Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Law Enforcement Biometrics Month to a close while announcing the next big biometrics industry webinar, co-hosted by Samsung SDS America and our sister site Mobile ID World. Meanwhile, the industry news had us talking about under-glass fingerprints sensors, biometrics powered payments, and the newly announced candidate in exclusive talks to buy Safran Identity & Security.
Take a look at all those stories and more as we unpack last week’s top stories in global identity management:
Samsung Teams Up With Mobile ID World
In one month, Mobile ID World and Samsung SDS invite you to attend the biometrics webinar event of the year. FinServ in the New Age of Identity: Addressing Your Biometrics Concerns is set for November 2, and boasts an impressive lineup of authentication experts who aim to address your concerns about biometrics in financial services. FIDO Alliance executive director Brett McDowell will be speaking as part of the webcast, as will Peter O’Neill, president of Mobile ID World, and of course Samsung SDS America executives Shankar Saibabu and Richard Lobovsky, both of whom were featured in an interview posted here earlier last week.
Learn more about Samsung SDS’s biometrics and register for the webinar by following the links below:
– Register now for the webinar: FinServ in the New Age of Identity: Addressing Your Biometrics Concerns –
Law Enforcement Biometrics
Law Enforcement Biometrics Month came to a close last week, culminating in an expert webinar on the topic and a month long roundup of the featured content we brought you regarding identity tech and the justice focused vertical. Law enforcement was in the news too, with Maldives police having deployed STC’s voice biometrics for forensics purposes, and the announcement of a newly invented breathalyzer that sports biometric verification.
Catch up on the big law enforcement events and news by following the links below:
Lock Down Your Login
The National Cyber Security Alliance’s Lock Down Your Login campaign made headlines last week as industry consortia and tech vendors announced their support for the public-private initiative meant to raise awareness of post-password authentication. The White House released a fact sheet on the campaign, while we reported on the support of Yubico, FIDO Alliance, Telesign and CompTIA. Learn more about the campaign by following the links bellow:
It’s October,and that means Japan’s biometric payments for tourists initiative is slated to undergo a trial phase. We reported on the Pakistan government’s aim to integrate biometrics for welfare payments, and saw two reports on the spread of biometric mCommerce. Deloitte is heralding the rise of what it calls ‘Touch Commerce,’ while Mastercard’s latest survey shows consumers have come around to preferring biometrics over PINs.
Fingerprints and Mobility
Last week we saw the launch of a smartphone featuring an under-glass fingerprint sensor, courtesy of Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometric technology. FPC was also behind new biometrics integrations on BQ and Xiaomi handsets. In the wake of a high profile hack attack, meanwhile, we saw Yahoo Mail upgrade its mobile app to support fingerprint authentication.
Apple made biometrics news last week with its Touch ID system now protecting Incognito Google Searches on iOS. Meanwhile, rumors swirled around the next MacBook Pro concerning its impending release date, the notebook having been long said to feature an embedded biometric fingerprint sensor. More details surfaced regarding the biometric capabilities of the company’s upcoming smart home hub too, while criticism concerning Apple’s biometric privacy policies began to bubble up in the wake of its latest iOS update.
Marketing applications of facial recognition technology made headlines last week as we learned of a new tourism campaign that leverages facial recognition to persuade vacationers to travel to Hawaii. Meanwhile, NEC’s smart signage solution, which also uses facial recognition, was demonstrated at Microsoft Ignite.
Safran in the News
The search for a buyer to Safran Identity & Security came to a close last week with an announcement from Safran Group that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with a party intent on buying its biometrics business. Business still marched on, however, with Safran Identity & Security announcing a partnership with Accenture and Atos aimed at enhancing visa processing in the European Union.
Enterprise and Business Biometrics
BIO-key’s USB fingerprint readers, aimed at consumers and enterprise users, are now on sale in Microsoft Stores. Microsoft enhanced its enterprise security offerings last week, announce new tools for business clients, and Equniti announced a new biometrics platform based on Daon’s IdentityX solution and aimed at Know Your Customer applications.
Check out last week’s top enterprise stories:
Banco Inbursa’s selphie-based biometric login went live last week, and NEC’s NeoFace solution was awarded by Frost & Sullivan. FotoNation announced new face recognition solution along with a mobile iris biometrics product. And things got a little saucy/creepy in the world of face biometrics, with the modality being put to use in matching sex cam performers to users’ photo submitted specifications.
Here’s how face biometrics made the news last week:
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