Last week at FindBiometrics Mobile Biometrics Month 2016 continued as we counted down the days to our exclusive expert webinar, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT. We featured two industry interviews, saw some major product announcements, and heard another call for better liveness detection on smartphones.
Mobile Biometric Month
This coming Friday marks our free new webinar, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT. The webcast is part of Mobile Biometrics Month 2016, which last week had us taking a look at how biometric authentication on smartphones is helping mobile devices evolve past the weird convention of using virtual QWERTY keyboards for logical access control, greatly improving the user experience.
Last week Morpho (Safran) observed International Women’s Day with a blog post examining the role that identity plays in women’s independence around the world. We also published two interviews with biometrics companies iTouch Biometrics and CMITech regarding their respective biometrics technologies and the markets they are finding success in.
Last week we were introduced to Orchestra, the large scale identity platform at the heart of Vision-Box’s Happy Flow border control deployment in Aruba, and which will be showcased at connect:ID this week. Unisys was also in the news with the announcement that its biometric technology is being used in the high profile border screening trial at the Otay Mesa border crossing between the US and Mexico. Here’s a look at last week’s top biometric border control news:
Voice and Speech
Technavio’s latest report on the smartphone voice recognition market is showing steady growth as companies aim to combine speech recognition and voice authentication technologies on mobile applications. Meanwhile, Nuance Communications was in the news with its Dragon Legal system which allows legal professionals to prepare documents via voice command.
In fingerprint news last week we reported on the latest research that has the internet talking about liveness detection: researchers at MSU have found a way to spoof certain smartphone fingerprint sensors with an inkjet printer and special ink. The presentation attack, which targets consumer grade, 2D fingerprint sensors, highlights a visible need for anti-spoofing measures in smartphones with post-password tech.
Meanwhile, the fingerprint space was filled with previews for news products coming this week. Integrated Biometrics, Green Bit, and HID Global will all be demonstrating and announcing products this week in Washington, DC at connect:ID. NEXT Biometrics took to the popular American radio waves last week with CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe interviewed for NPR’s hit show Here &Now. DOCOMO and Nok Nok Labs made FIDO Alliance-centric headlines last week too, and Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced that its fingerprint sensor was included on the latest Coolpad handset.
Here are the biggest fingerprint biometrics stories of last week:
Funding and Fiscal Updates
Iris biometrics company CMITech announced the results of its latest series B financing round last week, raking in $2.1 million. ImageWare, in the meantime, announced that it will be holding a conference call this coming Wednesday to discuss its Q4 and year-end 2015 fiscal results.
In FinTech last week we reported on Anviz Global’s work with the Bank of Mongolia in terms of biometric security. We saw the positive results of the implementation of biometrics for the purpose of mitigating fraud in Ireland where a social insurance fraudster was caught via the use of facial recognition, and also in Nigeria where DERMALOG’s biometrics are deployed in an anti-fraud capacity. Additionally, BC Card joined the FIDO Alliance board of directors.
All of that and more made up last weeks’ big FinTech headlines:
Physical Access, Time and Attendance, Enterprise
Last week brought the announcement that Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba integrated ImageWare Systems’ biometric technology into its ClearPass system. Crossmatch announced enhancements to its DigitalPersona Altus platform too, while we learned that Sesnory’s TrulySecure technology is helping track attendance in South America thanks to an integration with Inngresa’s mobile solution. ZKAccess made the news as well, with a successful showing at the New Jersey Electronic Security Association Annual Symposium Expo in Atlantic City.
National ID and Government Applications
The Nebraska DMV will be using MorphoTrust’s tablet based RoadTest solution for drivers license examinations, we reported last week. Green Bit will be aiding the Jordan eID project with its Multiscan527 fingerprint scanners, and we learned that the Indian government has collected the biometrics of nearly one billion citizens for national ID purposes.
New Biometric Methods and Modalities
Last week also brought with it innovation, with NEC announcing its initiatives to develop a unique type of ear shape scanning biometric identification. Researchers are also looking for new ways to identify persons of interest in the war on terror, aiming to ID individuals in videos based on their ‘V-Sign” biometrics. Check out the latest in biometric modalities with the following links:
Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the week as we continue to bring you the best in identity management news. Don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming webinar, Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones & IoT, and be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing.
March 14, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter