Biometric Software and Middleware
What is biometric software?
Biometric identification, verification, and authentication relies not only on the proper sensors used to capture biological data, it also requires the algorithms and software to store, encrypt, match and compare the fingerprints, irises, vein patterns, and facial features captured by a solution. Biometric software/middleware takes care of these processes, and it’s no simple task. Biometric data is used to protect high risk data and physical areas, so proper storage, encryption and strong matching capabilities are essential. In verification scenarios, during which biometrics are matched against extremely large databases, an efficient and accurate identification system can mean the difference between a positive result in a matter of seconds, or a negative one.
Software can also be leveraged to add biometric capabilities to mobile and web apps, taking advantage of the increasingly robust biometric capture capabilities of today’s smartphones. A camera might just be a camera, and a microphone just a microphone, until the right software is applied turning it into a biometric identification device.
Where can I find biometric software?
The algorithms that allow for matching and encryption of biometric data are a part of every biometric solution. Any sensor you come in contact with for biometric ID purposes is running on some kind of algorithm that allows it to function properly. Even the fingerprint sensor on your phone has a software component, enabling it to tell teh difference between your thumb on the home button or an impostor’s.
Biometric software can be found integrated into apps, allowing face, fingerprint, voice, iris, or vein pattern authentication for everything from mobile banking to re-enforcing online account passwords. It can also be applied in a law enforcement capacity, turning closed circuit camera networks into biometric security systems or comparing fingerprints scanned in the field to person of interest databases.
As a solutions type, biometric software and middleware are incredibly versatile. As a component of a biometric system, they are essential.
How is biometric software making a difference?
Voice biometric software is turning the call center experience into a much more convenient prospect for customers in finance. Banks have been deploying voice biometric software so cut down on phone fraud and to provide high levels of assurance to customers without the need for annoying security questions.
Biometric liveness detection software is making it possible for biometric solutions to detect false biometrics used by hackers in presentation attacks.
Some of the best software based biometric systems are finding ways to quickly compare biometrics against massive biometric databases that also contain biographic data, allowing for innovations in some of the world’s biggest identity projects in civil ID and law enforcement.
Read on to meet the leading providers of Middleware and Software solutions.
MorphoTrak provides the technology and performance trusted by FBI NGI for 10-print, latent, and RISC fast-ID matching and 50% of U.S. State Law Enforcement. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company. Morpho is a leading innovator of interoperable biometric identification systems as well as finger/palm/vein, facial and iris recognition. With 40 years’ experience, Morpho technology serves more than 450 government agencies in over 100 countries and is consistently ranked #1 by NIST for enrollment and matching accuracy. For more information, visit www.morpho.com/USA
Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition.
Our customers say WCC Smart Search & Match’s flagship product ELISE offers something no other product on the market can – the ability to search through data just as the human mind would. Using such techniques as bi-directional matching, weighted criteria and gliding scales, ELISE delivers ranked, meaningful results. And even better than the human process, ELISE can return those results in under a second – no matter how big the database, or how many! Products & Services: Middleware/Software, Multimodal Biometrics, Smart Cards, Border Control/Airports, Justice/Law Enforcement
BioCatch is a cybersecurity company that delivers behavioral biometrics, analyzing human-device interactions to protect users and data. Banks and other enterprises use BioCatch to reduce online fraud and protect against a variety of cyber threats, without compromising the user experience. Products & Services: Behavioral Biometrics, Middleware/Software, Mobile Biometrics, Financial
Daon is a leading provider of identity assurance and identification and verification software and services worldwide. Our solutions are designed for both enterprise and government, and are currently used to enrol more than 1 million people per day. Mobile Authentication & Cyber Security Identity Management Software Suite Full-Service Identity Management Daon supports customers and system integrators in building enterprise solutions requiring the highest level of security, performance, scalability, reliability and privacy. Our open standards-based software has been selected for use in programs worldwide including Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. Products & Services: Border Control/Airports, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Middleware/Software
Precise Biometrics is a market leading supplier of solutions for convenient and secure authentication of people’s identity. We develop and sell fingerprint software and mobile smart card readers that provide the market’s best user experience and security. Our solutions are used hundreds of millions of times every day by people all over the world. Products & Services: Fingerprint, Mobility, Smart Cards, Financial, Middleware/Software
Crossmatch Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.
Aware provides COTS, standards-based biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, defense, credentialing, and access control. Each product provides granular functionality and is available a la carte:
- SDKs for fingerprint, face, and iris
- Capture device hardware abstraction
- Image quality assurance
- Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
- BioComponents™ enrollment applets and controls
- URC™ .NET biometric enrollment application
- WebEnroll™ browser-based biometric enrollment
- Biometric Services Platform (BioSP™)
- Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris search and match SDKs
- INQUIRE™ identity data analytics SDK
Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition