Last week at FindBiometrics, Financial Biometrics Month continued in the featured articles section while major news about the FIDO Alliance, Apple Pay and upgraded products made up the top stories. Here is a look back on the week that was:
Financial Biometrics Month
As Financial Biometrics Month continued through week three of November, we took a look at four unique modalities that are helping commerce evolve to be more convenient and secure. Finance was prominently in the news last week too, with Apple Pay officially launching in Canada, reports of Samsung’s plans to launch in China, and a high tech community bank that leverages biometrics for next gen customer experience. We also saw a new report about how much more of a role biometrics and mPayments will be playing in the coming holiday season.
While fingerprints play a major role in financial biometrics, especially mPayments, they were elsewhere in the news last week as well. The Keeper password manager app released an update that can take advantage of Android Marshmallow’s fingerprint biometrics support, Synaptics announced impressive stats regarding its under-glass sensor innovations, and Egis Technology showed off its new wares at Cartes. We also reported last week on a new integration by NEXT Biometrics that sees its sensors featured on the SesameTouch “My Digital Life Companion.”
Cognitec Systems launched an upgraded version of its FaceVACS software, which sports improved matching as well as better age and gender analysis. Sensory released TrulySecure 2.0 last week too, along with a partner program to promote it, and we spoke with company CEO Todd Mozer about the new software. Moving to access control, we reported on Entertech Systems last week, whose BioConnect platform was integrated into C-CURE 9000.
The FIDO Alliance reached a major milestone late last week with the announcement that it has partnered with W3C, providing a set of specifications that will see FIDO’s standards proliferate even further into the Web. In addition to reporting on the news, we also received comment from FIDO visionary Ramesh Kesanupalli, founder of Nok Nok Labs, which itself is a founding member of the Alliance.
Border control continued to be in the biometrics news last week with further developments surrounding Schengen visa requirements. Dermalog announced border control focused hardware, with its new dual fingerprint/passport reader, and Daon—normally a fixture in the recent financial news—supported a major border security update in Asia.
The mobile revolution in biometrics is continuing, with rumors that Samsung is going to bring strong authentication to its budget range smartphones. Lenovo launched two new handsets featuring technology from Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics last week, and we reported on a new rugged tablet that can be customized to scan fingers. Finally, in Bangladesh, mobile network operators have begun to biometrically register customers.
Awards and Financial Results
To round things off for the week, we received the Q3 2015 fiscal results form BIO-key International and ImageWare Systems. BIO-key also made other news, having received an award from Frost & Sullivan for its product lineup.
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November 23, 2015 – by Peter B. Counter