Interviews

Synaptics Inc Acquires Validity Sensors, Audio Interview with Validity CTO Sebastien Taveau

Human interface solutions provider Synaptics Inc. made a major biometrics purchase last week with the acquisition of Validity Sensors: a provider of fingerprint authentication solutions for mobile devices and notebook computers. On the exhibition floor of Money2020 in Las Vegas, findBIOMETRICS president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Validity CTO Sebastien Taveau about the big news in consumer biometrics.

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Interview with Jim Albers, Senior Vice President, Government Operations, MorphoTrust

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fB: Do you see mobility as a key driver for the biometric industry over the next few years?

MorphoTrust: Absolutely. I think more and more biometrics will become accepted and people will begin to see by using their cell phone that their lives are simplified and protected against cybercrime and identity theft; they will be able to self-authenticate transactions using secure credentials on the phone as well as using a biometric to either do one-to-one verification or one-to-many identification.

fB: I couldn’t agree more with you Jim. What will you be highlighting at this year’s Biometric Consortium Conference coming up in Tampa?

MorphoTrust: Well actually we have kind of a unique situation here because in our second year, as I mentioned, we focused on coming together as one of the Morpho companies and working with our sister companies MorphoTrak and MorphoDetection, particularly, so you will see that we will be showing the vision for the future as biometrics moves beyond our current view into the commercial arena and the transactional business of securing the lives of Americans – even beyond biometrics, because MorphoDetection, for example, is one of our sister companies. So you will see the whole end-to-end solution. We’ve been very successful, Peter, as you probably know. Most of us started with identifying bad guys. My particular background with biometrics that I was involved in was really proven in Iraq and Afghanistan. So it is our goal right now to show how biometrics and pure credentialing can converge to simplify the lives of Americans.

Interview with Mark Shermetaro, CEO, Lumidigm

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fB: Can you please tell us about your work with Hong Kong Immigration?

L: I just returned from Hong Kong where I met with Hong Kong Immigration and that is probably right now the highest daily throughput of biometrics use in the world. They are doing anywhere from 200,000 to 400,000 people a day through about 200 automated channels. They are looking for a very efficient process, enter, place your finger, be authenticated, move forward. If just 1% of travelers are not able to do that it is a huge number of people that have to be personally attended to. And so Hong Kong Immigration is all about performance, all about first time throughput so that they can actually move people very seamlessly across the Hong Kong and mainland China border using as minimal a staff as possible to do that operation.

fB: Again improve that ROI. Do you think that the use of biometrics for mobile identification will be one of the drivers for our industry in the future?

L: Well there is a lot of discussion around what can we do to authenticate a person who has a mobile device and who might be using that device to access sensitive information, such as medical or financial data, or to complete a financial transaction, for example. Our partner Itautec has developed a nice application whereby a bank customer can use a smartphone to generate a financial transaction at the ATM with…

Interview with Dotty Kaufenberg, Business Development Manager, David-Link Fingerprint USA Corp.

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Nibo Corporation is our parent company. Back in 2001, our first USA branch was established and as time progressed, David-Link has become the new name for biometrics in our company. In 2002, the company started to focus on the development and integration of Biometric Time and Attendance and Door Access Control Systems. Since then, our company has been growing and expanding our product line, and bringing on many new exciting items along the way. We are primarily known for being a manufacturer of Biometric Door Access Control and Biometric Time and Attendance lines. We have all the accessories that go along with these devices including our proximity reader extension for our A-1300 model, and exit buttons for our access control line. Our newest product we have brought into the David-Link family is our Biometric Safe. I can also say with confidence that there are quite a few more products in the works that are projected to release by the end of the year.

Interview with James Hammond, Associate Vice President for Information Technology Winthrop University

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Then I found out a local distributor that we already had a relationship with was a distributor for the Iris ID hardware and they invited me up to their office. I went up the same day that I talked to him because I was so interested and I didn’t realize that there was a commodity out there that would be priced affordably enough for our university to look at. We looked at it and we saw the iCam units that Iris ID manufactures and I saw it being used in single factor authentication and I was shown the data that supports their claims of high accuracy, negligible chance of false positive based on the number of data points that is used within an iris, I think 252 data points, and I think less than 1/10th that for fingerprint. So I was thinking that iris is probably ten times more accurate, more unique than fingerprint, and that sounds pretty good, and I don’t have to touch the iris scanner, that sounds pretty good, and it was fast, I was watching how fast they could use it and that’s pretty good, the software looked like it was manageable. So we got the units in, assigned a team and we decided to integrate it ourselves rather than trying to find a company out there to do the integration. We were very familiar with our card access system which is a company called Lenel which is a fairly well know system for access control.
fB: Yes I know them well. So you took on the integration yourself and that went smoothly?

WU: Yes and with just 4 of us and we were able to get that done in a little more than 2 weeks. I don’t think that is a typical success story so we are pretty proud of it. It does show that the technology integration is very doable, very workable and once you understand it, it is actually trivial. We did all that and we started having our ID office enroll people with the iris scanner as they came into ID office when they came in for other business. So if someone came in with a lost or stolen ID card we would…

Interview with Robert Cook, President Worldwide Sales, Smartmatic

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We formally entered into the elections business in 2004 when Smartmatic won its first significant contract to do the elections in Venezuela. To win that bid we competed against 42 different companies. Smartmatic ended up winning that contract which was obviously the first significant business we had in the elections area. Since then, we have been able to grow from a $1 million business to close to $400 million in business last year. With that election, we became the first company in the world providing the opportunity to not only report the election results electronically, but also to add an auditable and verifiable paper trail to support the electronic results, which is really the cornerstone of the business that we have now in the elections industry. Our headquarters today are in London and we have over 600 employees in approximately 20 different countries around the world and all of that obviously is taking place since the initial contract in 2004. So we have grown from initially 20 employees to over 600 employees in basically 8 years.

Interview with James W. Jimmy Bianco, V.P. of Sales and Marketing, CMI Time management

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So we released a product about 6 years ago called Touchtime that was a touch screen kiosk running Windows in that day with an XP operating system. The problem with it was that it wasn’t very portable, it was large and expensive. So most recently we have just released a 10” tablet style data collection terminal for work force management. It runs a Windows 8 operating system which is the open architecture everybody is looking for it handles and supports all of the different card technologies as well as fingerprint in a very small rugged package for half the price for what Touchtime used to be. Because we have the Touchtime as a controller we’ve released another product that works in conjunction with it that uses a near field communication, a Zigbee communication, it’s called Simple Time. It’s a low cost device with a display and keypad again and all the card readers and fingerprint reader but it wirelessly talks pier to pier or terminal to terminal to terminal and that’s with a controller…

Interview with John Cassise, CEO, Innometriks

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Rhino Touch is a touch screen kiosk that incorporates contact, contact-less, and magnetic stripe read capabilities, plus a Lumidigm biometric sensor. Its initial function is to test PIV and TWIC cards by running them through a sequence of test to verify that they are fully functional – full certificate validation, fingerprint verification, personal data, etc. If a security officer thinks a card may be in question they can run it through the full test in less than a minute to validate the card, the user against the card and the data on the card. We also plan to evolve the product to be used as a self-enrollment station. An individual arriving at a new facility will walk up to the enrollment kiosk, validate their credentials, be verified against the card fingerprint template and their PIN number, and have the self-enrollment queued to proceed through access rights process at the facility

Interview with John Hinmon, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Cross Match Technologies, Inc.

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As I look back on your ten year anniversary/year in review issue, mobile really is a hot area for us. We are going to be launching the new SEEK Avenger this year, which is the next handheld in the SEEK family of multimodal biometric handhelds. We view the mobile market place and space as a strategic opportunity for the business. With SEEK Avenger, we really are looking at a number of market segments for that product beyond just the traditional defence or military application of the product.   We see a logical cross over into remote border applications where it can help expand the effectiveness of the agents in the field; those in remote or transmission/communication compromised situations; as well as law enforcement or special operations law enforcement –  I am thinking about crisis response teams or disaster recovery efforts

Interview with Jaimin Shah, CEO, ZKTeco, US Headquarter

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Our focus is having a totally integrated solution within our Time & Attendance, Access Control and IP cameras with face detection and identification. To give you an example, at ISC you will see our fully integrated access control solution where you match your fingerprint on the panel. We will also present our IP based video surveillance solution that is capable of detecting and identifying face which can be integrated with our access control offering. We also have an SDK available so that our partners can integrate our products with any third party solution. We will also display our newly designed modular 7” touch screen workforce terminal at ISC.
So those are the 4 different areas that we are focused in providing a complete integrated solution. This will do lot of justice to our partners’ channels who have helped us all along during our growth and will help them to make more money and provide more services for their customers…

Interview with Mark A. Clifton, Vice President, Products + Services Division at SRI

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Our big differentiator is that we work in a less constrained environment so we can do iris recognition on the move, at a distance and now we have also added in various lighting conditions including in broad daylight. We are currently developing the ability to do iris recognition at an off-angle. You don’t even have to be looking exactly straight on. We’ve been doing some research in that area and it is possible to recognize irises at an off-angle. Our product line starts with the N-Glance, which is really the lowest price unit that we have designed for doorway access control. We have indoor and outdoor versions of that. I think we are the only company that does promote the ability to do iris recognition outside. In fact, we use it here at our facility in Princeton for our employees at the front door to gain access. So instead of using their RFID card they can use iris to enter the building. We are also introducing a drive-through system, so that you can…

Interview with Ramsey Billups, Vice President Biometric Solutions, 3M Cogent

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So I think that the fastest growing market within biometrics within 3M Cogent is indeed the handheld mobile device where you are able to capture a fingerprint and perform a one-to-many search on the device itself or have the device transmit back to a larger and centralized AFIS to perform a one-to-many search on a watch list and obtain a response back in real time, real time being within 10-20 seconds. This is probably the fastest growing market right now within 3M Cogent.

fB: That leads well into my next question specifically around mobile identification which is critical for police forces around the world these days. Can you tell us a little bit more about the success of your mobile ID product suite?

3M: There are a couple of devices that we have right now. One is known as the BlueCheck© II. The BlueCheck© II is a relatively small device that weighs approximately 5 ounces, it’s ruggedized and it is FBI certified for 500 ppi. It has an optical sensor or it is PIV certified 500 ppi using a silicon sensor. With this device you can perform two types of searches, a capture of a fingerprint and a search directly on the device or you can transfer the fingerprints to a PDA or a laptop using Bluetooth technology. One of the features that we also provide is we have 3M Cogent software that runs on android, iOS and Blackberry operating systems in order to transmit the fingerprints to another device and perform the matching there. By design, 3M Cogent is agnostic in terms of the different types of devices that we can actually run our software on.

findBIOMETRICS Year in Review 2012

This is our 10th Anniversary Year in Review and the response this year was our largest ever with 68 companies/industry experts responding to our questionnaire!

yir2k12Thanks to all on our expert panel. This is the largest yearly global snapshot of our industry and over the past 10 years we have seen so many changes. The industry is entering into a serious growth phase right now. So many companies are reporting new markets, new verticals, new and innovative product lines, new partnerships and new deployments…several in the hundreds of millions of enrollees. There is a clear indication that GROWTH is where we are heading over the next 5 years. I can’t wait to see what the Identity and Biometrics world will look like then.

We received responses from Canada, Spain, Russia, China, Ireland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany, UK, Israel, France, Korea, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Lithuania, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Malaysia and the USA.

Participants include:

Iris ID Systems Inc., MorphoTrak, Lumidigm, IBIA, 3M Cogent, Cross Match Technologies, MITRE, Aware, Lockheed Martin, SmartMatic, ZKTeco, Northstar Recruiting, San Jose State University, Greenbit, NEC, Suprema, Daon, IEEE, WCC Smart Search and Search, Digital Persona, MorphoTrust, FaceFirst, Avalon Biometrics, AOptix, Natural Security, Agnitio, ekey Biometric Systems, Innometrics, Smart Sensors, Identification Technology Partners, Fingerprint Cards, IriTech, BIO-key, Cognitec, SIC Biometrics, SRI International, Creative Information Technology, Accenture, TBS- Touchless Biometric Systems, Raptor ID, ipsiti, Secunet, FST21, Biocertification, Nuance Communications, Neurotechnology, Precise Biometrics, Acuity, SecurLinx, Imageware, Speech Technology Center, Unisys, Speed Identity, HSB, Authenware, Human Recognition Systems,  Koehlke, IdentiMetrics, Fulcrum,  SecuGen, Integrated Biometrics, realtime, Voice Security Systems, M2SYS, SOFTPRO, Biometrie-Online.Net, ievo and Fujitsu Frontech North America. 

I hope you enjoy reading the 2012 Year in Review!  

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Interview with Brett Beranek, Solutions Marketing Manager, Nuance

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We subdivide our voice biometrics interests into broad categories. The first one is the commercial space and the second one is the public security space. Then within those two broad market segments, we go after specific verticals. So in the commercial space the top three verticals that we go after are finance, telecommunications and government. And in the public security space the three key verticals are military, intelligence agencies and law enforcement. Those would definitely be the key markets that we go after in the voice biometric business although there are definitely applications for voice biometrics beyond the 6 markets that I just mentioned.

fB: Where are you seeing the greatest growth right now Brett?

N: We are definitely seeing a lot of growth in finance; this is definitely a new trend as finance has been very conservative and only in the last year or two have we seen a significant push within the banking sector. Traditionally this (voice biometrics) has been a space that various government agencies have been very active in. Therefore, we believe that the government vertical will…

Interview with Signot Keldorfer, Managing Director, ekey biometric systems GmbH

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We have 3 different types of products. One is product group called ekey home and as the name states it is for private users. The second group is ekey net which is made for corporate users and between these two lines we have set up a new product group which has advantages of both of them. It is not as big and mighty as ekey net but it has more features than ekey home and this is called ekey multi. We consider ourselves the market leader in Europe in biometric access control for fingerprint. Of course in biometrics there are many different modes such as face recognition, iris recognition. But back then we believed that fingerprint would be the best product for mass market. As we have seen the development of fingerprint in comparison to the other forms of biometric technologies we have found this to be true. That was one of the reasons why…

Interview with Troy Potter, Vice President of Identity Solutions, Federal Systems at Unisys

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fB: Can you please review the latest findings of your Unisys Security Index regarding biometrics? I know that across the industry it is a well-regarded resource. Can you give us an update on what you are finding there now?

U: I think the key element to that is the public perception is improving with more acceptability to biometrics. People historically have associated fingerprints with criminality or law enforcement purposes only. I think what our index has shown is more acceptability in the public for the use of biometrics as they see there are clear benefits for either improved services or enhanced security. And coupled with increased privacy protection that may be in place, we’re seeing more acceptance overall.

fB: Does convenience fit into the equation at all there?

U: I think it absolutely does. If biometrics are seen as a more convenient method to authenticate yourself than the typical means like user name and password, then certainly I think the public will respond very positively. In the US convenience is sometimes a bigger driver than the security side, especially…

Interview with Dr. Dae-hoon Kim, Ph.D., CEO/President, IriTech Inc.

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During the past 5 years smartphones have increasingly become a part of our lives. So many transactions are made easier through use of a smartphone. But along with the increased convenience, smartphones pose a large security risk. Manufacturers and users are increasingly recognizing that the current security framework is inadequate. A four-digit PIN or a secret finger swipe can be easily hacked. Personal information, including financial or contact information, is jeopardized if the smartphone is compromised. Additionally, data inside the phone can be subject to malicious attacks.

IriTech’s Mobile Security platform mitigates this risk. By making a few minor changes to existing phone hardware, IriTech can turn a smartphone into an iris recognition device. This technology will be especially applicable for mobile payment and cloud services. We are in discussions with several phone manufacturers about incorporating this technology in future products. The increased security provided by our Mobile Security Platform will…

Interview with Cédric Hozanne, CEO and André Delaforge, Marketing Manager, Natural Security

altNatural Security was launched in 2006 in Lille in the north of France. It is a project based on the business requirements from large retailers and banks to improve existing authentication methods for payment and non-payment transactions. The initial business requirement from retailers was to speed up the execution of payments at the checkout. Whilst banks needed a way to authenticate their customers when completing a secure transaction such as home banking. In addition, the transaction execution needed to be simple, highly secure and provide a unique user experience whatever the situation and the personal device form factor used.

fB: Can you describe your product for us please?

NS: Natural Security positions its technology as a "de facto" standard for end-user authentication. The transaction execution is very simple: you just put your finger on a biometric reader connected to a POS an ATM or a PC and your biometric is securely sent to your personal device. This will verify your biometric data and confirm that you are the person you claim to be. The transaction is executed over a contactless interface so that you don’t need to handle the device during the process.

fB: So you don’t have to pull something out of your pocket to execute the transaction?

NS: Exactly. You don’t need to handle the personal device at all. You just need to carry it in your pocket or bag.

fB: Is the biometric data for the fingerprint stored on the personal device?

NS: Yes, our technology requires that biometric data be stored on…

Interview with Young Soo Moon, Executive Director-CMO, Suprema Inc.

FaceStation is a biometric access control terminal which identifies individuals from their faces. Conventional face recognition products didn’t perform well under changes of lighting conditions and pose variations. FaceStation overcomes such weak points with advanced algorithm and its patented adaptive IR illumination technology. This breakthrough technology in FaceStation enables face recognition robust to various lighting conditions while achieving incredible matching speed of 1 over 1,000 matches under 1 second. FaceStation also features live face detection technology by analyzing eye context from extracted face images which distinguishes actual human face from fake images. Furthermore, FaceStation provides contactless, hands-free biometric authentication which allows more convenient and hygiene method than other authentication technology. FaceStation introduces entirely new ways of human interactions. It features ideally angled front face to maximize its coverage on users’ height, and offers wide touch screen LCD to deliver clear images and messages. The device provides…

findBIOMETRICS interviews Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic’s CEO

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In October we’ll be deploying large scale critical mission projects in Belgium, Venezuela and Brazil. That month alone, we will assist approximately 170,000,000 registered voters to decide their future representatives. We feel honored that those three nations decided to rely on Smartmatic’s electoral technology, services, and know-how to upgrade the transparency, accuracy and efficiency of their 2012 elections. During this year, we have also kept innovating. 2012 has seen the final release of two new lines of products in the identity and electoral markets our new Remote Session Activator for biometric voter authentication and the SAES-3370 series voting kit for Belgium…

Interview with Dean E. Senner, Chairman and CEO AOptix

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The round is going to be used in both the Identity Solutions and Communications areas of our business. In Identity Solutions, it will be used for continued new product development, including new mobility products. In the Communications side of the business, we will expand upon the technology that we developed early on for the United States Department of Defense and focus resources on developing new products for commercial applications in areas such as Mobile Backhaul and Low Latency Networks. In addition to product development, a portion of these funds will be allocated for global marketing programs as well as building up the AOptix sales and marketing team…

Interview with Emilio Martínez, CEO, AGNITIO Corp.

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Interview with Eric Talbot, President and CEO, SIC Biometrics

SIC: In our main vertical market of Healthcare, we have a contract to deploy up to 4,000 units in The Ottawa Hospital. They are now using our latest product generation which provides protection for all of their iPads with advanced fingerprint recognition on our matching software. They already have all their applications and backend links to the doctors and hospital systems… with most of them this is already in place, and then they just add out S.I.C.‘s SDK to complete the authentication process to ensure that everything is secure and very fast…

Interview with DigitalPersona customer, Bill Arnold, CIO of Service Credit Union

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We spent about 60 days researching solutions and came up with an initial solution set that included 4 different suggestions. We ended up analyzing each of these ideas with the entire IT staff. We sat through webinars on those 4 products, looked at them, kind of kicked the tires, talked to them, did a couple of in-house demos, and decided that DigitalPersona was the candidate that would most likely meet our needs, given our environment. So we rolled it out. We received all kinds of thanks from the business. As a whole it has had a huge positive impact on our business and a huge positive impact on the relationship between the front office and IT. From my perspective, this was an undocumented win for us because it made the branches and other front office personnel believe that we were on their side and not just there to get in their way…

Interview with Joseph Rosenkrantz, President and CEO FaceFirst Biometrics

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FF: Yes, in April 2011 the president of Panama publicly announced the intention of building the largest surveillance face recognition system in the world, based on a successful pilot with FaceFirst. We have since implemented a large-scale live surveillance facial recognition system, which covers the Tocumen airport and various border crossings. This system processes nearly 20 million comparisons per second at peak times using a FaceFirst matching cluster with a large number of live surveillance cameras on a scale beyond any other system ever implemented. FaceFirst has obviously overcome many of the hurdles associated with not only running large-scale automated facial recognition systems, but has also overcome many of the challenges associated with leveraging limited band width broad band networks required to accomplish country wide implementation of biometric face recognition systems.

fB: So the two main challenges there were speed and the ability to use the current infrastructure? Is that correct?

FF: Historically facial recognition systems were designed to be interactive, in other words one operator with one camera. Somebody walks by a camera which produces possible matches for an operator to review. Well, imagine a system with hundreds of cameras comparing against hundreds of thousands of people in a database, the sheer amount of data would not be humanly digestible. So we have achieved this large scale by developing …

Interview with Cross Match Technologies President and CEO – David Buckley

altFrancisco is very involved in health care and in the financial sector. In both sectors, as you know, biometrics has long been desired but the reality is that the requirements are so varied and dispersed that no single biometric provider answers the call for all these various requirements. An ideal way into these sectors is through software and ERP systems providers, and Francisco happens to owns several. The nice part is that Cross Match is already in contact with several of them and working on potential solutions. But more importantly, they have software companies that they have invested in that can also bolster our capabilities. We’ve long had very good software, very good applications, and very good technology, but the demand for the wider variety of applications and solutions has really placed some additional demands on the business that we aren’t able to answer alone. So this gives us the opportunity to both partner and grow through acquisition those solutions suites that customers…

Interview with Peter Went, Chief Executive Officer, WCC

alt“What is multi modal fusion?”. You and other insiders will know already, but just for the record, let’s look at the industry definition of multimodal fusion: the combination of multiple different biometrics into a single comparison. Now, what we have always advocated is that this is not a biometric industry but an identification industry. I know you as “Peter O’Neill” and you know me as “Peter Went”. I don’t know you by your fingerprint; I can’t recognize you from a picture of just your iris – but I know your name. WCC holds that biographics are an integral part of identification so as an industry, if we talk about ‘multimodality’, we advocate that we talk about all the aspects that identify a person, biometrics and biographics included. This is just one of the things that puts ELISE ID apart from other offerings in the market…

Interview with Nick Pattakos, MorphoTrust’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions

altMorphoTrust is established as a US proxy company under the direction of the Federal Government. So during the negotiations around the merger the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), wanted to make sure that they protected the PII and the technology used around identity for American citizens. So essentially they established a 100% American only, US citizen only company which we call MorphoTrust. Into MorphoTrust we moved 3 core divisions of L-1 and then we took these divisions and we merged them internally inside of MorphoTrust. Those 3 divisions were the Enrollment Services divisions (the people responsible for the UES program,) the Biometrics Division, that’s where I came from, and we were the ones that provide all the biometric technology and the Credentialing Division, mostly known for their work around driving licenses and DMV’s. We have a series of very stringent security standards and processes we must maintain, we go through audits by the Federal Government. We are focused 100% on keeping these standards and we actually report up to an American Board of Directors. So we are insulated from our French parent where that is concerned. All of the software from L-1 moved into…

Interview with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Scientist, Kevin Mangold

altWS-BD is basically a wire replacement for proprietary drivers and cables. Since the internet and the internet protocol are possible on a multitude of devices this enables a higher level of interoperability between devices and systems and the whole architecture of biometric systems. It’s not required that a sensor be within 3 feet of the computer because that’s all the cable you have. It can be wireless, wired, local, or remote; it can be halfway across the world so there is a lot of room for how people can use this. So to make a long story short, WS-BD is a way to talk to biometric sensors over the internet

Interview with Emerson Kenneda, Network Analyst at MCMC – Mecosta County Medical Center

Fingerprint biometrics ties an individual user to each transaction, simplifying the reporting and auditing requirements of regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. DigitalPersona Pro supports additional forms of authentication, allowing us to comply with regulatory requirements by developing a multi-factor authentication approach that meets our needs and budget. We wanted to get away from the generic sign-ins and we knew that we wanted to go with VMware VDI virtual desktops. DigitalPersona has a product for our clinical areas that is called Pro Kiosk. So, what happens is the computer logs in with a generic user, but then also with VMware View Client running in the background… it pops up a screen that allows the user to fingerprint login to a Windows environment.

Interview with Johan Carlström, President & CEO, Fingerprint Cards AB

Our new swipe sensor is a product that we have had in development for a long time. We had a capacitive swipe sensor on the market very early in the beginning of the 2000’s but the market has evolved quite a lot since then. We developed our new sensor especially with the mobile phone segment in mind. This market is price sensitive and also sensitive to power consumption and size. So we developed a completely new swipe sensor based on our core technology and after almost 18 months of development of a completely new chip and also an extremely advanced packaging solution, we were able to launch the smallest packaged swipe sensor for the mobile phone industry.

Interview with Chris Crump, Director of Commercial Business, 3M Cogent Inc

The catalyst for (the MiY product line) was repeated requests over the last decade providing access control products to the market from integrators to be able to place their own applications on the device create different workflows for the product or include different hardware. With previous hardware this was not possible, as everything had been virtually a static solution out-of-the-box. It either does this or that function and any changes would require extensive development and volume commitments to justify the change. The reason that we’re bringing this to market in this fashion is to provide a way to allow these integrators and partners to utilize our product and to, essentially, customize it to their own requirements and in such a way that they are not sacrificing any security in the product… there’s always been requests to either write their own application for the device, or adjust the backend, and that’s not been previously possible with products of this nature. That is, up until now.

 

findBIOMETRICS Year in Review 2011

Thanks to all our respondents this year. We received responses from Canada, Spain, Russia, China, Ireland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany, UK, Israel, France, Korea, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Malaysia and the USA.

Participants include:

Iris ID Systems Inc., 3M-Cogent , MorphoTrak, Lumidigm, IBIA, Cross Match Technologies, Aware, AOptix, BIO-key, IrisGuard, Lockheed Martin, Accenture, Anviz, CSC, SmartMatic, ZK Software, CGI, Greenbit, Warwick Warp, NEC, Daon, IEEE, Digital Persona, Airborne Biometrics Group, Avalon, Smart Sensors, Fingerprint Cards, Fujitsu Frontech North America, Cognitec, Acuity, SecurLinx, Speech Technology Center, Suprema, HSB, Human Recognition Systems, Authentec, Accu-Time Systems, Wasp Barcode Technologies, IdentiMetrics, Fulcrum, Griaule, Iritech, Sarnoff, Neurotechnology, Corvus, M2SYS, SOFTPRO, SIC, and Authenware.   

 
 
 

Interview with Christian Rutigliano, International Sales Manager, Green Bit S.p.A.

findbiometrics, biometrics, GreenbitThe mobile ID market, outside the Law Enforcement segment, is growing and we have seen evidence of this at the most recent trade shows and conferences. Where the mobile ID market will be heading in the short and medium term is rather difficult to predict but there are some huge projects regarding mobile ID applications in the government and non-government sector; just to name one I’m thinking of the financial inclusion project in India which is a spin-off project of UID. Which biometric technology will be used in mobile environments is still hard to say since this will depend on application requirements and budgets but for now I would say finger and iris are the most robust technologies and if used in a multi-modal biometric approach they are most suitable for large scale projects likely to be seen in healthcare and finance.  

Interview with Li Wang, CEO, Warwick Warp Ltd.

We have, at the moment, four main products. LiveScan SDK, which deals with small to medium scale lifescan deployments, and matching and template creation. The second product is Warwick AFIS SDK, which is designed to deal with large scale applications, one in which the number of users exceeds several hundred thousand. The third product is Warwick Warp latent AFIS, which is specifically designed to deal with a law enforcement application, and it has the capability to match, with or without human intervention, the print to mark, mark to print, or mark to mark comparisons. The last product is the one we have just released, which is called Synthesis Simplicity, and is a tool designed to test biometric systems. When we talked to systems integrators and end-users, we found that in order for them to test, or evaluate, the performance of their systems, a large number of biometric or fingerprint data, would be required. This is because of the nature and sensitivity of…

Interview with Antonio Mugica, CEO, Smartmatic

altSmartmatic has a vast and proven experience worldwide in the automated elections and the identity management industries. We are currently working at improving our value proposition in order to exceed, as always, the expectations of our clients. However, we have also been working in other verticals such as public safety, emergency control platforms and intelligent transportation systems that we have decided to repackage under the name of Smart Cities solutions. In this market, Smartmatic was recently selected as provider and contractor for the implementation of the fare collection system, management and operation control of the integrated mass transportation system in Cartagena of the Indies (Colombia), for the next 18 years. With this new BRT, both residents and visitors will benefit from an automated solution toward a modern, efficient and safer public transportation. As technology developers, in Smartmatic, we are constantly analyzing opportunities where…

Interview with Mike DePasquale, CEO, BIO-key International

What is most exciting about the recent history of S.I.C. Biometrics is that they’re the first company to develop a fingerprint attachment device for the iPhone and the iPad. As you know, the i-series of devices are the most popular and certainly the best selling mobile devices in the market; I believe that Apple sold in the range of 28 million iPhones in the last quarter and approximately 4 million iPads. Therefore, all combined that is 32 million devices in the last quarter. Apple’s mobile devices have been widely adopted by the consumer and more importantly for BIO-key, right now, the enterprise. One of the biggest issues surrounding enterprise adoption and the Apple platform is security. At present, with Bio-key’s software and the S.I.C. Biometrics attachment, we can offer a full and complete solution for fingerprint access that is PIV (Personal Identity Verification) certified for any government agency as well as, full and complete support for enterprise access and to enterprise applications in the cloud.

Interview with Phil Scarfo, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Lumidigm Inc.

What makes Mariner special is that it leverages Windows to extend the Lumidigm Advantage, which we’ve offered for a few years now, to new markets. Until now, we’ve played well in markets where components are so important that organizations are prepared to pay a premium for products. Mariner allows us to bring reliability and durability to markets in which cost is also a factor. So, the big message is that we’re extending the Lumidigm Advantage to more markets, more applications, more customers and more use cases with Mariner.

Interview with John Che, CEO ZK Software Inc.

alt ZK Software is a leading global developer of innovative advanced biometric and RFID reader solutions used in access control and time & attendance applications. One of the largest providers in the world, ZK Software has sold over five million units and serves customers in over 180 countries. We have been awarded 80 patents and earned a reputation for technical innovation, quality, speed-to-market and reliability. We have 1,500 employees solely dedicated to the customized design and delivery of biometric and RFID readers&

Cross Match Technologies – David Buckley, President and CEO and Bill Dumont, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing – Interview

We agree with you completely on that point, as we are introducing more mobile solutions. In the past, we offered jump kits, which consisted of a computer, an iris-scan device, a ten-print unit, signature pads, and in most cases a camera for fingerprint, facial image and iris capture. We have continued to shrink those jump kits down in size and weight, and recently introduced a SEEK unit that incorporates all of those features. It has a built-in camera, complete iris collection in both ambient and direct sunlight, and captures fingerprint images. Customers were requesting units that work in bright sunlight and places with reflective light, since users can’t always bring people inside to collect biometric information, especially in war zones. Users must be able to get information as quickly as possible and communicate that data. This meant that there was the requirement to have an onboard watch-list and communications capabilities to…

Iris ID Systems – Mohammed Murad, Vice President Global Business Development and Sales – Interview

altThe new units are plug-compatible replacements for the widely used iCAM 4000 and offer significantly more features, applications, and integration flexibility than previous models. Based on our field-proven IrisAccess® systems, the world’s most advanced and deployed iris recognition platform, the new cameras are designed to meet the diverse needs for speed, accuracy, and value in today’s demanding biometric identification environment and continue to set the industry standard for iris recognition technology. Again, this particular product that we are announcing is actually a series of products, it’s a whole line up of devices. Therefore, we will be unveiling one or two versions of the product at ISC and there is a lot more to come, in that it will address multiple vertical markets…

3M Vice President and General Manager, Security System Division Michael P. Delkoski – Interview

altAnother important industry trend we’re seeing is that emerging economies are prepared to move to biometric infrastructures faster than many would have expected. We are currently seeing this with the UID program in India. The country is going through various processes in which it is attempting to enroll its entire citizen population, and is utilizing biometrics to help ensure accurate delivery of payments from the government to individuals in the country. A pilot program is currently underway, in which Cogent is participating to provide some of the hardware. Other countries, including Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Romania, have moved…

Interview with Chuck Buffum, Vice President of Authentication Solutions, Nuance Communications

At present, one of our financial services customers is engaging in a pilot; and that pilot deals with internet banking for high value transactions, people making wire-transfers, or setting new payees on bill pay – those are risky transactions for the bank, so they are currently piloting the notion of, where someone sets up a new payee or does a high value funds transfer, this would trigger an automated phone call back to their registered mobile phone and then voice printing the caller to get a voice signature on that internet transaction.

findBIOMETRICS Year in Review 2010

The response to this year’s YIR was outstanding with 63 companies/industry experts responding to our questionnaire. We received responses from Canada, India, Slovenia, Spain, Russia, Australia, China, Ireland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, UK, Israel, France, Korea, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Malaysia and the USA.

Participants include:
 
Iris ID Systems Inc.(formerly LG Electronics), NEC, MorphoTrak, Lockheed Martin, Lumidigm, IBIA, Cross Match Technologies, Aware, AOptix, WCC, 3M, BIO-key, Accenture, e-DATA, MaxID, National Biometric Security Project, CSC, SmartMatic, Northrop Grumman, Merkatum, ZK Software, SAIC, West Virginia University-Center for Identification Technology Research, IDTECK, Greenbit, Daon, San Jose State University, IEEE, Human Recognition Systems, Synochip, Airborne Biometrics Group, Avalon, Smart Sensors, TBS, Cognitec, Acuity, SecurLinx, Speech Technology Center, Suprema, HSB, Hanwang Technology, Triad, Time Management Inc, Wasp Barcode Technologies, C-True, Digital Persona, Fingerprint Cards, Hoyos Group, IdentiMetrics, Sonda, TAB, M2SYS, Integrated Biometrics, Secugen, SOFTPRO, Validity, Animetrics and UIDAI.  
 

Question 2 – What are the most pressing issues facing the Biometric Industry as we move into 2011?

Question 3 – Was 2010 a good year for your company? What were some of the highlights? What will 2011 hold for your company/organization/department? 

Interview with Christian Rutigliano, International Marketing Manager, Green Bit S.p.A.

altThe second device addresses a constantly growing market – Mobile ID. The “Miscan™” has been ergonomically designed for one-handed operations, and we have included many features and a great deal of functionality. The MiScan™ is FBI certified at SAP30 and thanks to its scalable and modular architecture it can be easily customized to fit our customer’s needs. The cornerstone of the MiScan™ is without a doubt the 1” x 1” FBI-PIV and BSI certified fingerprint reader which makes the MiScan™ one-of-a-kind in terms of fingerprint image quality.
Along with the fingerprint scanner, we have a 3 Megapixel camera that is capable of obtaining mugshots or MRZs and barcodes, which could be used for document readings, especially in passport schemes. This devise comes with many communication possibilities, ranging …

Interview with Cyrille Bataller, Director – Accenture Technology Labs Europe

biometrics, findbiometrics.com, DAONFrom that, we then moved away from the registered traveller and shifted to automated border clearance. This enabled us to, rather than registering travellers one-by-one, rely on the biometrics embedded within the travel documents, whether they be passports or visa. We moved towards that option since we determined that it provided a higher impact.  Since the first pilot, we’ve conducted another one at another one of London’s airports, this time at Stansted, where we’ve deployed six automated border clearance gates for a year. We’ve processed over half a million European travellers who carried an e-passport – without any pre-enrolment required, they just went through the border in self-service. More recently, we’ve deployed that solution, in production, also in Heathrow, which is the world’s busiest international airport.
 

Interview with Bojan Cukic, Co-director, The Center for Identification Technology Research

biometrics, findbiometrics, CITeR, Bojan CukicI believe that the future of biometrics will be following the future of computation, as we know it today. Currently, computing platforms are pretty much everywhere; cameras are almost in every device these days, we have wearable devices. It’s my view that biometrics represents the natural progression, or choice, if you will, for human authentication.  Devices will be authenticating ourselves, we will be authenticating any devices which we’ll be using and many of those authentication tasks will be performed by way of biometrics.  We must be cognizant of privacy issues and possible violations caused by the naive use of biometrics. We must ensure what we share on the network are ”meaningless” binary representations; impossible to convert back into the feature sets which represent individuals. I believe that biometrics is going to be pervasive we won’t even recognize it as something special or out of the ordinary.
 

Interview with Phil Tusa, Vice President, Biometrics Programs, AOptix Technologies Inc.

biometrics, findbiometrics ,AOPTIX,  Phil TulsaaltThroughput relates directly to practical speed, a realizable speed. As a result, we have worked very hard to develop our typical time of capture down to two (2) seconds or better, if possible. At the same time, we’re also striving to minimize FTA rates, since a failure to acquire in a capture sequence drives a retry, also adversely impacts effective throughput. Since our FTA rates are extraordinarily low, our effective throughput will be superior.  As to the issue of accuracy, we have set extremely high standards for ourselves in terms of the quality of the images that we collect. Along with these image standards, we also perform a real-time onboard image quality metric so that should a subject be squinting, or looking off to the side, we are able to detect….

Interview with John Carter, President , e-DATA Corp.

biometrics, findbiometrics.com, e-databiometrics, findbiometrics.com, e-dataThe other thing we often discuss are the various ways in which our readers are deployed. Aside from standard access control, some examples include hospitals or medical facilities that want to protect a drug cabinet; data centers that protect the server room; in banks it might be a safe; or whatever room or cabinet you’d want to secure anywhere. If you look at any given area, typically biometrics will be added to the equation because the perception is that it will be needed in a secure area. Well, that perspective immediately tells us something, which is, in reality, if you require real security somewhere, you’ll use biometrics.

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