Last week at FindBiometrics we began to unpack the results of our 14th annual Year in Review survey. Meanwhile, the industry news was filled with mobile device integrations, contactless modality innovations, and encouraging predictions for the year ahead.
Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:
Year in Review Results
The results are in for our 14th annual Year in Review and last week we started to unpack them. We kicked things off with a look at how our respondents viewed the mainstreaming of biometrics in 2016, what the most exciting modalities of the year were, and the state of consumer biometrics in terms of nascence. We weren’t the only ones looking back on 2016 last week either, with the FIDO Alliance announcing that the year saw a 200 percent growth in FIDO Certified products. Looking ahead, HID Global released its predictions for trends in identity management in 2017.
Biometric Mobile Devices
Speaking of predictions, new research from Deloitte predicts that this year will see a billion active biometric mobile devices. Supporting that forecast, last week saw Fingerprint Cards announcing three new smartphone sensor integrations, while new rumors had us talking about how biometrics will be featured on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, mobility is more than smartphones, and last week Fujitsu announced a new biometric system that could see palm vein recognition integrated with tablets.
NEXT Biometrics announced plans to have its flexible fingerprint sensors reach mass production in the second quarter of this year. Meanwhile, fingerprint biometrics specialist JENETRIC announced that it has achieved ISO 9001 certification, and a researcher from Japan’s National Institute of Informatics had a biometrics-focused warning for people apt to flashing the peace sign in pictures.
Windows and Biometrics
Last week, Microsoft announced that close to 100 products on the market support its Windows Hello biometric authentication. Meanwhile, ImageWare’s GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite platform received Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 certification, meaning it’s compatible with Microsoft’s hosting platform. Here’s what had us talking about Windows and biometrics last week:
Voice and Speech
Last week we reported on a low-power voice activation platform—the product of a collaboration between Vesper, DSP Group, and Sensory—that can run for years without battery replacement. Sensory’s new VoiceGenie solution, meanwhile, is set to bring Amazon Alexa to Bluetooth headsets. Moving from speech recognition to voice authentication, a new technology called FirVox is aiming to replace digital signatures with voiceprints in Europe.
Sticking to the realm of contactless biometrics, facial recognition made headlines for a variety of reasons last week. NIST announced its new testing program for the modality, and we saw face biometrics at work in a KFC in Beijing. NEC Corporation—fresh off winning the North American Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award—prepared for this week’s NRF Retail’s Big Show where it is showcasing its facial recognition solutions tailored for marketing applications.
MorphoTrust expanded its biometric prescreening services to events venues with Fast Pass by IdentoGO, the company announced last week. Tascent’s InSight One solution was launched on Thursday, a compact biometric device with applications in travel and border control, but that is also ideal for deployments in finance, government, and healthcare spaces.
Citi continued to roll out its voice-based caller authentication, announcing last week that its Indian banking customers can now benefit from biometric convenience and assurance. Also in India, the county’s national ID program has been made mandatory for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme—a program that allows workers to receive subsidies. Turning to the world of payments, HYPR Corp. announced a new eCommerce platform based on biometrics and aimed at Fortune 500 companies.
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