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Fingerprint Cards AB Scores Another Design Win In China

August 27 – by Peter B. Counter The swipe sensor technology featured in the recently launched Disney-themed Fujitsu smartphone is going to be making even more appearances in Asian built mobiles now that Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has racked up yet another design win (DW) from a Chinese manufacturer. The DW, which will see the fingerprint…

New Report Says Multi-Factor Authentication Market To Be Worth Over $5 Billion by 2017

August 26, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter It should come as no surprise that the password is no longer a strong enough deterrent to keep wanting hackers, snoopers and botnets out of private online spaces. Accounts providers like Google have been very vocal in the need for a stronger security measure motivating them to…

Cognitec’s Face Recognition Featured In Large German EasyPASS Project

August 22, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter A contract recently awarded to a large consortium of companies by the German Border Police will have all major German airports equipped with eGates that feature face recognition solutions from Dresden-based biometrics company Cognitec Systems. The contract is the largest of its kind ever seen in Europe, seeing…

Seriously Fun Authentication: The Advent of Biometric Gaming

August 21, 2013 – by Peter B.Counter An iPhone with a fingerprint sensor in its home button: this is the mental image quickly becoming the most associated with the term “consumer biometrics.” The immensely popular Apple handheld device is rumored to be protected by a fingerprint, the very piece of the user that interfaces with…

Fingerprint Cards AB Receives Largest Production Order Yet

August 21, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter Fingerprint fever continues on the wave of demand for biometric security in smartphones and tablets, and the company with the namesake is at the center of the news once again. Today, Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) has announced that it has received its largest mass production order yet,…

BIOGUARD Jail Release System Keeps Binds Inmates To IDs

August 20, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter US Morpho (Safran) subsidiary MorphoTrak is continuing to give Arizona law enforcement a biometric boost. Last week the company supplied the Mesa Police Department with enough MorphoIDent mobile recognition units to fully cover its patrol schedule, and now the BIOGUARD system is being implemented in the Maricopa…

CLEAR Gates Launching in San Jose, Continued Focus Announced For Silicon Valley

August 19, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter Today it was announced that CLEAR, a biometrics-based airport security solutions company, will continue to expand across the United States with services to be launched in September for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). Plans were also revealed to implement CLEAR solutions in Silicon Valley.…

Cross Match Technologies Consolidating Operations in Jena, Germany

August 16, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter Biometric identity provider Cross Match Technologies, the company behind the SEEK Avenger multi-biometric software solution (released earlier this year), announced today that, in order to accelerate development and enhance profitability, it will be consolidating its Jena, Germany facilities into its existing US operations based in Palm Beach…

Rumors Versus Fingerprints, Iris Scanning Versus College Students and Smart Cards For South Africa: Biometrics News Round-Up August 12-16

August 16 – by Peter B. Counter This week fingerprint biometrics solutions took the industry news spotlight as a slew of second quarter financial results collided with mobile security speculations. Eyeballs, not to be outdone, received some endorsements, and smart card identification documents are starting to replace old paper IDs in South Africa. Here is…

EyeLock Recruits New Talent To Accelerate International Expansion and National Penetration

August 16, 2013 – Peter B. Counter Iris-based authentication solutions provider EyeLock Inc. has announced the recruitment for two new executives in what appears to be an aggressive posturing for the second half of 2013. Yesterday Michael Fiorito was appointed as vice president of enterprise accounts, and today Roger An was named vice president of…

BIO-key International Q2 Financial Results Show Reduction In Sales

August 15, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter With its second quarter ending on June 30, fingerprint biometric identification solutions provider BIO-key International Inc. released its financial results for the period yesterday. According to the company’s press release announcement, when compared against Q2 2012, the most recent second quarter showed a decrease in revenue of…

Personalized Smart ID Cards Come to South Africa via Datacard Group

August 15, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter It used to take 47 days for South African identification documents, barcoded paper ID books, to be produced and delivered, and they were simple, forge-able and insecure. Now, with Datacard Group announcing today that its Datacard MX series card issuance and delivery systems will be utilized by…

The Power of a Rumor: iPhone 5S Gossip Is Great For Fingerprint Biometrics

August 14, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter The rumors are persistent, and the closer the expected September iPhone 5S announcement gets, the more likely it seems that the next generation of Apple’s popular smartphone will be protected by a biometric fingerprint sensor. Two weeks ago, immediately after the new iOS dev kit was sent…

BIO-key International Recognized With 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership

After recently evaluating the fingerprint biometric solutions market, Frost & Sullivan has singled out BIO-key, which exclusively offers mobile and Internet-based software solutions, as the recipient of the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership. The award, presented to the company that has yielded significant market share during the…

NIST Evaluation Reveals MorphoTrust Iris Identification as Most Accurate

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its Iris Exchange (IREX) IV report on July 11, which while receiving quite a bit of attention for the finding that age is not a major factor of iris degradation, also compared the performance of iris algorithms from a variety of commercial and academic providers. Of the…

Fingerprint Cards Begins Promised Recruitment With Jan Johannesson, VP Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management

It was announced today that Fingerprint Cards has recruited Jan Johannesson as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management. The announcement comes after Fingerprint Cards’ exceptional second quarter, which brought with it news that FPC’s Board of Directors has made the executive decision to focus on expanding the company’s staff in preparation for what it…

GenKey’s New Biometric SDK Released Today

FastAFIS and BioHASH are two biometric matching technologies included in GenKey’s new software development kit (SDK). Released today, the new version of the large-scale ID solutions provider’s SDK suite, along with the ability to match poor quality fingerprints, shows significant performance improvements in speed and accuracy, with FastAFIS accounting for speed and BioHASH powering the…

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