Last week at FindBiometrics we saw a variety of facial recognition stories that illustrated the many complicated facets of the modality in action while fingerprint biometrics made prominent headlines. We saw big picture cybersecurity news too, as biometric wearables and border control rounded out our industry coverage.
Here’s a look back on the biggest stories in biometrics from the week that was:
Fingerprint biometrics company BIO-key appointed a new COO last week while we got a look at the company’s Windows 10 compatible USB fingerprint readers in action. NEC Corporation of America announced the theme of this year’s AFIS Internet User Conference, NEXT Biometrics released its Q2 2016 financial results, and we reported that Synaptics’ Natural ID technology has been integrated into new touchpads from Clevo. We also got an update from Austin, Texas, which is seeing high compliance rates with its fingerprint-based background check regulations for ride share services, despite Uber having previously pulled out of the city in protest of such measures.
Here are last week’s big fingerprint biometrics headlines:
Of course, that’s not all the fingerprint news; the modality is practically omnipresent in the mobile biometrics industry news. Sensor manufacturer Fingerprint Cards announced multiple integrations of its technology, for instance, with Huawei, Xiaomi, 360, and a Japanese rugged smartphone maker all launching devices sporting FPC tech. Meanwhile, some mobile users in India now have the option to register for accounts with fingerprint and iris biometrics linked to Aadhaar, and Thailand’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission announced a forthcoming mobile biometric login security feature for its customers.
Voice and Speech
JLG Technologies has upgraded its own voice recognition, which is aimed at correctional facilities, so that individual callers can be identified by voice across multiple calls—an innovation meant to crack down on gang activity. Turning from law enforcement to financial, Citibank launched a voice recognition system for phone banking customers in Malaysia. In the realm of speech recognition, meanwhile, we reported on a new study that has found voice command to be a more accurate and efficient mobile input method than texting.
The many colors of facial recognition made the news last week, painting a complex and interesting portrait of the modality. We saw the New York DMV’s use of face biometrics paying off in the catching of fraudsters, the German government looked to the modality for national security purposes in its fight against terrorism, and a bank in Japan was reported to be developing a payment system that allows users to authenticate transactions with only their face. Meanwhile, the conversation turned to the need for adequate liveness detection as researchers found a way to spoof multiple face recognition technologies using pictures from social media profiles.
Access Control and Border Security
Last week, ZKAccess announced that its fingerprint technology has been granted Lenel Certification, allowing Lenel OnGuard users to deploy its biometric physical access control solutions. Meanwhile, Vision-Box announced that its automated border control tech has been officially deployed at Carrasco Airport in Montevideo.
Unisys released poll results last week that indicate major opportunity for biometric wearable technology in law enforcement. Samsung made wearable biometric news last week too, with a new patent describing fingerprint and iris recogntion on wristbands and headsets respectively.
Cybersecurity At Large
Finally, there was big picture cybersecurity and privacy on the table last week, with NSTIC announcing six new projects, and Safran Identity & Security announcing its support for a public-private partnership between ECSO and the European Commission. PEARL by OT received important certifications in the financial and urban transportation markets, while Balabit’s Blindspotter was honored at this year’s Golden Bridge Awards.
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August 29, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter