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Bank Independent Enables Conversational Commerce

Bank Independent Enables Conversational Commerce

Customers of Alabama’s Bank Independent can now access their banking services via an AI-driven virtual assistant based on Amazon’s Alexa platform. That includes checking their account balances, performing transactions, and receiving information about loans, bank hours, and more; and the system can even perform biometric authentication using voice recognition. The technology arrives via Enacomm’s VPA,…

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Police Advised to Avoid Looking at Suspects’ iPhone Xs

Police Advised to Avoid Looking at Suspects’ iPhone Xs

“…newer iPhones are designed to require a passcode after five unsuccessful unlock attempts using Face ID, the facial recognition system that allows iPhone users to unlock their devices just by looking at them.” At least one forensics consultant is advising police to avoid looking at a criminal suspect’s iPhone X, in case they need to…

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Consumers are Increasingly Open to Financial Services From Tech Companies: Fiserv

Consumers are Increasingly Open to Financial Services From Tech Companies: Fiserv

“…49 percent of respondents in Fiserv’s surveys said they would feel secure with biometric authentication in financial services.” Consumers are increasingly open to the idea of receiving financial services from tech companies, suggests new research from Fiserv, Inc. The findings come by way of Fiserv’s newly published “Expectations & Experiences: Channels and New Entrants” study,…

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WISeKey Announces Blockchain-Based Mobile Identity Platform

WISeKey Announces Blockchain-Based Mobile Identity Platform

“…WISeKey emphasized its compliance with the United Nations’ ID2020 program, an initiative aimed at extending official identity systems to everyone in the world, with an estimated 1.3 billion people currently thought to be undocumented, a status that can seriously hinder the ability to access vital government services.” Geneva-based WISeKey has announced a new “Universal Decentralized…

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New OmniVision Sensor Can Recognize Faces in the Dark

New OmniVision Sensor Can Recognize Faces in the Dark

“OmniVision’s solution circumvents the need for such an elaborate approach, and the company says it’s highly energy efficient to boot.” A new image sensor could help to extend the reach of facial recognition technology to nighttime applications. The solution, dubbed “OS02C10”, comes by way of OmniVision Technologies. It’s a 2.9-micron, 2MP image sensor featuring what…

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TSA Teams Up with CBP on Biometric Traveller Screening

TSA Teams Up with CBP on Biometric Traveller Screening

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has officially teamed up with US Customs and Border Protection in its effort to expand its use of biometric traveler screening technology. The revelation arrives via the newly published TSA Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience, a document aimed at detailing the TSA’s “plan to expand the…

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Former Supervisory Board Chairman Becomes IDEMIA’s New CEO

Former Supervisory Board Chairman Becomes IDEMIA’s New CEO

“I have witnessed IDEMIA’s growth potential first hand and believe it is excellently poised to continue to consolidate its position as the leader in the sector.” -Yann Delabrière, CEO, IDEMIA IDEMIA has a new CEO, the company has announced. Yann Delabrière comes to the company from a previous position as the “Lead Independent Director” of…

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German Blockchain Not-for-Profit Exploring Smart City Applications of Palm Vein Tech

German Blockchain Not-for-Profit Exploring Smart City Applications of Palm Vein Tech

“In smart city applications, such biometric scans would be linked to distributed ledger systems to deliver immutable audit trails, with the IOTA Foundation highlighting applications in data centers, airports, and stadiums.” A Berlin-based not-for-profit focused on the promotion of blockchain technology is exploring the use of palm vein biometrics for authentication of individuals in Smart…

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Applied Recognition Joins VMware Distribution Platform

Applied Recognition Joins VMware Distribution Platform

Applied Recognition‘s facial recognition technology could reach a range of new clients thanks to its newly-announced integration into VMware’s Technology Alliance Partner Program, or TAP. TAP is essentially a distribution platform offered by VMware to help its partners’ solutions reach its network of clients, which extends to over 500,000 worldwide, VMware says. Now, the program…

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ITBiometrics to Unveil Biometric Cryptocurrency Wallet at Money20/20

ITBiometrics to Unveil Biometric Cryptocurrency Wallet at Money20/20

“It can also be programmed to unlock based on the correct sequence of fingerprint scans, essentially turning the digits of a user’s hand into the digits of a biometric PIN.” Ahead of this year’s Money20/20 Las Vegas event, newcomer ITBiometrics has been admitted into the event’s Startup Academy. The company offers a cryptocurrency wallet boasting…

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Xiaozhu Looks to Improve Lodger Experience With Facial Recognition

Xiaozhu Looks to Improve Lodger Experience With Facial Recognition

Xiaozhu, an Airbnb-like service based in China, has announced that it has brought in $300 million in its latest financing round, and will use part of the capital influx to develop smart home technology, which could involve biometrics. The funding round was led by Advantech Capital and Yunfeng Capital, a venture capital firm backed by…

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UK Home Office Embracing Biometrics to Know its Travellers

UK Home Office Embracing Biometrics to Know its Travellers

A major new government contract in the UK suggests authorities in the country are moving toward biometrics-driven, mobile-based identity solutions for travellers. The UK Home Office awarded the contract to WorldReach Software, an Ottawa-based firm offering a platform called “Know Your Traveller”. The platform is designed to facilitate remote identity verification through a smartphone app,…

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Biometrics on New Google Devices Powered by Fingerprints

Biometrics on New Google Devices Powered by Fingerprints

“The Pixel 3 smartphones’ fingerprint sensors are rear-mounted, while the Pixel Slate’s fingerprint sensor has been integrated into its power button.” With the unveiling of Google’s latest mobile devices, Fingerprints (FPC) is celebrating some very high-profile deployments. The company has revealed that Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, as well as its Pixel Slate…

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Daon Announces Partnership with Innovation Finance

Daon Announces Partnership with Innovation Finance

“Daon has proven again and again the ability to help its customers improve their mobile development initiatives while maintaining a secure platform. Daon’s expertise in biometric authentication is a key component of our technology, and the enhanced security is invaluable to our clients.” -Bill Verhelle, CEO, Innovation Finance Another financial services firm is leveraging Daon‘s…

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Panamanian Bank Opts for Selfie Authentication, Care of Ipsidy

Panamanian Bank Opts for Selfie Authentication, Care of Ipsidy

Unibank Panama is opting for a new login system for its customers from Ipsidy, adopting the company’s Verified biometric, multi-factor authentication system into its digital services. Ipsidy conducted the deployment along with integration partner Datapro, and while the full launch is on hold pending domestic regulatory approvals, the client already appears to be quite satisfied.…

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Precise Biometrics to Move Beyond Fingerprints in Strategic Shift

Precise Biometrics to Move Beyond Fingerprints in Strategic Shift

“Biometric systems with fingerprints, face, voice, behaviour and iris enables a digital identity that makes it more convenient and secure in the daily life.” Stefan K. Persson, CEO, Precise Biometrics Precise Biometrics is moving beyond fingerprint recognition, announcing that it has embraced a new business strategy focused on multi-modal biometric authentication solutions. In a statement…

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Thales and Gemalto Expect Merger Deal to Close in Q1 2019

Thales and Gemalto Expect Merger Deal to Close in Q1 2019

The leadership at Gemalto and Thales are adjusting their expectations with respect to their proposed merger, announcing that they now expect the deal to close in the first quarter of 2019. The announcement comes after the news that the US Committee on Foreign Investment had given the merger its thumbs-up last month, marking the 6th…

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New Partnership Enables Naked Cryptocurrency Payments

New Partnership Enables Naked Cryptocurrency Payments

Singapore-based naked payments pioneer Touché has teamed up with a Luxembourg-based blockchain platform to offer a simplified means of in-store purchases using cryptocurrency. The system is of course based on Touché’s biometric payments concept, which revolves around linking users’ fingerprints to their payment accounts to allow them to make purchases with a simple fingerprint scan — and…

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Google Pixel 3 Smartphones Focus on Computer Vision

Google Pixel 3 Smartphones Focus on Computer Vision

Google’s focus on artificial intelligence has been central to its strategy in delving into hardware over the last couple of years, and with this week’s launch of its latest Pixel smartphones, that focus is sharper and clearer than ever, with computer vision in particular at its center. To be clear, the voice-based Google Assistant is…

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FacePhi Announces inPhinite ‘Zero Risk’ Security Platform

FacePhi Announces inPhinite ‘Zero Risk’ Security Platform

“The release of this product will mean the consolidation of our position within the biometric security market in financial entities.” – Javier Mira, CEO, FacePhi FacePhi has dramatically expanded its solutions portfolio, taking its flagship Selphi solution and building a “zero risk” security platform around it. Dubbed “inPhinite”, the platform comprises six key elements. There…

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