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Austin Proceeds with Biometric Background Check Regulations for Ride-Hailing Services

Austin Proceeds with Biometric Background Check Regulations for Ride-Hailing Services

With Uber and Lyft having pulled out of Austin over legislation mandating biometric background checks for drivers last December, city officials are proceeding with new legislation enforcing the checks. That enforcement is arriving in the form of fines. Ride-hailing companies that fail to comply with Austin’s graduated background check program will need to pay one…

EyeLock Opens IoT Center of Excellence

EyeLock Opens IoT Center of Excellence

Iris biometrics specialist EyeLock has opened a new R&D facility in Austin, Texas. Called the IoT Center of Excellence, it extends the company’s national presence, complementing its offices in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. In announcing the new facility, EyeLock emphasized the location’s vitality in terms of tech culture. Commenting in a statement,…

Uber, Lyft Resist Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

Uber, Lyft Resist Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are fighting municipal legislation encouraging them to adopt fingerprint-based background checks for drivers in Austin, Texas. The legislation offers special privileges to drivers who undergo the fingerprint-based background checks, such as access to high-traffic areas at city events. But the ride-sharing companies see it differently, with Uber having issued a…

CLEAR to Secure Growing Austin Airport

CLEAR to Secure Growing Austin Airport

Biometric identification developer CLEAR has won a new contract to bring its traveler screening platform to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. As with its other deployments around the US, this newest project is integrated with the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program. With its use of fingerprint and iris biometrics to authenticate the identities of travelers,…