This week has brought news concerning a wide range of topics in the biometrics industry, including some curious cases pertaining to forensic innovation and privacy fines in China. Accordingly, those are reflected in this week’s varied roundup of FindBiometrics’ most popular stories.
First up, though: one of the biggest names in the industry. IDEMIA never has trouble attracting attention, and readers showed a lot of interest this week in a new interview with a few of the company’s executives, who spoke to FindBiometrics Founder Peter O’Neill about IDEMIA’s pioneering work in mobile ID:
Meanwhile, some other intriguing biometrics news came from someone at the very beginning of her career. University of Toronto Mississauga student Bethany Krebs, with the help of her instructor and a lab technician, has developed a new “sandblasting” technique for finding latent fingerprints at a crime scene. Rather than delicately brushing a given area, an investigator can shoot a cloud of fluorescent cornstarch powder over it with a specialized gun, dramatically reducing the time required for uncovering prints:
Readers also showed strong interest in some surprising news from China. Facial recognition technology is used extensively in the country, and China isn’t known for its strong privacy protections. So it’s rather remarkable that municipal authorities fined three land developers for gathering customers’ face biometrics data without their consent:
Some more normal biometrics news also got reader attention this week. Iris ID announced that its iris recognition technology would be used in a new tablet device from MetaDolce Technologies, which could offer applications across a range of areas including healthcare, law enforcement, border security, and more:
On that note, readers were interested in what SITA had to say about border security. The company argued that border authorities should take a holistic approach to border screening, blending various discrete tasks into one streamlined screening experience for travelers that can verify both biometric and biographic information:
Stay posted to FindBiometrics next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of biometrics. To see the hottest stories of the week in mobile digital identity, visit our sibling site Mobile ID World.
May 8, 2021 – by Alex Perala