Last week at FindBiometrics law enforcement and banking made up the bulk of the headlines. We saw new biometric smartphone integrations, a major new team up for The FIDO Alliance, and much more.
Here is a look back on last week’s’ top stories in global identity management.
Civil ID made the news last week with the continuing expansion of Aadhaar in India. Stateside, Utah’s Driver License Division began to issue new driver’s licenses from MorphoTrust USA. Read the details by following the links below.
Ukraine has passed a new law regarding its biometric passport program, stipulating the mandatory enrollment of biometrics as well as the legal age of passport requirement in the country. Meanwhile, efforts to make air travel easier in the US via the application of biometrics continued with new temporary IdentoGO centers preparing to open their doors for TSA PreCheck enrollment across the country.
The FIDO Alliance
The FIDO Alliance made the news last week, announcing its collaboration with EMVCo, which aims to bring its strong authentication standards to chip cards. Alliance member Daon, in the meantime, began offering a free FIDO Quick Start trial in order to help jumpstart adoption of the Alliance protocols.
BioConnect’s Bianca Lopes commented on the rise and use of biometrics in banking last week, while we saw the expansion of Touch ID ATM authentication in the US thanks to a new partnership between FIS and Payment Alliance International. Daon’s IdentityX platform was selected by online bank, NEON, and USAA’s mobile app—which also features Daon powered biometrics, received an accessibility upgrade.
Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced three smartphone integrations of its sensor technology last week. Meanwhile, Visa Europe announced survey results detailing European consumers’ embrace of biometrics, showing favorable results for the fingerprint modality in terms of popularity.
In law enforcement last week we continued to see controversy, with the news of a clandestine FBI iris biometrics project coming to light thanks to an investigative report from The Verge. The Rhode Island DMV meanwhile insisted that it will not share its biometric data with the FBI. In Austin, the fight for biometric background checks for taxi service drivers continued, the city proceeding with legislation requiring the checks.
It wasn’t all drama last week in law enforcement biometrics, however, with a jail in Vancouver, Washington, selecting a biometric inmate tracking system.
Time and Attendance
Speaking of biometric tracking, Aadhaar enabled teacher tracking is being pushed into rural areas of India—aiming to bring greater accountability to the classroom. Neurotechnology, meanwhile, launched the latest version of its NCheck Bio Attendance solution.
HID Global issued a mid-year update in its predicted trends of 2016 last week, pointing to a demand for mobile security solutions. Fujitsu seemed to corroborate the trend, bringing ImageWare’s GoVerifyID to its Biometrics-as-a-Service platform.
Face, Voice and Speech
Russian face biometrics startup VisionLabs received a considerable investment from venture backers as a new report highlighted the driving factors behind the facial recognition market. CallMiner Eureka, the transcription software partially powered by SpeechPro USA for speaker differentiation, received a major upgrade.
Here are last week’s big face and voice headlines:
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July 18, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter