News Roundup: Irises and Access Control

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news was dominated by iris recognition and access control. In addition to those topics though, we heard about behavioral biometrics, law enforcement and border control.

Here are the top biometrics industry news stories from the past week.

Iris Biometrics

tumblr_n9mlpkkAQo1tbxd4lo1_1280A new report from TechNavio is painting a bright future for iris recognition solutions, and just like last week, over the past five days we’ve seen the eye-based modality make headlines and receive deployment. While a researcher from Chaos Computer Club cast his doubts on the modality’s anti-spoofing characteristics, we reported on the use IriTech’s iris biometrics in India for pension distribution through Aadhaar.

Here’s how iris biometrics had us talking about the most colorful part of the eye:

New Report Adds to Enthusiasm Over Iris Biometrics

Iris Recognition Available To Catalogue Shoppers

Chaos Computer Club: Iris Biometrics Can be Spoofed

IriTech’s Biometric Scanner Bolsters Aadhaar Authentication

Physical Access Control

Biometric Access ControlTwo deployments of biometric technology had us talking about physical access control this week, which also saw a new market report surface on the area of identity management application. In St. Louis, St. Mary’s high school deployed a facial recognition system for access control and security purposes while EnterTech Systems announced that it has provided a medical marijuana facility in Ontario with Suprema biometric technology to lock the operation down.

Additionally, Suprema, Inc. made the news a second time this week for introducing its new web-based IP access control platform: BioStar 2.

Facial Recognition Deployed at St. Louis High School

EnterTech Locks Down Medical Marijuana With Biometrics

Suprema Unveils Web-Based IP Access Control Platform

Biometrics Play Important Role in Access Control Market

Law Enforcement and Border Control

Law Enforcement BiometricsIn law enforcement news this week we reported that MorphoTrak (Safran)’s MorphoIDent mobile fingerprint scanners and Maestro gateway system have been having a positive impact on agencies in Pinellas County, Florida. Meanwhile, the head of Scotland Yard publically encouraged homeowners in the UK to install CCTV cameras so that facial recognition technology can be used in the event of residential crime.

Turning to the topic of protecting national boundaries, we received an update on the biometric border control initiative taking place in the United Arab Emirates. Looking to the United States, the US Defense Strategies Institute announced that there will be an update on the US Customs and Border Protection‘s Biometric Entry and Exit program at this April’s Identity Management Symposium.

Biometric Entry and Exit To Get Stage Time

MorphoTrak Technology IDs High-Value Suspect

UAE Airports Get Multimodal Security

Head of Scotland Yard Calls for Household CCTV

Innovations, Integrations and Qualifications

Multifactor BiometricsRounding up the news in launches, integrations and achievements this week: NEC announced that its fingerprint technology has once again received top ranking in testing conducted by NIST; NEXT Biometrics launched its newest low cost fingerprint module, designed for a wide range of applications; and Qualcomm chose Sensory Inc’s TrulyHandsfree Voice Control 3.0 technology to integrate into its mobile devices.

If you’re starting to see that biometric technology is heating up in all sorts of areas, you’re not alone. Frost & Sullivan announced this week that it will be hosting an online presentation concerning the future of biometrics.

NEXT Launches Low-Cost, Large-Sensor Fingerprint Module

Frost & Sullivan Presenting on Future of Biometrics

Qualcomm Integrates Sensory’s Voice Recognition

NEC Biometric Tech Tops NIST Testing Again

Human Behavior

ZLSw0SXxThSrkXRIiCdT_DSC_0345Biometrics can track behavior, curb it, and authenticate with it. This week’s news brought example of all three behavioral applications. BioChatch announced its new New Account Fraud Detection platform and we learned that NEC will be bringing its own behavioral biometric solution to the streets of Tokyo for disaster response scenarios. Meanwhile, biometrics were deployed in The Netherlands to track time and attendance and the president of Venezuela intends to use strong authentication to attack smuggling.

Here’s a look at how biometrics and behavior added up in the news this week.

Dutch Agency Deploys Biometric Attendance Tracking

BioCatch Takes Aim at ‘New User’ Fraudsters

NEC Bringing Behavioral Biometrics to Tokyo

Venezuelan President Announces Supermarket Biometrics


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March 13, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter