Most popular biometrics news updates for the week ending November 30

November 30, 2014 - 

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

Biometrics news in review: biometrics for Umrah visa, mandatory biometric registration, facial recognition for law enforcement, U.S. Army contract, DHS secure communities, new fingerprint sensor markets, MINEX test results, new biometric authentication software, AndroidPay mobile payment.

ICCI urges Saudi government to stop biometrics collection for Umrah visa applicants – The ICCI has requested the help of the government of Pakistani to urge the Saudi government to withdraw the biometrics system it is enforcing for Pakistani Umrah applicants.

Russia to consider bill that calls for mandatory biometric registration of all citizens – MPs from populist Russian nationalist party LDPR have drafted and will soon submit a new bill calling for the mandatory fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens in an effort to increase security measures.

Toronto police considering facial recognition software to identify suspects – The Toronto Police Service is considering facial recognition software as a tool that could significantly reduce the time it takes to identify suspects.

U.S. Army contracts IBG to design and develop a biometric authentication system – The U.S. Army has contracted Novetta-owned IBG to design and develop a biometric authentication system based on non-traditional modalities incorporated in existing active authentication research.

Department of Homeland Security terminates biometric deportation program – DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the “Secure Communities” program was discontinued due to litigation, a high level of criticism from other levels of government, and a lack of cooperation from state and local law enforcement officials.

FPC 1020, Precise BioMatch Mobile integrated in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 development platforms – Fingerprint Cards’ touch fingerprint sensor FPC1020 and Precise Biometrics Precise BioMatch Mobile algorithm have both been integrated in Intrinsyc’s mobile development platforms MDP810 Tablet and MDP810 Smartphone.

Synaptics pushes its fingerprint sensor technology into new markets – Synaptics projected its total addressable market will expand from smartphones and tablets into new growth areas like automotive and gaming peripherals to see a significant leap from $2.7 billion in 2014 to $10.1 billion in 2018.

Morpho’s fingerprint matching technology ranks first in NIST 2014 MINEX test – According to the results, Morpho ranked first in all three major categories. All tests are performed using fingerprint “templates”, which serve as digital representations of fingerprint images generated for matching and storage purposes.

Intel and McAfee to release new biometric authentication software – In the coming weeks, McAfee will release new biometric authentication software that will enable individuals to log into email and online bank accounts, eliminating the inconvenience of remembering passwords when using PCs and tablets.

UnionPay promoting AndroidPay mobile payment service with possible launch in Q3 2015 – Though similar to Apple’s ApplePay service, which uses fingerprint recognition in concert with Near Field Communication payment methods, AndroidPay differs in that UnionPay can select more partners to develop the security recognition modules.

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