Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Mobile Identity Month, in which we will be taking a focused look at the latest thinking and news in mobile biometrics technology. Iris, fingerprint and vascular biometrics technology made up the bulk of the news while we also reported on biometric elections, law enforcement and financial deployments.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:
Mobile Identity Month
October is Mobile Identity Month at FindBiometrics and to kick things off we published a featured primer and announced our next webinar event, the latter which you can still register for below. Apple made recent acquisitions that imply a greater focus on biometric technology in its offerings while we received confirmation that Siri now sports voice recognition. Meanwhile, Nymi’s new CEO expounded on the historical importance of the biometric Nymi Band.
Here is how Mobile Identity Month started at FindBiometrics:
A new report from Markets and Markets indicated that the growth period experienced by the fingerprint sensor market is far from over, while glowing preliminary Q3 results from Fingerprint Cards (FPC) served as strong corroboration in that regard. A major Swedish investment firm was announced as seeking to invest heavily in NEXT Biometrics last week too, while TRAIS announced a transparent fingerprint sensor and Microsoft began to sell its Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, which features its own biometric sensor.
Microsoft announced its two newest Lumia smartphones last week, each of whcih features an infrared iris scanner for authentication. Toshiba was also in the mobile iris news with the announcement of its own eye-based biometric sensor designed for mobile devices.
The Royal Bank of Canada introduced voice authentication via natural speech for its phone banking customers last week, while we reported that MasterCard has made further decisions in support of biometric authentication and tokenization. Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify, in the meantime, posted a blog on his company’s website calling for a payment grade security standard for biometrics.
Law Enforcement was in the news last week with police forces from multiple counties in New York State scoring grant money for fingerprint biometric technology. We talked facial recognition last week too with the launch of new CCTV camera that is shipping with the identification tech built right in.
Aadhaar was a topic of discussion last week but not in a wholly positive context. Teachers in India protested Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance tracking and the entire program itself faced a setback when the country’s Supreme Court refused to rule on a case brought by the central government seeking to expand its use of the national biometric identity card system. Elsewhere in the world, voter ID was on the docket, with the Philippines’ Comelec announcing the final chance for voter registration and the successful conclusion of a biometric election in Kyrgyzstan.
Vascular biometrics made headlines last week with JCB introducing a palm vein recognition payments system and Imprivata planning to showcase its PatientSecure identification solution (also palm vein based) at this week’s Cerner Health Conference.
In FIDO Alliance news last week we reported on the consortium’s latest government level member, the German Federal Office for Information Security. Meanwhile, Alliance member HYPR weighed in on the recent OPM hack.
Fall is a busy time for the identity industry in terms of conferences. Last week we got previews of what to expect from NEC at this year’s GoveWare conference as well as a sneak peek at what The Human Chain will be bringing to Biometrics 2015. Rounding out the week’s news we also reported on a major appointment: Morpho (Safran) named Olivier Méaux as the new Executive Vice President for its Digital Security and Authentication division.
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October 13, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter