This week’s roundup of the top FindBiometrics stories touches on everything from mobile IDs and airport screening to the recent influx of venture capital in facial recognition. We also take a look at the latest additions to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) list of approved security products.
Our top story is the phenomenal interest in facial recognition technology. Venture capitalists have already invested around $525 million in facial recognition in the first half of 2021. Mobile biometrics and remote onboarding are driving much of that growth, though there are still some lingering privacy and security concerns about the widespread use of facial recognition.
IDEMIA has released a new white paper (and a new webinar) that detail the benefits of Mobile ID technology. Mobile IDs allow people to replace physical documents like driver’s licenses with digital equivalents that can be stored on a smartphone. Those documents can then be protected with device biometrics to provide users with a higher level of security and convenience.
Ping Identity will be looking to pick up more clients in the government sector now that its PingFederate and PingAccess solutions have been added to DHS’ Approved Products List (APL) for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM). The designation indicates that both solutions meet the strict access control requirements for public federal institutions.
Up next, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport has deployed dozens of self-service biometric terminals from Collins Aerospace. People can use their own smartphones to interact with those terminals, which means that the installation will enable contactless check-in, baggage drop, and boarding for travelers at the airport.
Our final story offers some evidence to support our first story, and helps explain why there has been so much interest in facial recognition tech. Jumio reported that its sales were up 150 percent in the second quarter of the year. Those numbers speak to the demand for remote identity verification options in the wake of COVID-19.
Keep reading FindBiometrics to learn more about the latest developments from the exciting world of biometrics. You can also visit our sibling site Mobile ID World to hear the latest about digital identity.
July 24, 2021 – by Eric Weiss