National ID, Interoperability and Notable Mentions – findBIOMETRICS Industry News Roundup: Dec 9-13

December 15, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter     

The year is closing in quickly, and it simply would not be fitting of December in any industry to omit mention of the special recognitions doled out to companies deemed exceptional by various publications, testing organizations and awards granting bodies.

This past week began with Suprema announcing that it has been recognized as a top 50 security company by A&S International. This is the third year in a row that Suprema has been included in the list, this time improving its ranking by seven places, landing at number 40. Additionally, of the 50 security companies recognized, Suprema was further distinguished for it’s exceptional growth rate, making it onto A&S’ list of top 10 fastest growing companies.

Another fingerprint biometric company was praised this week, this time in the realm of technological assessment and certification. DigitalPersona announced on Wednesday that it’s FingerJet solution didn’t only complete its MINEX and NIST certification, but that the company’s solution performed well enough to be placed in the top ten percent of all recognition engines tested to this point.

FingerJet was singled out this way for its interoperability with other certified engines, as well as its speed and accuracy when operating event with low cost embedded processors. Speed and accuracy are crucial in the world of deployable biometrics, as the highly fragmented and competitive market vies for the title of most convenient and secure authentication option.

Face biometrics receive a lot of attention for their near frictionless interface. In surveillance, border control and even recently mCommerce, the facial option is proving to be versatile and viable in a number of areas. Thanks to the ability to capture face biometrics using a device’s built-in camera, logical access control applications that rely on facial recognition as an authenticating factor have a number of uses.

This week, SensibleVision launched its newest version of FastAccess: a security platform developed for enterprises and small businesses to allow for employee login based on their face. The technology, now in its fifth iteration boasts increased liveness detection through its ability to monitor micro-movements in a face, making a work PC or tablet much more difficult to spoof with photos or recorded video.

The reason behind these kind of deployments is always inevitably related to an initiative against fraud. Strong authentication goes beyond the simple idea of what you know (a password) and continued on to require more (what you have, who you are etc). Multiple factors are required to provide authentication now, and it is important that these not be copyable. National ID programs take this philosophy and apply it to border control and government programs. This week 4G Identity, rolled out its Biometric Electronic Visa Issuance System (BEVIS) across various countries and mission world wide for that exact reason.

BEVIS is multimodal and can be customized to include various biometric factors including finger, face, iris and signature, as well as demographic details.Once again, here we see a strong focus on interoperability. Thanks to multimodal solutions like BEVIS, the “who you are” part of the authentication equation can be as complex as that label truly implies. After all, human body is made up exclusively of measurable characteristics that biometrics allows us to irrefutably prove who we really are: unique and deserving of access. Why choose just one?