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Fujitsu, AEON to Trial Naked Payments System at Convenience Stores This September

Fujitsu, AEON to Trial Naked Payments System at Convenience Stores This September

Fujitsu and Japanese credit card company AEON are poised to deliver Japan’s first real-world naked payments system. They’ll start in select Ministop convenience stores, where customers who enroll in the system will be able to use Fujitsu’s palm vein biometrics scanners to make purchases. Their palm vein biometrics will be directly linked to their payment…

Japanese Imaging Solutions Company Takes a Stake in Nymi

Japanese Imaging Solutions Company Takes a Stake in Nymi

“Nymi’s biometric wristband device, the Nymi Band, can continuously authenticate a wearer via cardiac biometrics, allowing workers in pharmaceuticals and other highly regulated industries to access work computers or sign off on clinical trials without interruption.” Nymi has announced a new strategic partner in Konica Minolta. Based in Japan, the company specializes in the manufacture…

Japanese Bike Company to Promote BIO-key Locks

Japanese Bike Company to Promote BIO-key Locks

“The partnership represents a considerable success in terms of the BIO-key’s business strategy, with two of the three ‘pillars’ of its strategy for 2018 – outlined in its year-end fiscal update – being a stronger focus on the APAC market, and an emphasis on the kinds of hardware solutions encapsulated in its TouchLock product line.”…

Biometric Airport Gates Go Live in Japan

Biometric Airport Gates Go Live in Japan

“Authorities have been trialing this biometric eGate technology at the Tokyo International Airport since October, and further deployments are planned for the Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Fukuoka Airport.” Biometric eGates went into operation today at Japan’s Narita airport. The eGates’ functionality revolves around facial recognition, with technology from Panasonic being used…

IDEMIA Offers Biometric Expertise in Japanese FinTech Project

IDEMIA Offers Biometric Expertise in Japanese FinTech Project

“By combining IDEMIA’s best-in-class knowledge in ID integration and TIS’s outstanding IS integration, we can create superior value-added services for Japanese financial institutions, acquire new customers, speed up market entry, and reduce integration costs.”- Pierre Barrial, EVP, Financial Institutions Business Unit, IDEMIA IDEMIA has teamed up with Tokyo-based IT solutions provider TIS to develop a digital…

Japanese Authorities Initiate Biometric Border Screening with Panasonic Tech

Japanese Authorities Initiate Biometric Border Screening with Panasonic Tech

Government authorities in Japan have opted to use Panasonic technology to implement facial recognition for border security at a major airport in the country. Panasonic’s solution has already been trialed at the Tokyo International Airport since October 18th, the company says. Panasonic has deployed three automated border gates that rely on facial recognition to identify…

The F-Code Biometric Credit Card is Coming to Japan

The F-Code Biometric Credit Card is Coming to Japan

“The F-Code solution is an otherwise normal payment card that features a built-in fingerprint sensor, which is used to authenticate a user at the time of a transaction, effectively replacing the need for a PIN.” With excitement over biometric payment cards now firmly beyond the boiling point, one of the first major deployments might be…

‘Full-Scale’ Introduction of Naked Payments System Begins in Japan

‘Full-Scale’ Introduction of Naked Payments System Begins in Japan

Japan-based Liquid, Inc. is getting ready for a full-scale launch of its pioneering naked payments system, officially dubbed “Touch & Pay”. The system is designed to let consumers link their payment account information directly to their fingerprints, allowing them make purchases just by tapping their fingers, with no need for physical payment cards or even…

Japanese Gov’t Preparing Biometric Airport Screening

Japanese Gov’t Preparing Biometric Airport Screening

Japan’s Justice Ministry is preparing new legislation that will pave the way for a biometric entry and exit program for citizens traveling to and from the country’s airports, reports The Japan Times. The system being planned will use facial recognition to match travelers’ live images to those stored in their passports, with the aim being…

DDS Orders 30,000 BIO-key Fingerprint Readers

DDS Orders 30,000 BIO-key Fingerprint Readers

A Japan-based enterprise security specialist is embracing BIO-key’s SideSwipe fingerprint readers to enable more secure authentication for its customers. DDS Inc. has ordered 30,000 such devices for customers across Asia, the companies have announced. It could significantly raise BIO-key’s profile in Japan: DDS is a system integrator for Japan’s biggest telecom, NTT Group, an organization…

NII Researcher Warns That Fingerprints Can Be Stolen from Photos

NII Researcher Warns That Fingerprints Can Be Stolen from Photos

A researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) is warning that fingerprint recognition technology is now sophisticated enough that hackers could copy the patterns from photos of people giving the peace sign. In fact, Isao Echizen says he did just that, capturing fingerprint data from an individual standing only nine feet away. The claim…

NEC to Trial Face-Based Payments with Sumitomo Bank

NEC to Trial Face-Based Payments with Sumitomo Bank

Customers of Japan’s Sumitomo bank may soon be able to pay with their faces. NEC Corporation has announced that it has teamed up with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and Sumitomo Mitsui Card to trial contactless payment systems based on facial recognition over the coming weeks. One trial has already…

FIDO Japan Working Group Includes Big Names in Tech

FIDO Japan Working Group Includes Big Names in Tech

“DoCoMo itself is part of the working group, of course; and it’s joined by other big names like Fujitsu, Lenovo, Nok Nok Labs, NXP Semiconductors, Yahoo Japan, and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, among others.” The FIDO Alliance has launched a new working group focused on expanding the consortium’s presence in Japan. Aptly called the FIDO…

BIO-key Signs Up Big New Japan-Based Distributor

BIO-key Signs Up Big New Japan-Based Distributor

BIO-key has signed up a big new distributor in the APAC region. Called Shinden Hightex Corporation, it’s a Japan-based electronic components seller specializing in semi-conductor, RFID, and LCD products. According to a statement from BIO-key, the company counts Sony, Toshiba, NEC, and Panasonic among its clients, and brings in over $450 million in annual revenues.…

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay Goes Live in Japan, with Some Transit Glitches

Apple Pay has gone live in Japan, albeit with some hiccups. While the platform’s pioneering use of Touch ID fingerprint scanning to confirm transactions has helped to popularize the ease of use of mPayments for increasing numbers of customers around the world, compatibility issues with IT infrastructure from partner JR East has caused some difficulty…

Japan Biometric Tourism System to Enter Trial Phase Next Month

Japan Biometric Tourism System to Enter Trial Phase Next Month

Authorities in Japan have set a launch date for trials of their biometric payments system. It will go live in certain areas starting October 1st. The concept first came to light this past spring with reports that the Japanese government, together with Dai Nippon Printing and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting, was exploring technology that would allow…

Daon to Develop Biometric Authentication Platform with Japanese Banks, NTT Data

Daon to Develop Biometric Authentication Platform with Japanese Banks, NTT Data

Two Japanese financial services companies have contracted Daon, together with NTT Data Corporation, to develop multimodal biometric authentication platforms. The agreements aim to have such systems go live for Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) in the spring of next year. SMFG plans to use Daon’s IdentityX Platform, which has…

Japanese Bank to Let Customers Use Palm Vein Biometrics Instead of Cards

Japanese Bank to Let Customers Use Palm Vein Biometrics Instead of Cards

Japan’s Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is getting ready to offer palm vein authentication to all of its customers across Osaka, Tokai, and Tokyo, reports The Asahi Shimbun. The bank first introduced the scanners at select ATMs back in 2012, largely in response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Many customers lost their usual identification documents…

Japanese Pop Band Fans Scan Faces for Concert Tickets

Japanese Pop Band Fans Scan Faces for Concert Tickets

Concert promoters in Japan are starting to use facial recognition technology to issue tickets. It’s meant to cut down wait times and also offers security benefits, with pre-enrolled fans able to pick up their tickets automatically after a face scan. As The Japan Times reports, the system is currently in use by promoters affiliated with the…

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