Top Biometrics News Stories, Week of April 26

April 26, 2014 - 

Biometrics Week in Review: Cross Match acquires DigitalPersona, update on SmartMetric’s biometrics-activated card, NEC’s facial recognition PC unlock app, Samsung and PayPal opt for Nok Nok authentication, new touchless fingerprint authentication SDK for mobile devices, biometric bitcoin ATM in Australia, biometric live scanners for 2016 Ugandan elections, facial recognition system for UK Passport Office and Pupils and Irises: A closer look at biometric technologies in schools.

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on this past week.

Cross Match acquires DigitalPersona – The Cross Match DigitalPersona deal will see the two companies combined and make them the largest independent provider of biometric identity management solutions.

SmartMetric issues update on biometrics-activated card, other fingerprint-based offerings – SmartMetric will continue to develop its biometrics-activated payment card with an embedded fingerprint sensor and will release its other biometric offerings.

NEC launches facial recognition PC unlock app, plans to sell to companies and government agencies – NEC aims to sell the NeoFace Monitor system to about 400 companies and government agencies in Japan, North America and the rest of Asia over the next three years.

Samsung and PayPal opt for Nok Nok authentication for biometric payments on the Galaxy S5 smartphone – Nok Nok Labs announced that Samsung and PayPal have selected the company’s NNL S3 Authentication Suite, to enable the mobile payment system introduced earlier this year.

Pupils and irises: A closer look at biometric technologies in schools – Biometric technology is making its presence known in a number of different sectors, and schools have proven to be a particularly controversial avenue of this recent expansion.

Diamond Fortress Technologies launches touchless fingerprint authentication SDK for mobile devices – The new SDK provides a high level of security by using a mobile device’s rear-facing camera to take a picture of a finger and proprietary algorithms to identify prints and now features auto-capture.

ABA rolls out biometric bitcoin ATM in Australia – A bitcoin ATM that uses a combination of biometrics to register and verify user identities has been unveiled in Sydney, Australia and is the first of many to be rolled out across the country.

Suprema to supply biometric live scanners for 2016 Ugandan elections, Zetes to deliver – Suprema’s biometric live scanners will be used for voter registration and identification in the run up to the 2016 presidential elections in Uganda and the project is being delivered by Zetes.

Unisys to implement facial recognition system for Her Majesty’s Passport Office in UK – Unisys Corporation announced that it has been selected by Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK to implement its new facial recognition system.

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