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INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently had the chance to speak with Joe Rosenkantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The facial recognition company had an excellent 2015, and with the year coming to a close, O’Neill got the CEO’s perspective on what has been driving this success. The conversation spans a range of topics: biometrics in law enforcement and…

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Sensory CEO Todd Mozer on TrulySecure 2.0

Sensory CEO Todd Mozer on TrulySecure 2.0

TrulySecure 2.0 was released this morning and I recently had a chance to speak with Sensory’s CEO, Todd Mozer, about what’s new with this latest update. New And Improved TrulySecure is one of the flagship biometric solutions from Sensory, Inc. A biometric software platform, TrulySecure offers face and voice based biometric authentication on mobile devices, leveraging…

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INTERVIEW: Peter Went, CEO, WCC

INTERVIEW: Peter Went, CEO, WCC

Interview with Peter Went, CEO, WCC Smart Search and Match Identity goes beyond biometrics, and in the global identity management industry we are beginning to see a shift toward a broader, more accurate understanding of who an individual is. This is thanks, in large part,  to the reemergence of biographics as an important identifier. FindBiometrics…

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INTERVIEW: MorphoTrak’s Celeste Thomasson and Steve Vinsik

INTERVIEW: MorphoTrak’s Celeste Thomasson and Steve Vinsik

Interview with Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO and Steve Vinsik, Vice President & General Manager, Criminal Justice and Public Security, MorphoTrak Recently, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had the opportunity to speak with Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO of MorphoTrak (Safran), as well as Steve Vinsik, the company’s Vice President & General Manager of Criminal Justice and Public…

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Interview with Håkan Persson, CEO, Precise Biometrics

Interview with Håkan Persson, CEO, Precise Biometrics

This past year has been incredible in terms of fingerprint sensor adoption in the mobile device markets. Rarely a week has gone by in recent months without the announcement of another flagship, mid level or low price smartphone that will be shipping with an embedded biometric fingerprint reader. At the center of it all, Precise…

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Smartmatic: The Future of Elections is Digital

Smartmatic: The Future of Elections is Digital

Elections commissions from around the world are increasingly adopting technology to improve election administration. According to expert Robert Cook, Worldwide Business Support Vice-President for Smartmatic, biometrics and the Internet are two of the technologies that are making elections more transparent and efficient. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill spoke to Robert Cook about the work this London-based…

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Interview: Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO, IriTech

Interview: Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO, IriTech

Peter O’Neill, President of FindBiometrics, recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO of IriTech – an iris biometrics company that will be exhibiting its technologies at the upcoming Global Identity Summit (GIS) in Tampa, and the China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen. The following interview details some of IriTech’s new and upcoming…

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INTERVIEW: Scott Swann, Senior Director for Innovation, MorphoTrak

INTERVIEW: Scott Swann, Senior Director for Innovation, MorphoTrak

Peter O’Neill, President of FindBiometrics, recently had a chance to speak with Scott Swann, Senior Innovation Director at MorphoTrak (Safran). The conversation centers around the workshop that Swann will be moderating at the upcoming Global Identity Summit (GIS) in Tampa, while also going on to examine MorphoTrak’s recent innovations in contactless fingerprint scanning – particularly…

INTERVIEW: Bruce Hanson, CEO, Credence ID

Interview with Bruce Hanson, CEO, Credence ID Mobile ID World President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Bruce Hanson, CEO of Credence ID. Credence has had quite a year so far, with new product launches, major recognition and deployments all across the globe in a range of vertical markets. The following interview begins with a look…

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INTERVIEW: Conor White, President – Americas, Daon

INTERVIEW: Conor White, President – Americas, Daon

Interview with Conor White, Americas Group President, Daon FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Conor White, Americas Group President for Daon. The conversation begins with the company’s successful deployment of biometric security on the USAA mobile banking app, moves on to the company’s recent credit union industry awards, and finishes with an update on…

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INTERVIEW: Richard Agostinelli, CEO, Crossmatch

INTERVIEW: Richard Agostinelli, CEO, Crossmatch

Interview with Richard Agostinelli, CEO, Crossmatch FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Richard Agostinelli, CEO of Crossmatch. The conversation begins with an update on the company’s acquisition of Digital Persona, which was one of last year’s biggest news stories, and continues on about the interest Crossmatch is receiving in its Altus solution thanks to…

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INTERVIEW: FotoNation on the Mobile Biometrics Revolution

INTERVIEW: FotoNation on the Mobile Biometrics Revolution

Interview with Martin George, Sr. Director, Business Development and Sumat Mehra, SVP, Marketing & Business Development: FotoNation FindBiometric president Peter O’Neill recently had the opportunity to speak with Martin George and Sumat Mehra of FotoNation – a company that specializes in providing face recognition and tracking technology for deployment in high-end digital cameras and smartphones. The conversation touches…

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Rajiv Dholakia of Nok Nok Labs on DOCOMO and FIDO

Rajiv Dholakia of Nok Nok Labs on DOCOMO and FIDO

Interview with Rajiv Dholakia, Vice President, Products, Nok Nok Labs The biggest authentication news of the month hit earlier this week with the announcement that NTT DOCOMO, a Japanese mobile network operator, signed on to the FIDO Alliance board of directors. The move signaled many firsts for the Alliance, DOCOMO and the industry as a…

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Interview: Suprema’s Baudouin Genouville

Interview: Suprema’s Baudouin Genouville

Interview with Baudouin Genouville, Global Alliances and Integration Manager, Suprema FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently had a chance to speak with Baudouin Genouville,  global alliances and integration manager at Suprema. After a breif over view of the company’s history and offerings, the interview turns to the secrets behind Suprema’s revenue growth, the impact that Apple’s…

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Interview with Christian Rutigliano of Green Bit

Interview with Christian Rutigliano of Green Bit

Interview with Christian Rutigliano,  International Sales Manager, Green Bit Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, recently had a chance to speak with Christian Rutigliano, the international sales manager of Green Bit, a global fingerprint biometrics company. The conversation begins with an overview of the company’s long and involved history in the fingerprint biometrics market, before going…

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Interview: Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

Interview: Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

Interview with Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, NEXT Biometrics Recently, NEXT Biometrics initiated a study from the University Carlos III of Madrid examining the correlation between fingerprint sensor size and accuracy. The results showed a positive correlation between the two factors: a larger sensor increases the quality of fingerprint identification. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill had a chance…

Interview: MorphoTrak’s Gary Jones

Interview with Gary G. Jones, Business Unit Director: Biometric Access & Time Solutions (BATS), SAFRAN MorphoTrak ISC West begins tomorrow in Las Vegas and, in advance of the physical access control conference and exhibition, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Gary Jones, the business unit director of Biometric Access and Time Solutions at MorphoTrak (Safran).…

Interview: SRI International’s Mark Clifton

Interview with Mark Clifton, President, Products and Solutions Division, SRI International Iris biometrics company SRI International has been making some big waves this year, most recently at Mobile World Congress last month when it announced that Samsung will be integrating its eye scanning technology into mobile devices, validating long standing rumors that the OEM would be commercializing the…

Interview with HID Global’s Paul Butler

Interview with Paul Butler, VP & General Manager, Biometrics, HID Global Last year, one of the biggest news items in terms of business operations was the purchase of Lumidigm by HID Global. Lumidigm’s multispectral fingerprint biometrics technology – which has received particularly extensive deployment in the healthcare and financial markets – is specially designed for…

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Interview: NEC Corporation of America’s Raffie Beroukhim

Interview: NEC Corporation of America’s Raffie Beroukhim

Interview with Raffie Beroukhim, Vice President, General Manager – NEC Biometrics Solutions Division at NEC Corporation of America Recently, NEC Corporation of America (NECAM) announced that its biometric technology ranked first in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation. The accolade is in step with NEC’s long history of successful NIST testing,…

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Interview: Duane Blackburn Co-Chair, GIS Planning Committee

Interview: Duane Blackburn Co-Chair, GIS Planning Committee

Interview with Duane Blackburn, S&T Policy Analyst, the MITRE Corporation, Co-Chair, Global Identity Summit Planning Committee Duane Blackburn, MITRE Corporation’s Science and Technology Policy Analyst, is a co-chair of the Global Identity Summit (GIS) Planning Committee. GIS stands as the largest global biometrics industry gathering in the world, held annually in Tampa, Florida. Last year, Blackburn kicked off…

Biometrics, Privacy and the Internet of Things – Interview With Samsung’s Steven Rahman

Steven Rahman, Director of Technology and Strategy at Samsung, leads a forward thinking team tasked with a critical mission: to secure and develop technology that will maintain the competitiveness of the Samsung platform.  As part of our 12th annual biometrics industry Year in Review, Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, had a chance to speak with Rahman about the state…

Addressing The Biggest Challenge of Going Handsfree – Interview with Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory Inc.

Sensory, Inc. is a company specializing in consumer speech and vision technologies. Founded in 1994, the company offers software-based biometric security solutions that use voice and facial recognition to authenticate users. Sensory will be at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, January 6 through 9 in Las Vegas. Sensory will be showcasing its technology in booth MP25547.…

Addressing The Challenges of Border Control – Interview with Peter Went, CEO, WCC

Throughout November, we at FindBiometrics have been turning our eyes to the border control market as part of Biometric Border Control Month. As part of our month long conversation about the technology protecting national boundaries, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill interviewed Peter Went, the CEO of WCC Search & Match. The discussion begins with an overview…

Germany’s Biometric Border Control – Interview with Georg Hasse of secunet

Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Georg Hasse, Senior Product Manager, Portfolio Electronic Identities at secunet. The conversation deals with secunet’s mission as a biometrics company, its products, and how its technologies are helping Germany achieve automated border control.

Introducing the New Face of Crossmatch: Interview with Richard Agostinelli

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to get the whole scoop on Crossmatch’s new brand identity in an interview with company CEO Richard Agostinelli. The conversation touches on the ideas behind the new identity, some new products from Crossmatch and what 2015 holds for the company.

Interview: Seth Miller, Founder & CEO, IDtech360

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Seth Miller, IDtech360’s founder and CEO, about his business, the need for overseas biometrics companies in America and the specifics of the education market.

Interview with Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe

Last week, Zwipe announced that it and its partner, a little company named MasterCard, have taken on the task of disrupting the payments industry by revealing the world’s first biometric contactless payments card. FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Zwipe CEO Kim Humborstad about the big news.

Interview: Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst

Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, had the chance to interview Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The conversation begins with an examination of the big changes that the facial recognition market has faced in recent years, the increasing growth FaceFirst is seeing in the mobile markets and what we can expect from the company in the near future.

Interview with John Mears, Director of the IBIA

Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with IBIA director John Mears about US biometric entry and exit. The conversation previews an upcoming IBIA document concerning exit and entry processing over the past several years, the importance of biometrics at the border and the public’s learning curve when it comes to automated systems.

Interview with Toby Rush, CEO and Founder of EyeVerify

Peter O’Neill, president of Find Biometrics, had a chance to interview EyeVerify’s CEO and founder, Toby Rush, about his company’s recent $6 million series A funding round, vertical markets and the eyeprint advantage.

Interview with Sunil Kolhekar, President and CEO of manageID

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill (FB), recently had a chance to interview Sunil Kolhekar, president and CEO of manageID (SK). The conversation starts off with an overview of the company and its solutions, going on to describe deployments around the world and what lies in store for manageID in the near future.

Interview: mofiria CEO Satoshi Amagai and Jintaro Nozawa, Fujisoft

findBIOMETRICS, had the chance to interview Satoshi Amagai, president and CEO of mofira, and Jintaro Nozawa, Director and Executive Operating Officer at Fujisoft. The discussion serves as an excellent overview of what each company has to offer in the biometric arena and the verticals ripe for finger vein authentication, as well as how their new partnership will manifest over the next year.

Interview: Won Lee, President and CEO of SecuGen

SecuGenNLPeter O’Neill, president of findBIOMETRICS (fB), recently had the opportunity to interview Won Lee, president and CEO of SecuGen (SG). The discussion begins with an overview of the company history, its product line and business model, before getting into the details of SecuGen’s expansion into India and how the company is going to be making moves in the mobile space.

Interview: Walter Hamilton on Florida Student Biometrics Ban

IBIAnlBill 188 passed legislature a few weeks ago, waiting for the governor’s signature until yesterday when it passed into law. Immediately after it made its way to the governor’s desk, Walter Hamilton, vice-chairman of the IBIA got in touch with findBIOMETRICS in order to discuss the bold anti-biometrics move in Florida.

Mobility Rules: An Interview With BIO-key and IDEX

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BIO-key International recently announced a partnership with IDEX in a commitment to mobile strong authentication. Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with the CEOs of both companies about the current state of mobile biometrics.

Interview With Kim Kristian Humborstad, CEO, Zwipe AS

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What differentiates Zwipe’s two-factor authentication technology is it is implemented entirely on a card platform. The fingerprint scanner is visible on the card surface and when you touch the scanner you activate an algorithm in the card, which will perform a match query with a template also stored on the card. Not only is the biometric verification process executed on the card, but the users biometric information is stored only on the card. This eliminates the need to maintain an external database, which itself can be costly and vulnerable to hackers.

Interview with Mohammed Murad, Vice President of Sales, Iris ID Systems Inc.

iris-id-newsletterOur roadmap is full of new and exciting technologies. We are looking in multiple areas and, as iris recognition grows, vertical applications in markets such as healthcare and within healthcare, time and attendance or patient registration etc. All of those applications are starting to surface and we are trying to focus more on the vertical application side of the business and not just horizontal identity management applications.

Aware Introduces The New Nexa Family of Biometric SDKs – Interview With David Benini, VP Marketing, Aware, Inc.

AwareInterviewThe Nexa algorithms have been in the works in our R&D group for many years, having evolved from our other fingerprint, face, and iris SDK products. The time was right to give them APIs and make them openly available. We’re offering the Nexa SDKs because matching is clearly such a critical component of biometric systems, and until now we could not sufficiently fulfill the need when customers required it. So the main reason for introducing the Nexa SDKs is to round out our product line in a way that makes us better equipped to address our customers’ needs.

Interview with Bob Harbour, Executive Director, Lumidigm

LumidigmNLWhat I have seen during the time that I have been with the IBIA is that biometrics started with largely a government, law enforcement and civil ID focus and that is still important but there is all kinds of evidence over the last few years that people are looking for something other than PINs and passwords for convenient and secure authentication solutions in commercial and consumer markets. Biometrics is crossing all facets of our lives, and with the introduction of the iPhone with the biometric and other smartphones that are soon going to be coming out with biometrics, you’ve got millions of newly habituated biometric users which is going to help with the acclimation of society to use biometrics more freely…

Interview With Alexey Khitrov, President, Speechpro

SpeechProNLVoiceKey.OnePass is an innovative idea that brings together different biometric modalities into a single verification process. The idea here is to make verification in the mobile environment or online as easy as possible while increasing the security. So what we are doing is combining the modalities in the collection process.

Peter O’Neill of findBIOMETRICS interviews Toby Rush, CEO, EyeVerify

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fB: Can you explain the patent situation regarding Eyeprints? I understand you have a couple of patents secured, is that correct?

EV: We currently have five patents issued, six patents pending and we will file many more in 2014. We are the only company in the world that is able to do the Eyeprint. So there are really no competitors today with the Eyeprint. So it is not like we are arguing about whose patents are better, we literally have all the patents surrounding the Eyeprint biometric. We feel very confident in our IP position. So we are going have good control over the modality and be able to shepherd it in these early days of commercialization.

fB: What market segments are you focusing on?

EV: Our focus is mobile centric biometrics. The idea of killing the password has become very popular and that applies across so many different sectors. The markets that will move first are regulated industries such as finance, insurance, public sector and healthcare. Immediate use cases are…

Peter O’Neill-findBIOMETRICS speaks with Raffie Beroukhim, VP, Biometrics Division, NEC Corporation of America

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fB: Let’s start with the big news…Frost and Sullivan just presented the 2014 Best Practices Global Customer Value Leadership Award in strong authentication to NEC. This is one of the most prestigious awards that Frost & Sullivan presents. Can you please tell us about this honor Raffie?

