technology on its Clarksburg campus in West Virginia last week. According to a new report from Technavio the time is very opportune for such a commitment as the biometrics industry is in the midst of booming. Meanwhile, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced its investigation into the use of biometric identification technology used by the San Diego Police Department.
Physical Access Control
In access control news last week Suprema upgraded the RF card capabilities on the BioStation 2 physical access control solution. Covetek, a biometrics and security company, was promoting its biometric access control systems in the Australian market last week as well.
CLEAR continued its spread into sports stadiums last week with the announcement that its biometric screening and eGate solution will be fast tracking fans entering Yankee Stadium. A biometric border screening bill passed in Australia, meanwhile, allowing for the collection of biometric data from children in the name of fighting international terrorism. In the meantime, US congressman Mike Honda planned a visit to Crossmatch headquarters so to better understand the technology and how it can protect against cyber attacks.
An Impressive Quarter
Finally, last week also marked the fiscal updates of both BIO-key International and ImageWare Systems, each of which listed impressive numbers and shed light on promising developments for each of their respective futures.
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August 17, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter