Biometrics insight service, four-finger smartphone solution, facial recognition platforms top this week’s news

November 8, 2015 - 

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

In one of the top stories of the week, Goode Intelligence launched its new subscription-based Biometrics Insight Service which gives organizations access to current and scheduled biometrics market analyst and market intelligence reports, as well as priority access to Goode Intelligence analysts.

In an announcement involving biometrics in border control, Daon has delivered automated passport control (APC) kiosks to Dublin Airport in support of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance program. The APC kiosks cut down on passenger processing time and lets the Dublin Airport Authority provide more flights to the US.

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the 2016 general elections. “No extension. We gave the people a year and a half to register and validate their biometrics,” said Comelec chairman Andres Bautista.

Fingerprint authentication

As usual, a number of popular articles this week focused on fingerprint authentication. First, BIO-key International, Inc. announced that as Microsoft’s exclusive biometric solution partner, the company will demonstrate its fingerprint readers at the Microsoft Ignite your Business with Windows 10 and Office 2016 launch events.

Next, InvenSense released for review its new ultrasonic fingerprint imaging solution which enables fingerprints to be scanned through glass or metal, even when the user’s skin contains oils, lotion, perspiration or other moisture or contaminants that can affect legacy capacitive solutions.

Francis Mather, director of computer vision at Hoyos Labs, contributed an article to Biometric Update about multi-finger authentication as the next phase in smartphone identity recognition and discussed their new four-finger smartphone solution, 4F ID. Hoyos Labs also demonstrated 4F ID at the Biometrics2015 event.

And in the financial and payments sector, a number of banks in the UK have warned their customers that if they store other people’s fingerprints on their iPhones, in the case of disputed transactions or a fraud claims they will be treated as though they have not keep their personal details secured. This could affect those customers who store multiple fingerprints on their phone in order for other family members to access the device.

Facial recognition

Turning over to facial recognition technology, Mitek recently enhanced its instant ID document verification solution, Photo Verify, by adding facial recognition capabilities resulting in a strong two-factor authentication process that helps businesses verify that documents being used in mobile transactions are authentic, government issued documents.

At Security Canada Expo held last month in Toronto, Panasonic product specialist Rui Barbosa gave Biometric Update a video demonstration of the Panasonic facial recognition analytics platform WV-ASF900. The solution can be used for surveillance to safeguard areas, as well as for retail and marketing applications.

Eye and iris recognition

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Nubia unveiled a series of upgraded smartphone, which includes Nubia Z9 Mini Elite with eye pattern recognition. The eyeprint authentication feature is the same EyeVerify-developed technology embedded on ZTE’s new Axon mini smartphone.

Busch Stadium, home of Major League Baseball team St. Louis Cardinals, has installed an iris recognition access control system at the team’s clubhouse doors. Once access is granted, the clubhouse doors are unlocked to provide access to the locker room, rehab rooms, weight training and other restricted areas.

Multimodal biometrics

The State Department has posted a request for information for supporting and implementing a multimodal biometric screening system that is capable of accepting fingerprints, as well as iris and facial scans. The agency is looking to deploy more advanced biometrics technology to help boost its security measures overseas.

NEC announced it will be hosting and participating in several panels and presentations, as well as demonstrating various biometrics solutions throughout the UC Summit 2015. The annual conference and exhibition will be held from November 15-18 at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa in La Jolla, California.

Analyst Reports

Accenture and the World Bank recently released a report to help developing nations create universal ID management systems. The report identifies a comprehensive strategy and implementation roadmap for developing nations seeking to build, or expand citizen identity programs, regardless of their country’s level of technology infrastructure.

And lastly, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. released a new report that examines the growing drivers for mobile biometric authentication and modes of biometric standardization. The report finds that the inclusion of biometrics in mobile devices will generate approximately US$9 billion worth of revenue by 2018 for the biometrics industry.

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