Last week at FindBiometrics we were in Tampa for this year’s Global Identity Summit (GIS 2016) while we continued to explore law enforcement biometrics in our featured articles section. The industry news was filled with fingerprint, iris, and face biometrics news, spanning verticals from healthcare to national ID.
Here’s a look back on last week’s biggest stories in biometrics and identity management:
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Global Identity Summit
GIS 2016 was held in Tampa, Florida, for the last time, as it will be moving to Washington, D.C., next year. While we were there we saw JENETRIC launch its new LIVETOUCH quattro Compact at a lively party after seeing an interesting day one focus on private sector biometrics thanks to the involvement of FIDO Alliance’s Brett McDowell. New product launches from GreenBit and Crossmatch made conference headlines too. Crossmatch’s Ben Ball, in an interview with FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill, gave us an inside look at the company’s new mobile livescan solution.
Take a look at some of our GIS 2016 coverage by following the links below:
Law Enforcement Biometrics Month
We examined four different deployments of biometrics last week in order to illustrate the diverse landscape of identity applications in law enforcement. That was a part of Law Enforcement Biometrics Month, which will be culminating this coming Wednesday with an expert webinar on the topic. Law enforcement made the industry news too, with MorphoTrak (Safran) announcing the deployment of its cloud-based ABIS by Albuquerque police.
Healthcare made the news last week with Lenovo Health partnering with LifeMed and aiming to provide a patient ID solution to the market. Brooklyn’s NYU Lutheran medical center, meanwhile, announced a major upgrade to the EHR system it uses—an upgrade that leverages palm-vein biometrics for authentication. Biometrics in the health space might soon expand to the lower parts of the age spectrum, thanks to Michigan State University research suggesting that infant fingerprints can be used for identification, opening up innovative possibilities for identity management in pediatric care.
A new partnership struck last week between Lenovo, Synaptics, Intel, and PayPal stands to bring FIDO-based biometrics to laptops. Furthermore, the FIDO Alliance announced that there are now 250 FIDO Certified products on the market—a major milestone for the consortium. Sensory, Inc. is counted among the companies that can boast FIDO UAF certified authentication technology, and last week it announced a major partnership with Samsung SDS that will see its voice and face recognition tech brought to the latter’s solutions.
Proponents of the on-device authentication approach of FIDO have another major database breach to point to when arguing for their preferred approach to security. Yahoo announced a massive hack that lead to the compromise of hundreds of millions of user credentials including usernames and passwords. Read more below:
After a high profile summer, iris recognition stayed in the news last week with new research suggesting that the modality might start the next wave of mainstream mobile biometrics. Iris authentication officially launched on Samsung Pay with a new update, and Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS technology received certification for use in Aadhaar.
Fingerprint biometrics still hold a great deal of prominence in the headlines, with Fingerprint Cards announcing two new sensor integrations on mobile devices. Synaptics announced its Natural ID sensor is featured on Lenovo’s Yoga 910 laptop, rumors swirled around the potential of a BlackBerry device with fingerprint biometrics, and new research presented by Visa Europe showed fingerprint biometrics was a popular modality among British citizens who are warming to strong authentication technology in financial applications. We also saw how fingerprint biometrics can fit into a multi-factor authentication system thanks to platforms like BIO-key’s WEB-key.
Uber announced a driver verification systems based on facial recognition last week, while Applied Recognition launched Ver-ID, a document signing solution that features face biometrics. 3M launched a new solution as well—the 3M Live Face Identification System can scan and match multiple faces on live and recorded video footage.
Two new appointments made the headlines last week. TOC Biometrics announced its new international manager, and KnuEdge appointed a new GM for its KnuVerse voice recognition brand.
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.
Don’t forget to sign up for the upcoming Law Enforcement Biometrics Month webinar. Registration is free, and attendees can expect to participate in an interactive question and answer period featuring our expert panel.
September 26, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter