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FedID 2018: Government Biometrics and Hurricane Relief

FedID 2018: Government Biometrics and Hurricane Relief

For the better part of this millennium, the US government’s use of biometrics has been largely framed in the context of anti-terrorism. The serious investments in biometric border initiatives and law enforcement after the September 11 terror attacks led to the realization of such breakthroughs as Biometric Entry/Exit, the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, and…

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HID Global Acquires Crossmatch

HID Global Acquires Crossmatch

“Adding Crossmatch to our company will extend HID’s market leadership in the trusted identity space and allow us to fulfill the promise of biometrics in critical identity applications.” –Stefan Widing, President and CEO, HID Global ASSA ABLOY, the parent company of HID Global, has acquired secure identity solutions provider Crossmatch. In announcing the acquisition, the…

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IDEX, Chinese Card Solutions Provider to Trial Biometric Card Tech

IDEX, Chinese Card Solutions Provider to Trial Biometric Card Tech

“The increasing popularity of card payments in Asia, in conjunction with the growing preference towards biometrics, has created the perfect storm for this partnership with Hengbao, a very influential player in the Asian market.” – Stan Swearingen, CEO, IDEX Biometrics IDEX Biometrics has a big new partner in its escalating efforts to promote its biometric card…

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What The Death of Touch ID Means for Mobile Biometrics

What The Death of Touch ID Means for Mobile Biometrics

Ever since Apple introduced the world to its Face ID facial recognition system with the launch of its iPhone X last autumn, there have been rumors and speculation that Face ID would quickly become Apple’s primary biometric authentication system, at least on the iPhone. And last week, Apple confirmed those rumors, unveiling three new iPhones,…

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2018 Women in Biometrics Awards Nominations Now Open

2018 Women in Biometrics Awards Nominations Now Open

“From face scanning at the airport to iris authentication on your smartphone, biometrics technology is an increasingly prominent part of everyday life. And yet half the population – women – are still underrepresented in the biometrics industry. This imbalance has real consequences, with an MIT Media Lab study having shown prominent facial recognition systems are more…

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IDEX Biometrics Gets First Order for Biometric Card Tech

IDEX Biometrics Gets First Order for Biometric Card Tech

“We are incredibly proud to have reached this very important milestone with our strategic partner. The order marks the start of the industrialization phase for biometric cards, and is the result of years of dedication and hard work and is validation of IDEX’s leadership position in this very innovative market.” -Stan Swearingen, CEO, IDEX Biometrics…

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BRIEF: The Growth of Consumer-Facing Biometrics

BRIEF: The Growth of Consumer-Facing Biometrics

The biometrics industry has seen explosive growth over the last several years, thanks in large part to advancements in technology and a growing awareness of the need for sophisticated biometric security in the years since 9/11. Government has therefore been a key driver of the market, across a wide range of sectors and applications. But…

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Government Biometrics Month 2018: The Ascent of Biometric Border Control

Government Biometrics Month 2018: The Ascent of Biometric Border Control

Biometric border control is not a new concept. At its most basic level, in fact, border control has always been biometric, with authorities comparing travelers’ faces to the images in their passports and other identity documents. That work was done by humans, of course, but the technological sophistication that has been attained in the field…

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iBeta is First Lab Accredited for FIDO’s Biometrics Component Certification Program

iBeta is First Lab Accredited for FIDO’s Biometrics Component Certification Program

“By meeting the rigorous FIDO Alliance training and testing process to become the first accredited biometrics test lab, iBeta has augmented our already mature biometrics testing program to include the FIDO standards certification efforts.” -Gail Audette, Program Manager, iBeta Colorado-based iBeta Quality Assurance has become the first lab accredited for the FIDO Alliance‘s Biometrics Component…

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Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

The government sector has long been a key driver – if not the key driver – of the biometrics market. But with biometric technologies having advanced by leaps and bounds over the last few years, the applications and deployments that are taking place now are more exciting than ever. This is all going to get…

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FIDO Announces Biometrics Certification Program

FIDO Announces Biometrics Certification Program

 “As an organization that is driven by our members’ real-world business requirements, and already experienced at delivering globally scalable high-quality certification programs, the FIDO Alliance was the organization our members chose to fill this gap in the market.” – Brett McDowell, Executive Director, FIDO Alliance The FIDO Alliance is launching its own certification program for…

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Sir Richard Branson to Talk AI and FinTech at Money20/20

Sir Richard Branson to Talk AI and FinTech at Money20/20

Money20/20 has announced a high-profile addition to its lineup of keynote speakers: Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group. Branson’s participation comes by way of a partnership with artificial intelligence specialist Feedzai, whose CEO, Nuno Sebastiao, will interview Branson onstage. Their talk is entitled, “Nuno & Sir Richard: New Tech, New Banks, New…

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In New York, Facial Recognition Debate Goes to School

In New York, Facial Recognition Debate Goes to School

Prompted by an outcry from the New York Civil Liberties Union, officials with New York State Department of Education and the Lockport City School District are trying to hammer out the protocols for a new school security system based on facial and object recognition. The system, called “Aegis”, is being provided by Canadian firm SN…

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New Partnership and $19.5M Series B Raise Tascent’s Profile

New Partnership and $19.5M Series B Raise Tascent’s Profile

“The company has just closed a $19.5 million series-B funding round led by NEC Corporation and Tano Capital, and featuring contributions from Min Aik Technology Co., Ltd.” Tascent is enjoying a rising profile on the back of a major collaborative partnership and successful funding round. The company’s latest partner is First Advantage, a background check and…

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DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft together made unlikely partners in a recent joint briefing to the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The briefing revolved around the efforts taken by these organizations to prevent the kind of meddling seen…

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NEXT Biometrics Licenses Neurotechnology Fingerprint Algorithm

NEXT Biometrics Licenses Neurotechnology Fingerprint Algorithm

“The software license from Neurotechnology helps customers quickly tailor their products for specific requirements. In doing this, we’re enabling our them to bring their biometric solutions to market faster and placing more of our advanced sensor technology directly at the fingertips of end-users.” – Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics NEXT Biometrics has licensed a fingerprint…

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INTERVIEW: Duane Blackburn on Biometrics and Government at FedID 2018

INTERVIEW: Duane Blackburn on Biometrics and Government at FedID 2018

Every September the biometrics industry converges on the Federal Identity Forum & Exposition, otherwise known as FedID—the key identity technology conference for the federal government. After a year in Washington, DC, the conference has returned to Tampa, Florida for a week of high-level thought leadership, education and networking catered to the biometrics, government and identity…

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