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Biometrics Market to Reach $15.1 Billion by 2025: Tractica

Biometrics Market to Reach $15.1 Billion by 2025: Tractica

Biometric technology is being adopted in consumer, business, and government applications “at an increasing pace,” according to Tractica. The market research firm has announced a new report predicting that the global biometrics market will grow from a value of $2.4 billion last year to $15.1 billion by 2025, reflecting a CAGR of 22.9 percent. The…

Year in Review 2016: Top Areas of Application Pt. 1

Year in Review 2016: Top Areas of Application Pt. 1

In December we polled 165 professionals in biometrics and identity related industries about various topics from the past year. It was part of the FindBiometrics Year in Review, the longest-running and best regarded industry retrospective of its kind. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the FindBiometrics Year in Review is your resource to start 2017…

INTERVIEW: Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO, BIO-key

INTERVIEW: Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO, BIO-key

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with BIO-key chairman and CEO Mike DePasquale after his company’s strong presence at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The conversation starts on the topic of BIO-key’s newly launched biometric padlocks, and the consumer-facing market in general, before moving on to the company’s major authentication service contract announced…

Year in Review 2016: The Priority of Liveness Detection

Year in Review 2016: The Priority of Liveness Detection

In December we polled 165 professionals in biometrics and identity related industries about various topics from the past year. It was part of the FindBiometrics Year in Review, the longest-running and best regarded industry retrospective of its kind. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the FindBiometrics Year in Review is your resource to start 2017…

Year in Review 2016: Biometrics Truly Feel Mainstream

Year in Review 2016: Biometrics Truly Feel Mainstream

After a year of dynamic change and massive growth for the biometrics and identity tech industries, and with CES having come to its conclusion on Sunday, we are now firmly entrenched in 2017. In December we conducted our 14th annual Year in Review survey, presented in association with SIA, and now it’s time to breakdown the…

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Beyond The MacBook: 3 Places Consumers Still Need Biometrics

Last week Apple finally brought Touch ID biometrics to its MacBook Pro, making good on longstanding rumors that the fingerprint scanning functionality was coming to the laptop in order to take advantage of Apple Pay on the web. The MacBook Pro isn’t the first laptop to feature an embedded fingerprint sensor – Lenovo has had…

New MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Could Help Pioneer Laptop Biometrics

New MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Could Help Pioneer Laptop Biometrics

Validating speculation that has endured for months, Apple has announced a new MacBook laptop that features an OLED touchscreen bar and a built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Much of the early buzz about the new MacBook Pro revolves around the Touch Bar, which is designed to offer adaptive, easy access to popular icons, and dynamically…

Lenovo Yoga 910 Laptop Sports Synaptics Sensor

Lenovo Yoga 910 Laptop Sports Synaptics Sensor

Lenovo is using Synaptics fingerprint sensors in its latest convertible laptop. Called the Yoga 910, the device features Synaptics’ Natural ID technology, as well as the latter company’s ClearPad and ClickPad user interface solutions. The integration brings FIDO Alliance standards to the device, as Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor is FIDO Certified, ensuring a high level…

Gaming Laptop Uses Biometrics for Contactless UX

Gaming Laptop Uses Biometrics for Contactless UX

PC gaming electronics specialist Alienware has announced a new notebook that features eye-tracking technology from Tobii Tech. It’s called the Alienware 17, and there are a number of ways in which it takes advantage of the technology. One is a function called ‘Wake on Gaze’, which brings the notebook out of sleep mode when the…

Google Testing Fingerprint Scanning for Chromebook: Reports

Google Testing Fingerprint Scanning for Chromebook: Reports

Google is testing out fingerprint scanning for its Chromebook laptops. At least, that’s what it appears to be doing based on some recent developments on the back-end of its Chromium web browser software. According to new reports, recent updates to Chromium code repositories—communal data hubs for developers’ projects—indicate that Google’s developers are working on fingerprint sensor…

New Dell Devices Offer Login at a Glance Via Windows Hello

New Dell Devices Offer Login at a Glance Via Windows Hello

Dell has announced a new line of Inspiron two-in-one tablet computers at this week’s Computex trade show. Among its new products are the Inspiron 7000s, all of which sport a number of features including biometric login. The devices are available in 13″, 15″, and 17″ models, and each features a 6th Gen Intel Core processor.…

Biometrics Market to Shift to Consumer Devices, Financial Services, IoT: ABI Research

Biometrics Market to Shift to Consumer Devices, Financial Services, IoT: ABI Research

The overall biometrics market will continue to see substantial growth, but will also feature a shifting landscape, over the next several years. That’s the prediction of ABI Research, which argues that by 2021 the market will reach a value of $30 billion as its primary revenues shift from the government sector to banking and consumer…

Drone Uses Facial Recognition For Optimal Selfies

Drone Uses Facial Recognition For Optimal Selfies

A new drone called the ROAM-e is aimed at being the next selfie stick. The device tethers with a user’s phone and is designed to take selfies from the air. Developed by Australia-based IoT Group, ROAM-e is equipped with facial recognition technology allowing it to track its user from up to about 82 feet, and…

New Version of Outlook Supports Touch ID

New Version of Outlook Supports Touch ID

Microsoft has launched a new version of its Outlook email and calendar service, and the upgrade further extends the company’s growing commitment to biometric security. In addition to user interface enhancements to its events functions, the app now offers Touch ID support on iOS devices. That means iPhone and iPad users can set up biometric access…

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently had the chance to speak with Joe Rosenkantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The facial recognition company had an excellent 2015, and with the year coming to a close, O’Neill got the CEO’s perspective on what has been driving this success. The conversation spans a range of topics: biometrics in law enforcement and…

Will The Vivo X6 Feature a Fingerprint Sensor?

Will The Vivo X6 Feature a Fingerprint Sensor?

China-based smartphone maker Vivo has been teasing its new Vivo X6 smartphone, with two recent images suggesting a December 6th release date, and that it will feature a fingerprint scanner. The device will be available in gold, silver, black, grey, and pink color options, and will feature a display in the 5-5.2″ range. It’s going…

Synaptics Fingerprint Sensors and The Connected Car

Synaptics Fingerprint Sensors and The Connected Car

User interface developer Synaptics is intensifying its focus on automotive applications with a new, diverse product portfolio dedicated to this area. The company says its display driver integrated circuits (DDIC) are already being integrated by OEMs in the US, Euorpe, and Japan; and its new ClearPad touch controller design wins are slated for mass production…

Microsoft, Intel & PC Makers Promote Biometrics

Microsoft, Intel & PC Makers Promote Biometrics

Microsoft, Intel, and computer makers HP, Dell, and Lenovo have teamed up to launch a joint advertising campaign. Under the slogan “PC Does What,” the campaign is aimed at showcasing innovation in the world of personal computers, particularly with respect to the various new offerings from these companies. There are a couple of major ways…

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Features Fingerprint Scanner

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover Features Fingerprint Scanner

Microsoft is already taking preorders for its Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Cover. The cover is meant to enable keyboard typing and touchpad navigation for Microsoft’s advanced new tablet. It has one other major feature too: A built-in fingerprint scanner. Compatible with the Windows Hello biometric authentication system built into the new Windows 10 OS,…

Facial Recognition Door Lock Aims at Consumer Market

Facial Recognition Door Lock Aims at Consumer Market

A South Korean company is promoting a new facial recognition-based door lock aimed at the mass market. FiveGT announced this week that its Ufacekey door lock system has been installed in a residential building in a community in northern Seoul. The system is capable of analyzing tens of thousands of characteristics of a user’s face,…

New Ideapads Support Windows Facial Recognition

New Ideapads Support Windows Facial Recognition

Lenovo has launched a bunch of new Windows 10 laptops. The Ideapads, comprising the company’s 300, 300s, 500, and 500s series, range widely in technological sophistication and price. As The Verge notes, the array of devices is a little bewildering, with the 300 series laptops marketed as “light and portable machines” and the 500 series…

New Patent Teases Advanced Touch ID Biometrics

New Patent Teases Advanced Touch ID Biometrics

Apple has been granted a slew of new patents, including inventions related to NFC, the Apple Watch, and Touch ID. The 45 patents were recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. For its Apple Watch, the patents were largely design-related, while the NFC invention appears to extend the capabilities of Apple’s NFC technology…

Sensors Spreading in Consumer Electronics

Sensors Spreading in Consumer Electronics

Advances in sensor technology are making it both more prominent and impactful in consumer electronics, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. The growth consultancy’s report considers a range of sensor technologies including touch, motion, gesture, pressure, biometric, and even brain sensors. Basically, the report argues that there are a lot of different…

Apple Patent Puts Biometrics in TV Remotes

Apple Patent Puts Biometrics in TV Remotes

Apple has filed three new patents relating to putting biometric user identification on a remote control. The biometric system depicted is very similar to the current Touch ID fingerprint scanning system on the company’s newest mobile devices. The patents essentially revolve around a process by which a remote control device determines a user’s identity via…

Windows Hello Face Biometrics Requires Infrared Camera

Windows Hello Face Biometrics Requires Infrared Camera

There’s been a considerable amount of excitement about the biometric capabilities of the impending Windows 10 operating system, most notably revolving around Windows Hello, a multimodal user authentication system that adheres to FIDO security standards. The system takes a big step forward in making biometric authentication standard on consumer electronics with its support of fingerprint readers…

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Finger Biometric Sensing Pixels: The Next Apple Innovation?

Apple has filed a patent application that more or less confirms the rumors that have been swirling about its development of a touchscreen fingerprint scanner. The patent is for a system that acquires fingerprint data from “finger biometric sensing pixels” embedded within a screen. It’s a bit abstract but the most obvious application of the…

Consumer & Enterprise Biometrics To Hit $3.1 Billion

Consumer & Enterprise Biometrics To Hit $3.1 Billion

ABI Research, a market research firm, has predicted that the enterprise and consumer sectors of the global biometrics market will reach $3.1 billion in revenues this year. The prediction is a product of two of the firm’s market research reports: Digital Authentication and Embedded Security, and Biometric Technologies and Applications. The researchers attribute much of…

New Report: Strong Growth For Global Biometrics

New Report: Strong Growth For Global Biometrics

ABI Research is predicted major growth in the global biometrics market over the next five years. In a new report, the research firm predicts that the global market will grow at a rate of 29 percent CAGR over the next five years, hitting a value of $28.6 billion USD in 2020. ABI’s researchers believe that…

Alipay to Use Facial Recognition Biometrics

Alipay to Use Facial Recognition Biometrics

Alipay is going to use facial recognition to authenticate users for mobile payments, reports IDG’s Michael Kan in a PCWorld article. The announcement came by way of Jack Ma, the CEO of Alipay’s parent company Alibaba, who provided a few details in a speech at the Cebit trade fair in Germany. Ma explained the development…

Windows 10 Will Adhere to FIDO Specs

Windows 10 Will Adhere to FIDO Specs

Microsoft has announced that it’s embracing FIDO standards for the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Announced in a post by Dustin Ingalls on the Windows blog, the security move will see the OS adhere to FIDO 2.0 specifications. The announcement came last week after the company participated in the United States White House Cybersecurity and…

Samsung To Users: Your New TV Is Listening

Samsung To Users: Your New TV Is Listening

Owners of new Samsung Smart TVs are being advised to avoid personal conversations near the TVs, according to an article in The Telegraph by Dan Hyde and Victoria Ward. The TV’s voice recognition software could pick up ambient speech and transmit it “to a third party”. The purpose of the TV’s voice recognition software is…

New Report Helps Build Case for Mobile Biometric Security

New Report Helps Build Case for Mobile Biometric Security

A new study from Javelin Strategy & Research indicates a worrying trend of consumer apathy towards security, and provides some validation for biometric security solutions. The report was sponsored by Nok Nok Labs, one of the found members of the FIDO Alliance biometrics industry regulator. The report offers a number of insights, some less surprising than others.…

ICAP Looking to Move Some Biometrics Patents

ICAP Looking to Move Some Biometrics Patents

ICAP Patent Brokerage is putting the word out that they have some patents available that cover “a biometrics-based credit card fraud prevention system, for use at the point-of-sale”. The patents will be available for bidding until December 4th. It isn’t clear exactly what the system entails, but from ICAP’s description it sounds pretty comprehensive. In…

IDEX ASA Finds Partner for Mass Production of Fingerprint Sensor

IDEX ASA Finds Partner for Mass Production of Fingerprint Sensor

Norwegian biometrics developer IDEX ASA has found a manufacturer for mass-scale production of its fingerprint sensors. According to a press release, semiconductor producer Amkor will use its “world-class high precision manufacturing capabilities” to manufacture the sensors. The move will enable “competitive commercialization of IDEX’s fingerprint sensor technology”, allowing it to better serve customer on an…

iWallet Technology Can Also Do Passports

iWallet Technology Can Also Do Passports

iWallet Corporation has announced that it will be showcasing its products at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The expo will take place in Las Vegas on January 6 though 9, and iWallet will be in the Personal Privacy and Cyber Security Marketplace section. Known for its digitally-enhanced wallets, which offer biometric locking technology, RFID-blocking, and…

Two US Pharmacies Drop Apple’s Biometric Payments

Two US Pharmacies Drop Apple’s Biometric Payments

Two major US pharmacies have dropped Apple Pay in the last week, according to an article by Paul Ausick in USA Today. Rite Aid Inc. stopped accepting payments from the mobile commerce platform last Thursday, and CVS Health made the same move on Saturday. Both pharmacies have opted instead for a mobile commerce system called CurrentC,…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Blood Clinics and National eID

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Blood Clinics and National eID

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news touched on a huge number of identity management applications and a diverse selection for biometrics modalities. From healthcare to finance and from consumer tech to government deployments, the week ending October 25, 2014 was jam packed with biometrics industry news. Staying Safe and Healthy Healthcare and law enforcement…

Interview with Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe

Last week, Zwipe announced that it and its partner, a little company named MasterCard, have taken on the task of disrupting the payments industry by revealing the world’s first biometric contactless payments card. FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with Zwipe CEO Kim Humborstad about the big news.

Upgraded NexID Software Can Detect Fake Fingerprints with Almost 100 Percent Accuracy

Upgraded NexID Software Can Detect Fake Fingerprints with Almost 100 Percent Accuracy

Anti-spoofing software provider NexID has upgraded its technology for fake-fingerprint detection on mobile devices, achieving almost total accuracy. The company announced its new SDK at the Biometrics 2014 conference that’s currently going on in London. NexID’s new SDK is the product of a major overhaul of the company’s software undertaken over the last month or…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Modalities Of Justice

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Modalities Of Justice

It’s Law Enforcement Biometric Month here at FindBiometrics and to celebrate the vertical that aims to keep us safe on the streets and in our homes we’re going to take a look at the diversity in its solutions. Fingerprints Fingerprints are so tied to law enforcement that the two ideas are practically synonymous in the…

Money 20/20 Announces Speakers In Biometrics Panel

This November in Las Vegas the payments industry will be converging on the Money 20/20 conference. Running from November 2nd to the 5th, the event is expected to host more than 7,000 attendees including over 600 CEOs from around the world as they celebrate and discuss the newest innovations in money. This year, the event…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometric Tech Versus Ebola

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometric Tech Versus Ebola

Last week at Find Biometrics we continued our month long examination of law enforcement biometrics while mobility held on to its top spot as a fixture of identity management news thanks to the persistent and strong hype generated by Apple. Meanwhile border control, access control and privacy concerns in the NBA rounded out an exciting…

Has Apple Dramatically Shifted The Mobile Biometrics Marketplace?

Has Apple Dramatically Shifted The Mobile Biometrics Marketplace?

A new market brief from Acuity Market Intelligence is positioning Apple’s recent announcements in the areas of commerce, privacy and biometrics as market changing in a major way. The research firm posits that thanks to Apple’s focus on giving users control over their personal data, mobile biometrics are now poised as a privacy enabling technology rather than…

Next iPad Expected To Feature Touch ID Fingerprint Biometrics

Next iPad Expected To Feature Touch ID Fingerprint Biometrics

The next major announcement out of Cupertino, California, regarding new innovations from Apple is set to occur on October 16. Initially rumored to be held on the 21st of October, sources recently told online publication Re/Code that Apple will actually be taking the stage ten days from today. A huge number of announcements are expected to…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A New Way To Scan Fingerprints?

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A New Way To Scan Fingerprints?

This week at FindBiometrics we reported on news out of the University of Windsor where researchers are developing a new way to capture fingerprints. Meanwhile, both of Apple’s iPhone 6 models kept consumer biometrics in the conversation and we took a look at the many mobile modalities in our featured article of the week. This…

iPhone Biometrics Spoofed Again, Expert Still Loves Touch ID

iPhone Biometrics Spoofed Again, Expert Still Loves Touch ID

Last year, shortly after the launch of Touch ID, Apple’s smartphone fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S, Marc Rogers spoofed it. In a blog post at the time, Rogers – principal security researcher at Lookout – explained why he did it, how he did it and why the post-password solution still had a place in his good books.…

Frost & Sullivan: Mobile Biometrics To Reach Maturity by 2019

Frost & Sullivan: Mobile Biometrics To Reach Maturity by 2019

A new report from research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan titled Biometrics Go Mobile: A Market Overview outlines the projected growth of biometric smartphones, which are on track to reach an early maturity phase in 2017. According to the firm’s analysis, in 2013 the number of biometric smartphone users around the world was totaled at 43.23 million. By…

NEXT Biometrics Licenses BIO-key’s Fingerprint Algorithm

NEXT Biometrics Licenses BIO-key’s Fingerprint Algorithm

Today, BIO-key International and  NEXT Biometrics announced a strategic hardware and software partnership that will see the former’s fingerprint matching algorithm on the latter’s new low-cost sensors. With this partnership, BIO-key has placed a purchase order for the sensors, which the company will include in its new line of fingerprint scanner devices. According to a…

Global Identity Summit: MorphoTrust Awarded NSTIC Pilot

Global Identity Summit: MorphoTrust Awarded NSTIC Pilot

This morning that the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Florida, NSTIC senior executive advisor Jeremy Grant took the main stage for the day’s first keynote. During Grant’s presentation, between entertaining and illustrative slides of unicorns and Star Wars characters (it was a great keynote), he announced three newly awarded NSTIC pilot programs. The recipients of…

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