Last week at FindBiometrics the news spanned a great number of vertical markets, with headlines in healthcare, civil ID, border control and, of course, financial. Multimodal face and voice biometrics solutions were featured in our coverage too, while mobile fingerprint integrations filled out the industry news.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in biometrics:
Biometrics can be credited in part for Mastercard’s increased ranking on Forbes’ list of most innovative companies, and they are also protecting customer mobile accounts at financial services company Nequi. We also saw biometrics used as credentials for the blockchain—which has more applications than just commerce, but is often hailed as revolutionary for the field of finance. As biometric data is being collected more and more by financial institutions, Korea’s financial sector watchdog has called for strong data security.
Eye Based Biometrics and Partnerships
In the wake of Samsung’s iris authenticating Galaxy Note7, increased interest has been seen in the world of eye-based biometrics, an interest that is being noted by Xintec, a Taiwan-based sensor packaging company affiliated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. EyeLock partnered with Tyco Integrated Security last week, as Princeton Identity spun off as an independent company from the historically iris-based SRI International, and we moved out from the iris and into the realm of the vein pattern as EyeVerify partnered with BioConnect.
The Philippines are gearing up for another biometrics powered election as countries from around the world look to India as an example on how to implement a successful national ID program. Meanwhile, more details came to light regarding the civil ID project in Nepal currently being undertaken with help from Safran, a company that played a crucial role in India’s aforementioned national ID success.
Last week we reported on biometrics in healthcare, with ievo’s biometric solutions having been adopted by Connect Health Ltd. in an access control capacity. Patient ID made the news too, with NexGate announcing a facial recognition upgrade its MatchMetrix platform that has applications in electronic medical records (EHR).
Russia has demanded that Egypt deploy biometric security at its airports before it will resume international flights to the country. In more positive biometrics news on the Southern Hemisphere, Vision-Box announced last week that its biometric border control solutions have finished deployment and gone live at all of Australia’s major airports.
The mobile biometrics news was dominated by the usual slew of fingerprint sensor handset integrations last week, all of which involved Fingerprint Cards and its long time software licensing partner Precise Biometrics. The new Lenovo Yoga was also announced as sporting an embedded finger reader, and Synaptics began sampling its much hyped under-glass sensor. Outside of consumer and mobile biometric tech, we also saw the launch of SecuGen’s latest fingerprint and smart card reader: the affordable and accountable Hamster Pro Duo SC/PIV.
Face, Voice and Speech
Last week we reported that NEC Australia was lauded for its law enforcement focused facial recognition technology, which is being used by the country’s Northern Territory police force. FacePhi made the news too, with its own face biometrics technology being adopted by Easy Solutions. FacePhi’s tech is being adopted alongside Auraya’s ArmorVox voice recognition, furthering the long tradition of the contactless modalities going hand in hand. Meanwhile, STC Group—represented by SpeechPro in North America—announced its own cloud-based voice and face recognition solution: OnePass.
Speaking strictly of voice recognition, TIAA deployed voice biometrics for caller authentication, and speech recognition made the news as we took a look at a smart home hub featuring the world’s first AI that can understand spoken Korean.
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September 6, 2016 – by Peter B. Counter