News Roundup: Governments Stick With Biometrics

Last week at FindBiometrics governments from all around the world decided to double down on biometrics as we concluded our Healthcare Month with an investigation into remote care solutions. The rest of the headlines were diverse in nature as we officially entered summer talking about smartphones, physical access control, border control and much more.

Here is a look back on the week that was.


News Roundup: Governments Stick With BiometricsLast week the news was dominated by governments from around the world continuing to back their biometric solutions, sometimes in the face of criticism. Israel extended its biometric ID trial, Malaysia was urged by the UN to use biometrics to track refugees, and India committed to its continued biometric screening of visa applicants. Elsewhere, the Philippines is readying for its next election and demanding that voters be biometrically registered as a requirement for participation in the vote, while in New York the government’s use of facial recognition has shown to be on the rise.

India Sticks with Biometric Screening for Visa Applicants

‘No Biometrics, No Vote’: Philippines’ Election Commission

Israel Extends Biometric ID Trial Ahead of Scathing Report

Malaysia Urged to Adopt Biometric IDs for Refugee Crisis

Government Use of Facial Recognition Deepens in New York

Physical Access

Biometric Access ControlIn physical access control news last week we saw a new partnership between EnterTech Systems and Digitus Biometrics that stands to offer strong authentication based security to data centers. Meanwhile FST Biometrics was selected to offer its unique multimodal access control system, IMID, to protect the Israel Diamond Exchange.

Here is how biometrics were locking things up last week.

EnterTech and Digitus Team Up, Offer Data Center Security

Israel Diamond Exchange Selects IMID for Security


SmartphonesIn mobility last week, Apple had the rumor mill abuzz with murmurings of a biometric touchscreen that can scan a user’s fingerprints. Things heated up a few days later with reports of a patent for fingerprint scanning pixels from the Cupertino company. Synaptics, meanwhile found its fingerprint sensor on a new smartphone offered through NTT DoCoMo and leaked images suggest the next Meizu device will be sporting a sensor of its own.

Synaptics’ Fingerprint Sensor is on New DoCoMo Phone

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Could Touchscreen Touch ID Be On Its Way?

Looks Like Biometrics for Next Meizu Device

Time and Attendance

While Time & Attendance Month may be long over, the area of application is still making headlines. Last week we reported on a government initiative in Nigeria aiming to crack down on ghost workers.

Biometrics Cleaning Up Civic Payroll In Nigeria


AirportsAirports are quickly becoming a veritable hive for new biometric technology, and if a new solution from Thales catches on, robots will be a part of that new tech proliferation too. Of course, with all the privacy concerns that have made biometrics in public spaces controversial, any airports aiming to deploy the tech in a screening capacity are advised to follow in the footsteps of Dulles International Airport. The Washington hub was singled out for its thoughtful approach to broaching the privacy topic.

Thales Airport Solution Has Robot Check Biometrics

CBP Takes Cautious Privacy Approach in Airport Screening


LibraryTwo news items had use considering the academic world last week, albeit in contrasting scenarios. An Australian academic called for the the restriction of online biometrics, while a professor from Clarkson University initiated a contest in search of liveness detection technology for iris recognition.

Australian Academic Calls for Restriction of Online Biometrics

Clarkson University Calls For Iris Liveness Detection


tumblr_n5qzgsZfO41tbxd4lo1_1280Facebook’s DeepFace technology was in the news again last week with the surprising news that its facial recognition software can detect obscured faces in photos. In Law enforcement news an Orange County crime lab embraced innovation by formally launching its MorphoBIS system. We talked behavioral biometrics with a new note of renown for NuData Security’s anti-fraud solutions and Crossmatch announced that it has enhanced its DigitalPersona Altus multi-factor authentication platform.

Here are last weeks stories with biometric innovation at their core:

Facebook’s Biometrics Can ID Obscured Faces

OC Crime Lab Formally Launches MorphoBIS System

Aite Highlights NuData as Leader Behavioral Analytics

Crossmatch Enhances Multi-Factor Authentication Platform


In the world of research we had two notable news items last week. A new report on the facial recognition market has it set to hit enormous highs a decade from now, while another, on the biometrics market as a whole, predicts that 2015 will end up being transformative for biometric technology.

Facial Recognition Revenues to Hit $882.5 Million by 2024

2015 Will be Transformational Year for Biometrics: Report


Stay posted to FindBiometrics this 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 beat.

June 29, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter