Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 26

October 26, 2014 - 

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

Biometrics Week in Review: Interpol facial recognition standards, Android trusted face, biometric border control in Spain, biometrics2104 coverage, software for battlefield intelligence, google chrome and FIDO, Encap Security, biometrics in banking, Australia’s biometric collection plan and a special report on Port security.

Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines – Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the Interpol Facial Expert Working Group to begin development on international facial recognition standards.

Android 5.0’s improved face unlock feature could replace passwords – Called “Trusted Face”, the feature could potentially replace the use of a regular passcode and improves on the previous version of its facial recognition technology it first introduced with Android 4.0.

Spain’s Ministry of Security to implement biometric border control management system – Tendered by the General Department of Information Systems and Communications Security (under the Ministry of Interior) in collaboration with the External Borders Fund of the European Union, the 2,432,000 euro contract will cover the complete renovation of pedestrian crossings.

BiometricUpdate live coverage from Biometrics 2014 in London – BiometricUpdate.com was proud to be the premiere media partner and were on the ground at Biometrics 2014 in London, UK last week. Check out our coverage of the event here.

U.S. Army testing Lockheed Martin software for battlefield intelligence enterprise – The U.S. Army’s primary intelligence system is currently testing software developed by Lockheed Martin that will help them sift through terabytes of intelligence taken from manned and unmanned sources, improving their ability to efficiently analyze data.

Google Chrome becomes first web browser to implement FIDO Alliance authentication standards – Google is strengthening its two-step verification by offering support for Security Key, a FIDO Ready U2F compliant physical USB second factor device that provides an easier and stronger alternative to six digit one-time passcodes.

Encap Security integrates Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition into its authentication platform – Encap Security enables its financial services customers to use Apple’s authentication feature in combination with other authentication methods to deliver a fully secure and flexible environment for mobile payment and banking.

Financial institutions are embracing biometrics … but with due caution – Biometric Update talked to some of the speakers at the EAB “Biometrics in Banking” seminar to get a sense of how biometric technologies are currently being used by financial institutions and what future opportunities and challenges they will present.

Australia’s national security committee puts a halt to customs’ biometric collection plans – The foreign fighters bill is expected to be put to a vote by the end of October, but it appears as though the plan could be thwarted after the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security examined the new legislation.

Special Report: Port Security – This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. examines biometric credentialing of transportation workers at U.S. seaports along with the security challenges caused by lack of holistic biometric access control options.

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