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KeyLogic Enters Government Biometrics Market with CrossResolve Acquisition

KeyLogic Enters Government Biometrics Market with CrossResolve Acquisition

KeyLogic, an engineering and project management consultancy firm, is expanding into the biometrics market with a new acquisition: The company has purchased CrossResolve, a government-focused advisory firm. The move comes about a year after KeyLogic hired Kevin Reid, a former FBI executive who focused on biometric technology while at the Bureau. In a statement announcing…

US Military Base to Require Biometric IDs for Vendors, Contractors

US Military Base to Require Biometric IDs for Vendors, Contractors

“From mid-August, all vendors and contractors operating on the base will need to use the new cards, which will be issued for free to approved applicants.” Joint Region Marianas, the US military authority that runs the Guam Navy and Air Force base, is moving toward a new biometric access control system, reports Pacific Daily News.…

New Windows-Focused Deal Brings BIO-key to Australia

New Windows-Focused Deal Brings BIO-key to Australia

BIO-key has made its first substantial entry into Australia with a new government sector client. In a statement announcing the new contract, BIO-key declined to name the client in question, referring to it as “a government agency”. But the company did indicate that the deal comes by way of Aquion Pty Ltd., an Australia-based software…

HID Global Acquires Government-Focused eID Specialist Arjo Systems

HID Global Acquires Government-Focused eID Specialist Arjo Systems

“HID Global says it has already shipped over 150 million IDs with more than 50 national governments around the world.” HID Global has acquired Arjo Systems, a provider of government ID and smart card solutions boasting of 20 years of experience. The company will be merged into HID’s Government ID Solutions division, with Arjo retaining…

Safran to Upgrade Botswana Police ABIS, Expand Use Across Gov’t

Safran to Upgrade Botswana Police ABIS, Expand Use Across Gov’t

Safran Identity & Security has won a contract to upgrade the legacy automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) used by the Botswana Police Service. It’s a continuation of a longstanding relationship, with Safran having provided technology to the BPS since 1998. Now, the plan is to upgrade the AFIS to a system that uses both fingerprint…

Chief Minister Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking in Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking in Uttar Pradesh

“The move follows earlier efforts to bring biometric attendance tracking to government offices at a higher level.” The Chief Minister of India’s most populous state is ordering the expansion of biometric attendance tracking in government offices. During a presentation of the Rural Development Department, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted that such systems must be…

TMR Report Details Continuing Ascent of Military Biometrics Market

TMR Report Details Continuing Ascent of Military Biometrics Market

Concerns about terrorism continue to drive the military biometrics market, with growing demand from the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research. While concerns about terrorism have been a key market driver for many years, they’re now being exacerbated by mass migration, with several countries “reeling under increased distress over…

DHS Biometrics Departments Seeks Help with Communications Strategy

DHS Biometrics Departments Seeks Help with Communications Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) is looking for help with its communications strategy. The request comes in the form of an RFI (Request for Information), in which the agency notes that “[t]he concept of identity is quickly evolving to becoming a vital asset” in the greater effort to secure…

FIDO Standards Could Complement Government’s Existing Digital Security Protocols

FIDO Standards Could Complement Government’s Existing Digital Security Protocols

The FIDO Alliance is hoping that the Trump administration will heed its advice in a new white paper outlining how FIDO standards could complement existing digital security protocols in use by the government. It’s a response to last December’s report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which advocated for stronger authentication methods beyond…

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…

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought our 14th Annual Year in Review to a close before kicking off Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017. Major news broke as a leading fingerprint sensor company made moves to expand into multimodality, and FinTech, border control, and government applications rounded out the headlines. Here is a look back on last…

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

“Public Services has consulted various industry interests prior to making the change and has piloted biometric background checks with a major contractor…” The Canadian government is enhancing its standards for contractor background checks with a new fingerprinting requirement, reports the CBC. The change is being implemented by Public Services and Procurement Canada in response to…

Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Gemalto to Provide eID Solution to Swedish Tax Agency

Skatteverket, Sweden’s tax agency, has engaged Gemalto in a multi-year digital identity project. The agency will implement Gemalto’s eGov platform into its online services, and will offer Gemalto’s Premium Polycarbonate eID cards to citizens. The company’s eGov platform offers SSO and multi-factor authentication features that can incorporate one-time passwords, smart cards, and fingerprint recognition. Skatteverket…

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

Nigerian Authorities to Register Citizens’ Biometrics in 2018 Census

“[Bio-Metrica is] going to provide handheld devices that can collect citizens’ fingerprint and facial biometrics, and its CRS is going to be used to manage that data.” Authorities in Nigeria are planning to employ biometrics in a nationwide census, and Bio-Metrica is providing the technology platform, the company has announced. The country’s National Population Commission…

Cybersecurity Reports Lays Out Recommendations for Trump Administration

Cybersecurity Reports Lays Out Recommendations for Trump Administration

The Trump administration should aim to eliminate password-based digital security breaches by the year 2021, according to a new report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Established by the White House in February of this year, the committee has issued this and other recommendations in its new Report on Securing and Growing the…

NEXT Biometrics Wins Government Smart Card Order

NEXT Biometrics Wins Government Smart Card Order

“It’s a considerable win for NEXT Biometrics given the increasing competition in the smart card sector from other fingerprint sensor makers.” NEXT Biometrics has received a major order for fingerprint sensors for smart cards to be used in a government application, the company has announced. The order is for 250,000 sensors, and while the client…

News Roundup: European Biometric Initiatives

News Roundup: European Biometric Initiatives

Last week at FindBiometrics we examined the rise of selfie authentication in biometric FinTech as we continued our November-long featured focus on finance. The industry news, meanwhile, was filled with fingerprint innovations, biometric smart card news, border control, European biometrics initiatives and much, much more. Here’s a look back on the top stories in identity management…

BioMini Combo Fingerprint Scanner Becomes Android-Compatible

BioMini Combo Fingerprint Scanner Becomes Android-Compatible

Suprema has announced Android compatibility for its BioMini Combo fingerprint scanner. The BioMini Combo is a FAP20 certified fingerprint scanner with RFID compatibility, allowing for two-factor authentication via fingerprint biometrics and NFC-capable smart cards. Like the recently announced BioMini Slim S, it’s also designed to function in outdoor deployments, even under direct sunlight. That portability…

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

The French government has introduced a new executive order mandating the creation of a national biometric ID database, reports Ars Technica UK. The system will contain standard biographic information of French citizens as well as the biometric data contained on citizens’ passports and identity cards, though it won’t contain the biometric data of children under…

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

The UK government is deepening its commitment to the FIDO Alliance’s authentication standards. It has just laid out its UK National Cyber Security Strategy in an 84-page document, and adherence to FIDO is an important component, observes the FIDO Alliance’s Brett McDowell in a new post on the Alliance’s website. As McDowell notes, the UK…

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