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BioConnect Opens New Biometric Innovation Hub

BioConnect Opens New Biometric Innovation Hub

The Toronto-based biometric security specialist BioConnect has officially opened its BioConnect Labs innovation hub. BioConnect Labs will be focused primarily on R&D, and will work to develop new biometric security solutions for digital and physical spaces. The lab itself is a collaborative initiative with public and private support, including a $3.9 million investment from FedDev…

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First Look: FindBiometrics Goes Hands-On with ZoOm 8 from FaceTec

First Look: FindBiometrics Goes Hands-On with ZoOm 8 from FaceTec

What We Got Our Hands On: ZoOm is a contactless, AI-driven, 100-percent software authentication solution based on 3D face biometrics captured via standard front-facing selfie cameras and webcams. ZoOm can be used for digital and physical access applications, promising 10-second enrollment and 2-second authentication times. It can be employed for user onboarding, user authentication, liveness…

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Aware Inc. Takes the Spotlight in This Week’s Top Stories

Aware Inc. Takes the Spotlight in This Week’s Top Stories

This week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ most popular articles finds one standout topic in the form of a company: Aware, Inc. Aware is, of course, a leading provider of biometric authentication solutions, including its mobile-focused Knomi SDK package. The company has lately seen some important changes to its executive team, including the appointment of a new…

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Face Biometrics Month: Controversy Over Surveillance – But Not Authentication

Face Biometrics Month: Controversy Over Surveillance – But Not Authentication

Just a few years ago, the kind of biometric technology most familiar to everyday consumers was probably fingerprint recognition, thanks to the explosion of fingerprint sensors across a wide range of smartphones. But today, there’s a different modality in the spotlight: facial recognition. And sometimes that light isn’t very flattering. Much of the credit for…

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INTERVIEW: Bob Eckel, Former MorphoTrust USA Head and Aware’s New CEO

INTERVIEW: Bob Eckel, Former MorphoTrust USA Head and Aware’s New CEO

In September, biometric authentication specialist Aware, Inc. announced a couple of C-suite changes, including the appointment of former IDEMIA executive Bob Eckel as the company’s new CEO. Now, Eckel has offered some insight into why he decided to take on this new adventure in an interview with FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill, not only providing some…

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ID Talk Podcast: Paravision’s CEO and CPO Discuss AI, Face Biometrics and More

ID Talk Podcast: Paravision’s CEO and CPO Discuss AI, Face Biometrics and More

November is Face Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics – a four week event in which we are delving into the history, the technology, the promise and the controversy around facial recognition in identification and authentication scenarios. That’s why, on the latest episode of the ID Talk Podcast, we welcome Paravision’s CEO Doug Aley and the company’s…

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BIO-key Opens New African Subsidiary

BIO-key Opens New African Subsidiary

BIO-key has opened a new African subsidiary in Nigeria. BIO-key Africa will operate under the leadership of Managing Director Maduawuchi “Steve” Uwazie, and will handle local sales and government relations while building new biometric products specifically for the African market.  “Though we have conducted business in Africa for years, BIO-key Africa serves as a local…

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The 2019 Biometrics Year in Review Survey Arrives at a Critical Time

The 2019 Biometrics Year in Review Survey Arrives at a Critical Time

As another big year in the biometrics industry reaches its conclusion, it’s time once again to reflect on the state of the art through FindBiometrics’ Year in Review survey. Now in its 17th year, the Year in Review survey is the biggest of its kind in the biometrics industry. Thanks to FindBiometrics’ unique readership of…

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Viisights Receives $10 Million in Series-A Funding

Viisights Receives $10 Million in Series-A Funding

The Israeli startup Viisights has received $10 million in a round of Series-A funding led by Canada’s Awz Ventures. Viisights is a behavioral recognition specialist and the developer of the Viisights Wise solution, which uses AI to analyze video surveillance footage in real time. Unlike traditional object recognition platforms that can only identify discreet objects,…

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BIPA Suit Filed Against Amazon Web Services

BIPA Suit Filed Against Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the subject of a lawsuit for violating the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA). This is the latest in a string of BIPA violation suits filed against major corporations in the state of Illinois, where the act aims to protect individuals from having their biometric data recorded, stored, or used without…

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Bipartisan Bill Would Limit Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Bipartisan Bill Would Limit Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A pair of senators from both sides of the political aisle have tabled a new bill that would place restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies. The Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act — sponsored by Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) — would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant and…

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This Week’s Top Stories: Mobile Biometrics, Startup Funding, Wearables, and More

This Week’s Top Stories: Mobile Biometrics, Startup Funding, Wearables, and More

The biometrics industry spans across a number of technologies, sectors, and verticals, and this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top articles once again runs the gamut. If there is one dominant theme in this week’s roster, it may be mobile biometrics, which feature heavily in two of FindBiometrics’ most-read articles. One was our latest in-depth feature…

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VSBLTY and Energetika Deploy First Surveillance Kits in Mexico City

VSBLTY and Energetika Deploy First Surveillance Kits in Mexico City

VSBLTY and Energetika have moved on to the deployment phase of their smart city partnership in Mexico City. The two companies first joined forces back in June, working together to develop a surveillance solution that pairs Energetika’s smart lighting tech with VSBLTY’s crowd analytics and facial recognition platform. The resulting security kits contain wireless alarms,…

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U.S. Navy Starts Using Biometric Signatures in Effort to go Paperless

U.S. Navy Starts Using Biometric Signatures in Effort to go Paperless

The United States Navy has begun using biometric signatures for their recruitment process in an effort to increase speed and efficiency, and reduce the amount of paper used when enlisting Sailors. Prior to October 1st, Navy recruitment officers were required to obtain a ‘wet’ signature – using pen and ink on paper – on numerous…

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Face Biometrics Month: The Apple Effect and the Mainstreaming of Face Authentication

Face Biometrics Month: The Apple Effect and the Mainstreaming of Face Authentication

Fingerprint scanning is now a familiar and even mainstream concept among consumers today, thanks largely to the mobile biometrics revolution, which has seen the fingerprint sensor emerge as a standard feature on smartphones over the past several years. That trend is generally thought to have been catalyzed by Apple, which made fingerprint authentication a flagship…

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Elektra Labs Announces $2.9M in Seed Funding, New Atlas Platform

Elektra Labs Announces $2.9M in Seed Funding, New Atlas Platform

Elektra Labs, a healthcare security company, recently announced a $2.9 million seed funding round led by Maverick Ventures, along with the launch of Atlas, a platform for cataloging connected monitoring technologies. Atlas aims to simplify the evaluation of biometric tracking tools — fitness trackers and other medical tech wearables, for example — for clinical use…

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Aerendir and SiFive Team Up to Make On-Device AI More Affordable

Aerendir and SiFive Team Up to Make On-Device AI More Affordable

Aerendir is teaming up with SiFive in an effort to make AI more affordable for device manufacturers. The partnership anticipates that there will be a rising demand for IoT technology following the launch of commercial 5G networks. To that end, Aerendir will leverage SiFive’s RISC-V Core to provide manufacturers with cost-effective on-device AI. The technology…

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Tactilis Provides Biometric Smart Cards for Identity Pilot in Madeira

Tactilis Provides Biometric Smart Cards for Identity Pilot in Madeira

The Government of Madeira is moving forward with the pilot of the “Smart Island” digital identity program in collaboration with Tactilis. Madeira is an autonomous group of Portuguese islands off the coast of North Africa with a population of approximately 300,000 people. A consortium of Madeira’s leading systems integrators has placed an initial order for…

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