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.
Last 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.
In 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.
In 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.
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.
Airports 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.
Two 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.
Facebook’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:
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.
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June 29, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter