Interviews

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…

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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