News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought our 14th Annual Year in Review to a close before kicking off Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017. Major news broke as a leading fingerprint sensor company made moves to expand into multimodality, and FinTech, border control, and government applications rounded out the headlines.

Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:

The End of the Year in Review

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightThe 14th annual FindBiometrics Year in Review came to a close last week. Our wide-reaching industry survey covered topics on important modalities and applications, the state of liveness detection, the death of the password, and much more. Dive into our Year in Review 2016 results, starting with an introduction from Don Erickson, the SEO of the Security Identity Association (SIA).

Year in Review 2016: An Introduction From Don Erickson, CEO, Security Industry Association (SIA)

Healthcare Biometrics

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightFebruary is Healthcare Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics and last week we kicked off the festivities with a primer on the topic. Healthcare was in the news too, as we got a preview of what to expect from NextGate at the upcoming HIMSS17 conference, and reported on a biometrically protected medication dispenser.

Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017: The Primer

NextGate to Tout Benefits of Biometrics at HIMSS17

Biometric Pill Dispenser Could Curb Substance Abuse

Eye-Based Biometrics

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightSensor manufacturer Fingerprint Cards made the iris biometrics headlines last week with the announcement that it is acquiring Delta ID—the company behind the first iris scanning consumer smartphone. Safran Identity and Security, meanwhile, announced a partnership with FotoNation to provide an iris scanning solution compatible with the Aadhaar national ID program in India. Moving on to other biometrics of the eye, EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID made its European debut thanks to deployment by Yapi Kredi. Read about all of those stories and more involving biometrics of the eye by following the links below:

FPC Eyes Iris Expansion with Delta ID Acquisition

EyeLock Offers Solution to Server-Side Biometrics Vulnerability

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Eyeprint ID Arrives in Europe Via Yapi Kredi

EyeVerify Sees Increasing Role for Biometrics in Financial Services

Government Applications

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightSafran Identity & Security’s mobile biometrics solutions were integral to recent votes undertaken in Ivory Coast, we reported last week. Elsewhere in the world, biometrics were being used in other government applications, with reports that the Karachi government is going to begin using biometric time and attendance technology, and news from Canada that the country’s government now requires biometric background checks from its contractors.

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

Safran Tech Used in Two Recent Biometric Votes in Ivory Coast

Karachi Gov’t to Implement Biometric Attendance Tracking


News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightSecuGen is preparing to show off its fingerprint biometrics solutions at the upcoming RSA 2017 conference. The company also recently showed off its technology at CES in Las Vegas and, in an interview published last week, FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill was able to catch up with SecuGen VP Sales Jeff Brown to discuss the role biometrics played at that highly regarded electronics exhibition.

Other fingerprint-focused news last week dealt with finances, appointments, and distribution partnerships. Fingerprint Cards increased its share capital and also released its year-end 2016 report, while NEXT Biometrics announced the appointment of its new CEO, and IDEX named a new US sales partner. Rounding out the fingerprint biometrics news, Precise Biometrics announced a big new licensing deal with an existing customer.

Check out all the different ways fingerprint biometrics made headlines last week:

INTERVIEW: Jeff Brown, Vice President Sales, SecuGen

SecuGen to Showcase UN20 Serial at RSA 2017

SecuGen to Showcase Bluetooth Fingerprint Sensor at RSA 2017

Fingerprint Cards’ Year-End Results Are In

Fingerprint Cards Increases Share Capital

Former Synaptics SVP is New CEO of NEXT Biometrics

New US Sales Partner Marks Expansion of Marketing Efforts for IDEX

Precise Biometrics Scores 17.5 Million SEK Deal

Second Factor

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

Second factor security is continuing to be a staple of the authentication news as the world slowly but surely answers the call for stronger-than-password security. A new app launched last week supporting biometric two-factor login for SalesForce users, and we followed-up on recent news concerning Facebook’s newly announced support for FIDO-compliant U2F security.

SalesForce Expands 2FA Support with New Biometric App

Facebook’s U2F Support Good News For Yubico


News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightMastercard’s much lauded Identity Check app (aka Selfie Pay), is on its way to Australia, we reported last week. Meanwhile in India, it is beginning to look like the long awaited Aadhaar Pay solution will launch imminently. We also saw that biometrics are being used by Skatteverket, Sweden’s tax agency, and got a preview of what to expect from Veridium at this year’s FinovateEurope conference.

Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

Veridium CEO to Show Off Solutions at FinovateEurope

Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Border Control

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The SpotlightLast week the TSA announced that it has brought 11 new airlines under the secure and convenient umbrella of its PreCheck passenger screening program. Meanwhile, overseas, authorities in Hong Kong were preparing to roll out biometric security to the territory’s airports.

Hong Kong Authorities Prepare to Bring Biometric Scanning to Airports

Biometric Traveler Screening Program Gets 11 New Airline Partners


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February 6, 2017 – by Peter B. Counter