Last week at FindBiometrics we previewed what to expect at this week’s massive FinTech show, Money20/20. Meanwhile, the headlines were filled with fingerprint biometrics integrations, mobile eye-scanning technology, and even some controversy regarding biometrics and privacy.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top biometrics news stories.
Preparing For Money20/20
This week we are in Las Vegas for Money20/20. For the third year in a row, Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, will be moderating a high profile biometrics panel, this time featuring guests from Mastercard, Wells Fargo, Nok Nok Labs, Daon, and Safran Identity & Security. FindBiometrics will also be bringing you all the biometrics-focused action from the exhibition floor. Last week we continued to preview what to expect from biometrics companies at the conference. Here’s a roundup of some of the big biometrics demos, presentations, and event booths to look forward to:
In a new interview with FaceFirst CEO Joe Rosenkrantz, we got a look at the company’s facial recognition technology, the markets it’s serving, and the importance of digital rights management in surveillance technology. In the meantime, Smartmatic announced a face biometrics solution that can enable online voting, and a third party vendor launched a seller verification service for Facebook’s new Marketplace that’s powered by selfies.
Smartphone Sensor Integrations
Last week was marked by yet another wave of smartphone fingerprint sensor integrations. Fingerprint Cards announced that its technology is shipping on new handsets from Huawei, Smartisan, Oppo, and an unnamed Japanese OEM. Meanwhile, IDEX’s Cardinal Q fingerprint sensor is featured on the new LG Stylo 2 V.
Read up on all the new fingerprint scanning phones by following the links below:
Even More Fingerprints
Fingerprints went beyond the consumer mobile device last week too. Precise Biometrics entered into a licensing agreement with InvenSense while NEXT Biometrics revealed a preview of its Q3 results. NEC Corporation announced that it is responsible for the world’s first infant-ready fingerprint reader, and Svenska Spel, a Swedish lottery operator, ordered thousands of lottery terminals from Safran that each feature fingerprint biometrics capabilities.
Moving to matters of the eye, we saw reports surface last week out of Korea affirming that Samsung will be continuing to launch iris-scanning smartphones, starting with its Galaxy S8 handset. We reported on an iris-scanning ATM and POS solution from India’s Yes Bank, and saw that Eyeprint ID company EyeVerify is expanding its team in the wake of its recent acquisition by Ant Financial.
Controversy and Privacy
Controversy was in the news last week at the Electronic Frontier Foundation fought for the release of police records pertaining to the use of facial recognition in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Facial recognition was also the subject of a report from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology asserting that excessive use of the biometric technology by US law enforcement agencies is violating civil rights. The controversy wasn’t limited to the face modality, however, with alarms being raised over a warrant being sought by California police to force all individuals at a specific premises to unlock their phones via fingerprint scan.
The Future of Security
In promotion of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s Lock Down Your Login campaign The White House has called for greater security as we are now experiencing unprecedented levels of connectivity. Thankfully, it is becoming easier to conveniently secure your accounts practically every day, as new advancements in biometrics bring strong authentication to consumers, enterprises and government agencies alike. Nymi Band has recently been made available in an Early Access Program, heralding the rise of cardiac signal based ID. BioConnect partnered with VoiceVault to bring the latter’s voice recognition to its eponymous platform. And HYPR announced it has raised $3 million in venture capital which will be used to expand the company’s security engineering talent base.
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