Last week at FindBiometrics Physical Access & Enterprise Month continued with a look at the hidden benefits of biometrics in the workplace while we prepared for this week’s featured webinar presentation. Behavioral biometrics and financial applications each took the spotlight in the news while the headlines were filled out with national ID, border control, facial recognition, and more.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in identity management:
Physical Access And The Enterprise Of Tomorrow
Only two days remain until the next entry in our renowned webinar series, Biometrics, Physical Access and the Enterprise of Tomorrow (UPDATE 4/20/2016- The full webinar is now available to watch on YouTube). The webcast is part of our month long featured examination of physical access control and enterprise applications, which had us looking at the less obvious ways biometrics can improve the workplace last Wednesday. In the news we saw enterprise solutions integrate Touch ID functionality, looked back on ISC West with BioConnect, and saw Cognitec upgrade its FaceVACS-Entry solution.
Fingerprint Cards was in the news last week with its biometric sensor featured on the new ivvi i3 handset. The company also announced that it will be presenting its latest interim report, followed by a conference call, on April 28.
Two reports had us looking at the future of specific behavioral modalities last week, namely gait and keystroke biometrics. In the meantime we learned about a partnership between Nationwide, BehavioSec, and Unisys that aims to use behavioral biometrics to reduce the logical access headache that is modern password security.
Last week we learned that Charles de Gualle Airport in Paris is going to be trialing facial recognition technology for security purposes. Vision-Box was in the news too, with its founders being presented with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
FinTech was a hot area as usual last week with Samsung Pay gaining support from ProPay and itself announcing that it will soon enable in-app purchases. In the meantime, rumblings out of Australia had the Internet speculating as to whether the country’s banks will be finally supporting Apple Pay. Outside of the mobile wallet sphere, a new biometrics initiative in Japan is aiming to combine border control and biometric payments in time for its next Olympics and Atom Bank launched, bringing biometric login features with its digital banking services.
We reported on the ways Aadhaar is enabling biometric banking in India last week while we learned more details surrounding the Comelec data hack in the Philippines. Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe, we saw a call for biometric payroll distribution on behalf of Prosper Chitambara, a senior economist at the country’s Labour and Economic Development Research Institute.
Government, Law Enforcement
MorphoTrust USA scored SAFETY Act certification for two of its flagship solutions last week while Precise Biometrics announced that it has won a contract to provide a Tactivo framework to the US Department of Defense. MorphoTrak made the news too, preparing for its annual Users Conference in Costa Mesa, California, announcing that Jeff Bauman, a key witness in the Boston Marathon bombing, will be presenting a keynote at the event.
Facial recognition and privacy were in the news last week with Shutterfly settling an Illinois lawsuit and also a Russian photographer highlighting the ease in which one can uncover personal details of strangers by using a face recognition and the social network VKontakte. It wasn’t all controversy though. Last week we got a look at how facial recognition can be applied to drones for optimal selfie taking.
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April 18, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter