This past week at FindBiometrics Physical Access Month continued as we prepared to head to Las Vegas for next week’s ISC West conference. HIMSS 2015 is also next week, and as such healthcare was also prominently featured in the news. Of course, we had the obligatory fingerprint news too, as well as multi-factor innovations and headlines concerning the law.
Here’s a look at the week in biometrics news:
April is all about physical access control here at FindBiometrics. With Physical Access Month and ISC West, the area of application is our primary topic of conversation. This week in the featured articles section, we took a look at four major modalities in physical access control, while in our interviews section, Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, interviewed HID Global and SRI International in advance of their ISC West showings.
This week we also saw ZKAccess becoming an independent company to better serve its target regions, a major access control integration involving Suprema, EnterTech and Genetec, and a UK based biometrics company scoring £200,000 in funding.
With HIMSS 2015 just around the corner, healthcare was a big topic in the industry news this week. The news brought with it sneak peeks of new releases from Imprivata and KSI, while we learned about BIO-key’s strong presence at this year’s event thanks to its long list of healcare partners. HID will also be in attendance next week, showing off its smart card authentication solutions for the featured vertical.
Law and Lawyers
Police in Florida used a mobile biometric fingerprint scanner to catch a fugitive from North Carolina this week. In other law enforcement news, we reported that Global Tel*Link has released a new voiceprint system, Voice IQ, aimed at identifying participants in correctional facility phone calls.
This week we also reported on a class action lawsuit out of Illinois regarding biometrics and privacy: Facebook is being sued for its collection of facial biometric data.
In fingerprint biometric news, we reported on Fingerprint Cards’ latest major sensor order, as well as the new authentication features on the upgraded HTC M9+. Morpho (Safran) made headlines twice this week, first with it’s 1-1 fingerprint matching coming out on top of NISTs Proprietary Fingerprint Template Evaluation (PFT II), and then with a new advanced time tracking solution from Infinisource that leverages its MorphoSmart CBM sensors.
Finally, BIO-key announced on Monday that it has entered into an Application Specific Licensing agreement with Avnet – which will see IBM middleware integrated with BIO-key software – aimed toward accelerating sales to customers in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
Rounding out the week’s news we had stories on multi-factor authentication. Risk management and fraud prevention company Early Warning announced that it will be acquiring Authentify, adding multi-factor authentication to its arsenal, while IriTech unveiled its new single camera sensor solution that combined iris biometrics with facial recognition.
On a more novel note, this week we also reported on Kairos’ acquisition of emotion analysis firm IMRSV. The result: facial recognition technology with emotion data analytics aimed at changing the way humans interact with computers.
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April 10, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter