Last week at FindBiometrics we saw Border Control & National ID Month culminate in the expert webinar, Biometrics and the New Era of National Security and Border Control. Our featured topics were in the industry news too as we began preparations to head to China, where this week we will be bringing you reporting from the floor of Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
Here’s a look back on all of last week’s top stories in biometrics:
National ID & Border Control Month
Last Wednesday marked the most recent entry in our renowned webinar series, Biometrics and the New Era of National Security and Border Control. The webcast brought together industry leading experts to discuss the the current and future state of biometrics in national security and border control applications.
In the industry news, we saw border control take a prominent role, with Vision-Box announcing two new ABC deployments, and the Department of Homeland Security appealing to the industry for aid in the next steps toward the (what some might call long overdue) biometric exit program in the US. National ID made headlines as well, with mobile first biometric ID potentially on its way to Norway, students in Nigeria scheduled to received biometric ID cards, and an update on the UNHCR’s use of biometrics to help refugees keep their identities.
Mobile World Congress in China, America
Last week GSMA announced that it will be holding the first ever Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas in 2017. The news came in advance of MWC Shanghai, where, this week, FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill will be moderating two sessions on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Stay tuned to FindBiometrics as we bring you the identity-centric news straight out of Shanghai.
Face and Voice Recognition
IBIA announced that it supports NTIA’s recently published best practices for facial recognition last week, while Windows demonstrated face and voice biometrics on its FamilyNotes app. Speaking of voice, Sensory launched its latest TrulyHandsfree SDK in advance of the company’s attendance of MWC Shanghai.
In physical access control news last week we saw Suprema showcasing its Bioentry W2 and BioStar TA solutions at IFSEC 2016, while its operating partner BioConnect announced an integration with Multi-Health Systems. SRI was in attendance at IFSEC last week too, demonstrating its IOM access control tablet.
The ride-share background check controversy continued to be a fixture of the news last week, with America’s TLPA throwing its voice into the call for mandated fingerprinting on all drivers in taxi-like services. Fingerprints, law enforcement, and cars also converged in another way, with Australian police examining biometric ignition locks as a method of restricting automobile access for drivers who’ve had licenses suspended. The FBI, meanwhile, signed a contract with InCadence with an eye for mobile Android-based biometric capture software. Here’s how biometrics and law enforcement made the news last week:
In fingerprint news, last week saw Fingerprint Cards launch a new touch sensor aimed to serve the entry-level smartphone market segment while it also announced yet another fingerprint sensor integration, this time on the LG X Mach. Synaptics launched an evaluation kit meant to help bring its fingerprint sensors to automotive applications, and Jenetrec won first place honors at the IQ Innovation Award Central Germany event for its LiveTouch quattro fingerprint scanner.
IARPA is starting an anti-spoofing research and development program, we learned last week. Meanwhile, new industry market research came in detailing computer vision, voice interaction and fingerprint biometrics value added resellers.
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.
June 27, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter