July 26, 2015 -
Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week.
Comparing biometric authentication methods
One of the more intriguing stories this week was penned by Enacomm CMO David Anderson, in which he provides a detailed analysis of the various biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint scanning, facial recognition and voice biometrics.
Credit card companies such as Mastercard, along with Canadian banks, are developing biometric authentication technologies to enable customers to validate transactions both in-store and online using biometric identifiers.
Fingerprint recognition proved to be the most popular biometric modality in headlines this week, starting with Precise Biometrics’ announcement that it partnered with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) to integrate its Precise BioMatch Mobile in yet another smartphone whose name was not disclosed.
Sonavation announced it successfully developed and bonded an ultrasound biometric sensor that is compatible with Corning Gorilla Glass, providing a high resolution 3D fingerprint image.
The Pentagon began issuing new building access cards for non-Common Access Card users and require images of the iris and fingerprints be taken of each applicant.
M2SYS Technology announced that major clothing retailer Forever 21 has deployed the M2SYS PC-based RightPunch biometric time clock.
And finally, the Jamaican government said it is on track for the complete roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans and other residents by 2020.
In facial recognition news, face authentication startup BIOMIO announced it will be open sourcing its flagship multi-factor authentication (MFA) framework, which includes client and server-based biometric capabilities as well as authentication options like one-time passwords and context awareness.
The Colorado Information Sharing Consortium executive director David Shipley recently told Colorado Public Radio that the organization tested facial recognition technology two years ago, only to discover that it couldn’t be effectively used to help local police.
Samsung began rolling out a trial version of its new mobile payments platform to select Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users in South Korea, suggesting that the electronics giant is nearing the full rollout of the Apple Pay competitor.
At a presentation at the Digital Commerce Summit in Shanghai, Alipay VP Jason Lu predicted that biometric verification for mobile payments will eventually replace traditional passwords.
SpeechPro USA and PenRad have combined their solutions to deliver a secure, voice biometrics-enabled data entry system for hospitals and clinics.
HYPR announced the general availability of the HYPR Biometric Tokenization Platform, a new end-to-end solution for next-generation security.
Safran said it has it has its sights set on Malaysia as a potential market for expansion.
Finally, Purdue University announced it will continue to offer its online Master of Science degree in biometrics this autumn.