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.
EyeVerify 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.
FindBiometrics 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.
It 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.
Novelty 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.
The 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.
Daon 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.
Safran’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.
Hoyos 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.
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