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Stephen Mayhew is the publisher and co-founder of Biometrics Research Group, Inc.. His experience includes a mix of entrepreneurship, brand development and publishing. Stephen attended Carleton University and lives in Toronto, Canada. Connect with Stephen on LinkindIn.

ContinUse Biometrics receives strategic investment from Tyco

Israeli startup ContinUse Biometrics has received a million dollar strategic investment from global security systems company Tyco. According to a report in Globes, the investment will allow ContinUse Biometrics to further develop its technology and embed it into a range of solutions for Tyco’s clients around the world. According to the company’s website, ContinUse Biometrics has developed a contactless biometric sensor platform that can continuously monitor physiological state from a distance of up to several hundred meters. The sensor has

Dell showcases new line of Windows 10 laptops with advanced facial recognition

Dell’s Inspiron 7000 line of laptops running Windows 10 comes with advanced facial recognition, making use of the on-board infrared camera and Windows Hello to allow you to sign in by looking at your screen, according to a report by TechTimes. The new Inspiron 7000 laptops – the 13-inch, 15-inch or 17-inch model – also include the following features: an aluminum chassis; a Windows 10 certified, precision touchpad; a backlit keyboard; an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and

Lenovo ZUK Z2 smartphone features FPC touch fingerprint sensor

Lenovo’s new ZUK Z2 smartphone features Fingerprint Cards (FPC) touch fingerprint sensor FPC1155. The device also uses Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile. The fingerprint algorithm is based on Precise Biometrics’ standardized extractor and matcher technology, which is ISO 19794-2 compliant. Earlier this month, it was announced that Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics are providing the fingerprint technology for the new Coolpad Max and Max Lite smartphones. In February, research firm Acuity Market

100 million mobile SIMs registered with subscribers’ biometric details in Bangladesh

According to a report in BDNews24.com, over 100 million mobile phone SIMs have been re-registered with the biometric details of subscribers. That is more than 76 percent of active mobile phone connections. The re-registration process, which began on December 16 last year, is aimed at controlling crimes committed by using mobile phone connections under false identity. The deadline to re-register active SIMs is May 31. According to the Bangladesh State Minister for Telecom, Tarana Halim, “unregistered SIMs will be deactivated

Facial recognition startup to cover Moscow’s CCTV network

The Guardian reports that Russian facial recognition company FindFace is finalizing a deal with Moscow city government covering the city’s network of 150,000 CCTV cameras. If a crime is committed, the mugshots of anyone in the area can be fed into the system and matched with photographs of wanted lists, court records, and even social networks. FindFace launched in March and has about 500,000 users. The FindFace service was designed for users of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” and

Ekin Technology granted patent for all-in-one LPR, speedometer, and facial recognition scanner

Turkey’s Ekin Technology was recently granted a U.S. patent for a light bar with an integrated license plate reader (LPR), speedometer, and facial recognition capability, according to a report on Ars Technica. Agencies ranging from the FBI to the California attorney general’s office have expressed their interest in the “Ekin Patrol” technology but privacy advocates are concerned. “The facial recognition equivalent of license plate reader scanning has always been a civil liberties nightmare,” Jay Stanley, an analyst at the American

130 million people used Aadhaar in March to authenticate identity, receive benefits

More than 130 million people used Aadhaar this past March to authenticate their identity and receive a government benefit or service, according to the latest figures submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at a meeting chaired by the PM earlier this month. The India Times reports that this is the highest ever for any month. “This is the ultimate test of Aadhaar – whether people are actively using it to receive a service or benefit,” a senior government official

Biometrics industry insight, ID4Africa and behavioral analytics trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Industry insight Biometric Update had the opportunity recently to speak with MorphoTrust USA CEO Robert Eckel about the future of the biometrics industry as well as the role in which MorphoTrust expects to play in shaping the industry over the next five to ten years. MorphoTrust USA is a provider of large scale identity enrollment services, biometric technologies and secure ID/credentialing solutions.

Survey finds U.S. consumers would pay for a credit card with built in biometric protection

According to SmartMetric, a consumer survey of credit card users in the United States found that 80% of those questioned are concerned about credit card and identity fraud and that 67% of those users would be wiling to pay for a biometrics secured credit card that has a built-in fingerprint reader for protection. “This consumer survey shows the continued anxiety and concern of consumers regarding the safety of their credit cards and the insecurity when it comes to card fraud

Police errors, paperwork delays force destruction of biometric data of 800 terror suspects

According to a report in The Telegraph, the fingerprint and DNA profiles of up to 800 terror suspects have been destroyed because of errors by the police and the Security Service. That is approximately 10% of the individuals whose biometric profiles are held in the UK Government’s counter-terrorism databases. Sources told The Telegraph that the destruction took place because paperwork was not completed which would have allowed biometric data to be stored indefinitely while critics called for an investigation into