News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore the world of law enforcement biometrics while acquisitions, both speculative and real, brought some excitement to the industry news. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris biometrics all made headlines, while an interview gave insight into the one of the newest big names in biometrics.

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Law Enforcement Biometrics Month was in week two as we took a look into the benefits and controversy surrounding fingerprint-based background checks in our featured articles section. Meanwhile, there’s still time to sign up for next week’s law enforcement biometrics webinar by following the links below.

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Big Deal With Background Checks

FindBiometrics Announces Biometric Law Enforcement Webinar


News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsEyeVerify was acquired by Alipay operator Ant Financial last week, a move followed closely by a reaffirmation of the Kansas City startup’s partnership with BioConnect. While the buzz around eyeprints and financial applications was at a major high, we saw Fingerprint Cards’ new CEO consider the role acquisitions might play in his company’s future, and a report shed light on the bidding activity around one of the identity tech industry’s more anticipated impending acquisitions as Safran seeks to sell its biometrics business.

Alipay Operator Ant Financial Acquires EyeVerify

EyeVerify Reaffirms BioConnect Partnership In Wake Of Ant Financial Acquisition

GUEST POST: BioConnect and EyeVerify Re-confirm Accelerating Plans for Secure Authentication in the Financial Services Sector

Report: Oberthur, Gemalto Bidding for Safran Biometrics Arm

Acquisitions Could Help Accelerate Growth: FPC CEO

Amid Acquisitions Speculation, FPC Concludes Share Capitalization Effort

Iris Biometrics

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsFindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill interviewed Mark Clifton, CEO of Princeton Identity, last week. Princeton Identity, which recently spun off from SRI International, is well positioned, having confirmed last week that it is in fact the provider of the iris recognition technology on the Samsung Galaxy Note7.

INTERVIEW: Princeton Identity CEO Mark Clifton

Princeton Identity is Samsung’s Iris Biometrics Source

Palm-Vein Scanning

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsIt wasn’t just eye vein patterns in the vascular biometrics news last week. Fujitsu announced two new updates to its line of palm vein scanners, and we learned that Japan’s Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank has been preparing to offer palm-vein authentication to its customers in Osaka, Tokai, and Tokyo.

Fujitsu Updates Aim to Expand Applications of Palm Vein Scanners

Japanese Bank to Let Customers Use Palm Vein Biometrics Instead of Cards

Facial Recognition

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsNovelty and innovation was the name of the game in last week’s facial recognition news. A teacher in China was reported as using face biometrics software to gauge boredom in his students while a girl band in Japan implemented facial recognition to prevent ticket fraud. Fe also learned of a new AI system that can learn to recognize faces even after they’ve been pixelated.

Machine-Learning System Can Identify Pixelated Faces

Japanese Pop Band Fans Scan Faces for Concert Tickets

Chinese Teacher Demonstrates Biometric Boredom-Tracking


News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsThe Global Identity Summit (GIS) starts today in Tampa, Florida, and Green Bit announced last week that it will be showing off its latest fingerprint scanner at the conference: the DactyID20. Suprema, in the meantime announced it will be showing off its own biometric hardware at next week’s Essen 2016, including its fingerprint scanning BioEntry W2 solution.

In the world of mobile fingerprint biometrics we heard rumors that the next Xiaomi smartphone will feature an under-glass ultrasonic sensor, and Fingerprint Cards announced that its tech is featured on three smartphones from Lenovo.

Green Bit to Debut New Hardware and Software at GIS

Suprema to Showcase Latest BioEntry, BioStar Solutions at Security Essen 2016

Is An Under-Glass Fingerprint Sensor Coming To Xiaomi Phones?

FPC Biometrics Ship on Lenovo K6, K6 Note and L6 Power


News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsDaon announced that, in partnership with NTT Data, it is developing biometric authentication platforms for two banks in Japan. Chase Bank, meanwhile, has expanded its use of fingerprint biometrics on its mobile app, and Apple Pay finally launched web support, allowing users to shop online with the touch of a fingerprint.

Apple Pay Finally Comes To The Web

Daon to Develop Biometric Authentication Platform with Japanese Banks, NTT Data

Chase Bank Enhances Mobile App’s Fingerprint Biometrics

Biometric ID

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsSafran’s electronic ID solution achieved FIDO certification last week, while big companies like Apple and Google had to deal with the Indian government’s request for their consumer devices and services to be made Aadhaar ready. We also got a look at the human side of electronic elections last week, Smartmatic having recently announced the winner of its Transparency 2016 Election Photo Contest.

Safran eID Solution Gets FIDO Certification

Photo Contest Illustrates Democratic Ideals of Recent Philippines Election

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

Multimodal Biometrics

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major AcquisitionsHoyos Labs changed its name to Veridium last week, simultaneously launching an eponymous multimodal authentication platform. ImageWare, meanwhile, announced its partnership with Fortscale, bolstering the later’s behavioral analytics with GoVerifyID’s multimodal biometric authentication capabilities.

Hoyos Labs Rebrands as Veridium, Launches New Authentication Platform

Behavior Analytics Platform Integrates Biometrics Via GoVerifyID


Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the week as we continue to bring you the best in identity management news. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing.

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September 19, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter