Top biometrics news stories, week of July 20

July 20, 2014 - 

Biometrics Week in Review: VISA Europe, NEC technology, Samsung rumors, NIST testing, Imagus, CrimTrac, US intelligence budget, facial recognition research, IDEX and Card Tech and ievo`s “do it yourself” biometric access control system

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

Visa Europe considers biometric authentication for payment – Visa Europe director of new payment propositions Jonathan Vaux attributes the increase in the popularity of card-on-file payment to the growing use of biometrics.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may feature iris scanning technology – In a recent tweet by certified Samsung Twitter account @SamsungExynos, the smartphone device manufacturer teased it is currently developing iris scanning technology.

NEC’s face recognition technology tops NIST testing again – This marks the company’s third consecutive time its technology has performed better than other facial recognition solutions, following the 2009 Multiple Biometric Grand Challenge and 2010-2011 Multiple Biometrics Evaluation.

Imagus provides facial recognition technology for new 3D glasses being tested by US Military‎, others – Imagus is providing facial recognition technology to be used in new spy glasses designed by Osterhout Design Group, which have already confirmed about 500 pre-orders with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

Australian criminal intelligence agency to introduce biometrics identification system – CrimTrac, the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies, will replace the national fingerprint database used by law enforcement agencies with an expanded biometrics identification system.

$500 billion spent on intelligence, according to U.S. “black budget” – The United States has spent more than US$500 billion on intelligence since 9/11, an outlay that U.S. officials say has succeeded in its main objective, preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack.

Researchers using facial recognition technology to predict human lifespan – A professor at the University of Illinois is currently developing a new method of facial recognition technology to help predict a person’s lifespan.

IDEX to integrate fingerprint swipe sensors into Card Tech’s biometric cards – IDEX will integrate its fingerprint swipe sensors into Card Tech’s patented ISO-compliant system-on-card solution for the access control and ID markets.

ievo releases “do it yourself” biometric access control system – ievo recently released a new custom kit which allows its customers to enhance its biometric reader hardware for their unique applications.

UK police test out NEC’s facial recognition solution – A police force in an English midlands county have been testing out NEC Corporation of America’s facial recognition technology, which recently identified a suspect captured on camera within seconds.

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