Biometrics and payments, twins dupe facial recognition and fingerprint authentication top this week’s news

November 1, 2015 - 

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

In one of the more unusual stories this week, facial recognition software used by Georgia’s Department of Motor Vehicles was unable to differentiate between teenage twin sisters applying for driving permits.

At the Biometrics 2015 conference held earlier this month, Unique Biometrics founder and CEO Nithin Kumar provided a video demonstration of the company’s new USB iris scanner, Hummingbird 1.0, designed and assembled in the USA.

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a new technology that uses randomized numbers to convert biometric data into a cryptographic key for use in encryption and decryption.

Fingerprint authentication

In the first of three stories involving fingerprint authentication, Android’s developers released this week Asymmetric Fingerprint Dialog, a new sample that shows developers how to securely integrate a compatible fingerprint reader in a client/server environment.

A team from Redgate Software will spend a week rewriting the source code for the biometric identification system used by SimPrints, a non profit tech firm working with the Gates Foundation to design a low-cost fingerprint scanner that healthcare workers can use in developing countries.

Next Biometrics Group ASA announced Dell Inc. has integrated its fingerprint sensors into a range of its 2016 notebook and tablet products.

EyePrint ID

EyeVerify’s EyePrint ID solution was the subject of two big stories this week. First, Wells Fargo recently performed a live demonstration of EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID solution with which customers can use to scan their eye veins to log into their corporate bank account.

Second, RSA integrated Eyeprint ID into the RSA Adaptive Authentication Software Development Kit for mobile applications, providing RSA customers with extra security through eye-based biometric authentication, which uses the camera on a smartphone to capture an image of the eye and matches their unique vein pattern to verify identity.

Border management

Turning over to applications of biometrics in border control, Vision-Box announced it designed and deployed a biometric border control solution that enables authorities to effectively monitor traveler clearance at the border entry and exit point of La Línea de la Concepción, a town in Spain situated on the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.

Australia and New Zealand are in talks to trial a passport-less travel system in which a traveller’s identity and biometrics data would be stored in the cloud so that passengers would no longer be required to travel with their passports and run the risk of having them lost or stolen.

Biometric payments

This week saw a fair share of stories involving biometrics in the payments and financial space, as the Money20/20 conference and exhibition took place in Las Vegas. At the show, as several technology companies showcased various biometric technologies for payments and financial services, including Enacomm, VoiceVault, NXT-ID Inc., and Diebold.

In a guest post, NuData Security’s director of customer success Ryan Wilk, discusses why securing payments via mobile wallets begins with being able to trust the user behind the device by verifying the user based on behavior.

Analyst reports

In the first of three notable market research reports published by analyst firms this week, Technavio’s market research report, “Global Law Enforcement Biometrics Market 2015-2019“, projected the global market to grow at a CAGR of 13.35% during the forecast period.

Next, Juniper Research has published a new report that finds that the increased use of touchless payment services using fingerprint readers will push the number of biometric authenticated transactions to nearly 5 billion by 2019.

Finally, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. released a new report that examines the growing drivers for mobile biometric authentication and modes of biometric standardization.

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Justin Lee has been a contributor with Biometric Update since 2014. Previously, he was a staff writer for web hosting magazine and website, theWHIR. For more than a decade, Justin has written for various publications on issues relating to technology, arts and culture, and entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @BiometricJustin.