News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017

Last week we brought in the new year with exciting biometrics news coverage straight out of CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The first major tech conference of the year, renowned for setting the technological tone for the following twelve months, CES dominated the identity news with automotive headlines, fingerprint sensor news, and much more. The industry was still active outside of Vegas too, with stories surfacing in healthcare, law enforcement, and physical access control.

Here’s a look back on the top identity tech stories from the first week of 2017:

Automotive Biometrics

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017CES has been a reliable source of big deal connected car news for the past few years, and last week we saw biometrics finally take the spotlight in this regard. Honda announced its partnership with VocalZoom—a union that has resulted in optical voice sensors integrated into the later’s smart car. And while voice and speech recognition might seem relatively standard when it comes to automotive biometrics, it can’t be denied that one of the most exciting authentication technologies announced at CES was Gentex’s driver authentication system that has seen Delta ID’s iris recognition technology integrated into a rearview mirror. Read more about biometric smart car innovations below:

Honda Bringing Optical Voice Biometrics System to the Smart Car

Delta ID Tech Powers Iris-Scanning Driver Authentication System

Vehicular Biometric System Authenticates Drivers Via Mirror

Fingerprint Sensors

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017Fingerprint Cards announced last week that all of its biometric touch sensors are now available to be integrated into PCs. Meanwhile, at CES, Goodix won an innovation award for its liveness detection fingerprint sensor, SecuGen was showing off its newly launched UN20 Serial sensor, and IDEX was demonstrating its fingerprint smart card solution.

Goodix Wins CES Innovation Award for Liveness-Detecting Fingerprint Sensor

FPC Takes Major Step Into PC Market

IDEX to Show Off ISO-ID1 Solution at CES 2017

SecuGen Launches UN20 Serial Fingerprint Sensor

Biometric Smartphones

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017Fingerprint sensors are also off to a strong start in terms of 2017 smartphone integrations. Last week we saw FPC sensors integrated into handsets from Huawei and Xiaomi, Goodix sensors featured on an LG smartphone, and Synaptics sensors on a VR-ready device from ASUS. Indeed, it seems that as the new year dawns, it is more remarkable for a smartphone to launch without a biometric sensor than with one. The latest market research from Acuity certainly corroborates this view, with the firm’s most recent report stating the biometric smartphone market saw growth upwards of 100 percent in 2016.

Take a look at those and more of last week’s big biometric smartphone headlines:

Biometric Smartphone Market Saw Massive Growth in 2016

Biometric Authentication Plays Key Role in Radical Samsung Patents

Synaptics Tech Gets High-Profile Deployment in ASUS ZenFone AR

New Huawei, Xiaomi Phones Feature FPC Sensors

LG Pivots to Goodix for New Smartphones’ Fingerprint Sensors

Huawei Opts for Synaptics Sensor in Changxiang 6S Handset

Security Keys

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017

Last week we reported on Google’s strong recommendation that Google Adwords partners adopt second-factor verification, otherwise known as two-factor authentication (2FA). Two-factor has become increasingly accessible as of late and is seeing some overlap with biometrics, a trend on display with the newly launched security key from Kensington, which features a Synaptics fingerprint sensor.

Kensington Announces FIDO-Compliant Key Designed for Windows 10

Google Urging Adwords Partners to Adopt 2Sv Security

Biometric Padlocks

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017Biometric padlocks were on parade at CES 2017 last week, with BIO-key showcasing its line of fingerprint-protected physical access devices. BIO-key wasn’t alone in highlighting this new technology niche, with LA startup BenjiLock also showcasing its own next gen padlock.

Fingerprint-Scanning Padlock Represents a Growing Niche in Biometrics Market

BIO-key Aims to Wow With Biometric Padlocks at CES 2017

Contactless Biometrics

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017Iris ID announced that its contactless biometric technology has been deployed in an Icelandic gym for physical access control purposes. In the world of facial recognition, meanwhile, Synaptics announced that the modality has been integrated into its Natural ID line of authentication solutions, and we also saw how face biometrics are having an effect on fraud and fashion around the world.

Icelandic Gym Chain Introduces Iris-Based Access Control

Fashion Designs Aimed at Overwhelming Facial Recognition Systems

Social Welfare Fraudsters Weeded Out by Facial Recognition System

Synaptics Brings Facial Recognition to Natural ID Line Via Multi-Factor Fusion Engine

Mobility, Biometrics, and Verticals

News Roundup: Automotive Biometrics at CES 2017

A new healthcare communications app called pillphonewhich can put patients in touch with doctors, uses biometric authentication courtesy of ImageWare, we reported last week. On a broader level, mobility and vertical applications intersected with the announcement of biometric signature recognition on AAEON’s rugged tablets.

Healthcare Communications App Uses ImageWare’s Biometric Tech

iSign and AAEON Bring Biometric Signatures to Rugged Tablets


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