Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Mobile Biometrics Month to a close as we prepared to head to Las Vegas for this week’s ISC West conference and exhibition from which we will be reporting live. There was a ton of news activity in the realm of fingerprints, Samsung launched its multimodal Galaxy S8 handset, and behavioral biometrics stood out with a major acquisition by Mastercard.
Take a look back on all of last week’s top stories in global identity management:
The End of Mobile Biometrics Month
Mobile Biometrics Month 2017 has come to an end, culminating last week in an expert webinar last Wednesday featuring presentations from Acuity principal Maxine Most and the GSMA’s David Pollington. March was filled to the brim with mobile biometrics news, event coverage, and featured articles, and the roundup linked below will provide an overview of our five weeks of featured coverage. Check it out:
Mastercard made waves last week with news that it will acquire behavioral biometrics company NuData Security. NuData’s technology is part of an emerging trend that will see the new biometric modality going mainstream this year, according to recent market reports. To learn more about behavioral biometrics, be sure to sign up for our next expert webinar on the topic, featuring experts from NuData, BioCatch, and Acuity Market Intelligence.
For months rumours have been circulating about the inclusion of multiple biometric modalities on Samsung’s 2017 flagship mobile device, and last week they were all confirmed as true. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched featuring iris and face biometrics, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor near the device’s camera. The links below expand on the Galaxy S8’s biometric features:
Precise Biometrics announced software licensing agreements with two new hardware partners last week, while Synaptics announced a new addition to its Natural ID fingerprint sensor line, and Fingerprint Cards demonstrated its biometric NFC smart card tech. FPC also issued its Annual Report on 2016 last week, while BIO-key offered its year-end 2016 financial update, and we reported on new 3D fingerprint tech out of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
In the realm of contactless modalities, facial recognition was being touted as on the verge increased adoption in the hospitality market, while NEC announced it’s bringing face biometrics to UNIVERGE Communications platforms, and Equifax implemented the modality via an integration of Jumio’s technology. STC Group announced upgrades to its VoiceKey.PLATFORM solution too, and we took a look at Hitachi’s new powerful identification system that can track subjects by face, clothing, age, and sex.
Access and ISC West
As mentioned above, we are in Las Vegas this week for ISC West, where we are expecting to see the leading technologies in biometric physical access control. BioConnect will be in attendance, providing a preview of its new mobile access solution. Safran Identity & Security will be there too, showing off its new MorphoAccess SIGMA Extreme, FST Biometrics will be demonstrating its upgraded In Motion Identification (IMID) platform, and EyeLock will showcase a new rugged iris recognition terminal. Read more below and stay posted to FindBiometrics this week for live coverage straight from the exhibition floor.
New research from Acuity Market Intelligence released last week is predicting impressive growth for the global eID market, which the firm expects to evolve in a mobile direction in a few years time. Meanwhile, in India, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the ambitious Aadhaar national ID program cannot be made mandatory for access to welfare services.
Cybersecurity and Identity At Large
Looking beyond ISC West, FindBiometrics will be at the inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference in May, and last week we posted an interview with Travis Jarae, CEO of OneWorld Identity, the host company of the event. Liveness detection made the news too, with iBeta announcing that it has been testing anti-spoofing capabilities in recent quality assurance efforts. ImageWare Systems issued its Q4 2016 results, in the meantime, while new papers from Gemalto and the Secure Technology Alliance has us talking about security breaches and the mobile biometric revolution respectively.
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