Last week at FindBiometrics we prepared for our first expert webinar of 2017, From Revolution to Evolution: The New Mobile Biometrics Landscape, scheduled for this Wednesday, as facial recognition made up the bulk of the industry headlines. Border control was in the news too, along with financial biometrics, as stories had us talking about identity tech in education, access control, and more.
Here is a look back on all of last week’s top stories in global identity management:
Mobile Biometrics Evolution
The GSMA will be joining us this Wednesday at 11 AM EDT, along with experts from Acuity Market Intelligence, Precise Biometrics, Nok Nok Labs, and Aware, Inc., for the first FindBiometrics webinar of the year: From Revolution to Evolution: The New Mobile Biometrics Landscape. The webinar will serve as an opportunity to review how biometrics fit into this year’s Mobile World Congress, which was also a key topic in our recent interview with GSMA CMO Michael O’Hara, which we published last week.
From Revolution to Evolution: The New Mobile Biometrics Landscape – (UPDATE: This webinar has concluded.)
Voice and speech recognition made FinTech headlines last week with Amazon announcing that its Alexa AI can now be used for voice based online shopping while Citi offered an encouraging update on its progress in bringing voice authentication to is APAC region call centers. Apple Pay scored more support in the US, Australia and China last week too, as rumors surfaced that Samsung Pay might soon offer facial recognition based payments. Daon, in the meantime, made the news with a deployment of its IdentityX platform via Union Bank in the Philippines.
Last week we reported that MorphoTrak is offering West Virginia University free access to its MorphoCloud solution. Meanwhile, education and biometrics converged over seas as India’s University Grants Commission requested institutions to start incorporating Aadhaar numbers into the issuing of degrees.
ISC West is fast approaching, and as such, biometrics vendors like SecuGen are starting to offer previews of what they will be showing off on the exhibition floor. As physical security and logical access being to converge, the password problem is being brought to the forefront of mainstream priorities, and not just with young tech savvy users either. A new survey shows that the need for post-password access control is being expressed by Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and seniors alike.
Border Control and International Law Enforcement
Biometric border control is making air travel more convenient and secure in both Ottawa and Keflavik, we reported last week. Meanwhile, German authorities have turned to speech recognition technology to aid in refugee screening. Looking to the realm of international law enforcement, we learned last week of the role NEC Corporation, and its biometrics solutions, have played in recent INTERPOL training processes.
Jumio’s Netverifty solution, which leverages facial recognition for user identity verification, announced two deployments last week. Microsoft underlined the preponderance of PC products now supporting Windows 10 facial recognition, and we reported on Innovatrics’ new selfie login system, IFace 3.0 Mobile. Neurotechnology made the facial recognition news too, announcing an upgrade to its SentiVeillance SDK.
NEXT Biometrics announced that it has completed testing on its new and integral ASIC chip, the company announced last week. Fingerprint Cards announced an integration of its sensor technology on the new Oppo F3 Plus smartphone, while also issuing a statement concerning the effects certain market challenges will have on its previously issued revenue guidance. We also caught a glimpse of new Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks showing a controversial fingerprint sensor placement for the upcoming flagship handset.
Biometrics In The Connected World
Last week we got a preview of NEC Corporation’s extensive plans for the upcoming Enterprise Connect event. Meanwhile, BIO-key prepared for the MicroCap Conference and forwarded a new concept: what it calls the ‘Biometric of Things.’
Important People and Identity
Crossmatch announced the appointment of a new Authentication Market Director, Jeff Carpenter. Meanwhile at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe paid a visit to the Dermalog booth for biometric demonstrations. Looking ahead to the inaugural K(NO)W conference hosted by One World Identity, last week brought the announcement that the event will be headlined by Edward Snowden, who will kick off the conference with a keynote presentation delivered remotely from Russia.
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