NEC: Yes, thank you Peter. NEC is very proud to be the recipient of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award for our facial recognition including both authentication and identification. In my acceptance speech, I suggested that technologies now a day are not necessarily just viewed by their specifications but how technology is used to solve everyday problems. Increasingly we are seeing threats of terrorism, online and cyber security threats and I believe we shall see increasing uses of facial recognition in solving such online security. Furthermore in a number of other industries including healthcare, retail and education… facial recognition will also play increasingly a larger role. This is why I believe the Frost & Sullivan award is important to us because it doesn’t simply acknowledge the technology but also the value the technology brings to our partners and customers in the industries that…

Interview with Tom Grissen, CEO, Daon

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Over the years, Daon created “Best Practice Guides” to help our customers get the most out of their systems and to ensure our identity platforms would be able to serve nations for well over a decade through a future proof design so they did not become obsolete.

The same thing is happening now in the enterprise space as large corporations running business systems serving these markets are wrestling with similar challenges. As NIST said, “Spoofed websites, stolen passwords and compromised accounts are all symptoms of inadequate authentication methods.” We see these issues in the paper every day. Biometrics is going to happen and become a “must have” technology in the enterprise just as it did across government.

Nearly every large enterprise with whom I have met has named biometrics as one of their “top 4” new technology agenda items. This comes as no surprise since Gartner has forecasted that by the end of 2016, over 30 percent of users accessing high value web apps from their mobile device will use biometric authentication…

Interview with Urban Fagerstedt, Chairman of the Board, Fingerprint Cards

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fB: You are the newly elected Chairman of the Board. What are you initial plans for the company?

FPC: We need to stabilize and grow. We need to strengthen our delivery capabilities. We have for a number of years; Fingerprint Cards is now a 15 year old company, we have been a small player trying to implement the new technology. And our channel today is to grow various functions of the company to be a reliable and strong vendor in this industry. To that end we have started a rapid expansion; our R&D activities are much larger, we have improved logistic planning functions, basically trying to build a company strong enough to meet our expectations for this market…

Interview with Michael DePasquale, CEO, BIO-key

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I think what you are going to see is continued enhancements in visibility about biometrics as more and more devices hit the market that have biometric capability. We will see the use of that biometric for not just point applications but consumers in particular are going to want to use biometric capabilities for access to many social media and banking and finance applications. They are going to want to eliminate their passwords, PINS, tokens and cards. Now it is interesting that the Gartner conference was held this week and Gartner made some very basic assumptions. One of the basic assumptions was that 30% of all enterprises, for both internal purposes as well as for consumer access, will be utilizing biometric authentication by the year 2015 up from 5% today…

The Emerging Opportunities: A Discussion With Frost & Sullivan Reserch Analysts About The Future of Biometrics

October 29, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter Recently research firm Frost & Sullivan published a report titled “Emerging Opportunities in Global Biometrics Market.” The report details the global biometrics market growth over the next six years and predicts a total market growth of 22.5 percent between 2012 and 2019, singling out emerging areas of application and…

Interview with Rich Agostinelli, CEO, DigitalPersona

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fB: I think those two marketplaces, financial and health care are very explosive growth markets. And you recently purchased Identity Stream which is a software solution that uses fingerprint biometrics in banking environments. Can you tell us about that and why you decided to move in that direction?

DP: Yes, we are very excited about that acquisition. Based on our market research in things that you and I have just been talking about, we realized that financial services was going to be a huge market for us, particularly in the emerging markets. DigitalPersona already has a large installed base of financial service clients in the US and also in Europe and Latin America, but we really didn’t have an entry point in emerging markets, specifically in Africa and parts of Asia. IdentityStream is specifically in those markets through its partnership with Temenos, one of the leading banking ERP software companies in the world. The biometric IdentityStream module is tightly integrated with the Temenos ERP system. With the acquisition of IdentityStream we accomplished a few things: One is that we gained…

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