Last week at FindBiometrics, mobile iris biometrics took the spotlight with the launch of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone as fingerprints made major headlines too, while face, voice and behavioral biometrics rounded out the industry coverage. Here s a look back on a truly multimodal week in biometrics:
On Tuesday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note7 smartphone, bringing iris scanning access control to mainstream mobile handsets. The launch of Qualcomm powered iris recognition on the Note7 is already having ramifications in the world of biometric FinTech, with the modality supported by Samsung Pay, and with two banks already making moves to integrate eye-scans into their mobile apps. And this is just the beginning according to Delta ID, which heralded the rise of iris recognition on smartphones, in banking, and IoT in a recent release.
New Fingerprint Cards CEO Christian Fredrikson took the reins of his company last week as it announced multiple smartphones integrations for its fingerprint sensor technology. BIO-key, meanwhile, announced a new partnership with a powerful distributor, and we got a look at a new patent from Apple giving us a clearer picture of the long rumored display-embedded Touch ID. The fingerprint market shows no signs of slowing down, and Integrated Biometrics reported last week that it is seeing growing interest in its own biometric offerings.
Biometrics Registration and ID
Saudi Arabian mobile customers who did not register their SIMs with biometrics had their service disconnected last week, while Malaysian officials were championing biometric registration as a key component for allowing dual citizenship between their country and Thailand. Stateside, IdentoGO started taking appointments for its soon-to-open temporary PreCheck enrollment centers in Houston and Minneapolis. Biometric technology is indeed changing the way governments and citizens interact, and the latest report from Acuity Market Intelligence sheds light on how this change will manifest in the markets.
Multimodal biometric software company ImageWare Systems announced that it will be disclosing its Q2 2016 results this coming Tuesday. Daon, meanwhile, announced that it has been invited to showcase its multimodal IdentityX platform at FinovateFall 2016.
Voice and Speech
Last week we reported that Barclays is rolling out voiceprint recognition to all of its phone banking customers. Swisscom also announced that it is going to start authenticating call center customers via voice biometrics, and in a statement the telecom emphasized the convenience and security such a measure brings to customer service.
NEC Corporation is developing a facial recogntion system for police in South Aftrica, based on its NeoFace offering. Neurotechnology integrated its latest VeriLook facial recognition software into the SentiVeilence SDK, while Allevate’s MXSERVER became available to UK government agencies. Zipcar made face recognition headlines too, the car-sharing service announcing that customers can now sign up remotely simply by taking a selfie on their phones.
Finally, in the world of behavioral biometrics, we saw the emergence of a new type of malware designed to thwart the passive human detection of modern security platforms. It is the latest entry in the long waging cyber security arms race, and brings with it questions of what’s next for passive biometrics, particularly in FinTech—a vertical where the behavior modality has proven quite popular.
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August 8, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter