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Biometrics 2014 launches final conference agenda, Samsung to keynote

The Biometrics Institute has recently announced several new speaker additions and updates leading up to its Biometrics 2014 event, set to take place October 21-23, 2014 in London. Among the latest announcements, Samsung has signed on and a representative from the company will present on the digital experience and the future of identity at Biometrics 2014. “We are extremely excited to announce Samsung’s participation as a keynote speaker at the conference. The impact on how mobility is changing identity management

Sensory launches mobile biometric authentication app, adds internal biometric team

Sensory has just launched TrulySecure, a new mobile app that supports on-device biometric authentication using speaker verification and facial recognition. According to the company, Sensory’s new approach uses the existing microphone and camera in smartphones, so it’s accessible for users of lower-end devices. Considering authentication happens on the device, Sensory says there is no need for a cloud connection, which could slow things down. The company also notes that this makes biometric data more secure. “The TrulySecure technology has had

NEXT Biometrics signs partnership with Fulcrum Biometrics, gets initial order for sensors

NEXT Biometrics has just received an initial order for 10,000 fingerprint sensors from Fulcrum Biometrics and at the same time, has signed a strategic agreement with the San Antonio, Texas-based firm. According to the company, the first deliveries for Fulcrum’s fingerprint sensors order will begin this month. “We are very pleased to be able to welcome Fulcrum Biometrics as our distributor in the strategically important North-American market,” Tore Etholm- Idsøe, CEO of NEXT Biometrics said. “ Fulcrum is a highly respected and

Anviz Global launches iris recognition access control device

Anviz Global has announced the launch of a new biometric access control device, based on iris recognition. Called UltraMatch, the company says users can scan their irises at a distance of between 18 and 25 centimeters from the device and can store up to 50,000 records. “Our engineers were looking to produce an access control device that surpasses the security measures provided by fingerprint technology. They responded by creating the UltraMatch, a stylish and reliable machine but one which maintains a

Chinese University researchers achieve 99.15% facial recognition accuracy

A team of researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong has reportedly achieved an accuracy rate of 99.15% with its facial recognition algorithm. According to a report in ChinaInternetWatch, these results are based on a test using the Labeled Faces in the Wild database. This database has been specifically created for studying the problem of unconstrained facial recognition, and is seen as a benchmark for these systems. Called DeepID, this new algorithm is reportedly more accurate than Facebook’s DeepFace,

Nexus Smart Pay gets new deployments for biometric fingerprint payment system

Nexus Smart Pay has announced nine new customers piloting the company’s biometric fingerprint payment system. According to the company, these nine companies include Great Harvest Bread Company, Fuddrucker’s Restaurant, BeauJo’s Pizzeria, Victoria’s Garden Floral Company, Untamed Accessories & Clothing, Signs Now, Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies and Who’s Game House. Nexus Smart Pay uses what the company calls biocrypticology, which uses radio frequencies to analyze layers of the skin for verification. “We truly believe that this

Leaked image hints at more embedded Touch ID sensors in Apple devices

Apple’s iPad mini 3 could be the next idevice to sport a fingerprint sensor, based on a new leaked image. A photo originally posted by AppleClub.tw appears to show the iPhone 6, an iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, and they all seem to include the company’s biometric Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Apple recently opened up its Touch ID API for developers. Following that development, it’s not completely unrealistic to think

Telmate gets patent for biometric inmate location tracking

Telmate has announced the issue of a new patent for biometric inmate location tracking in detention environments. According to the company, its patent – No.: 8,761,360 – will provide automatic jail management system updates in regards to inmates’ assigned rooms and location in jail. Though details on modality are scant, the company says inmates will have to use a biometric tool for authentication into certain pre-determined areas. “This new patent is a testament on how communications systems are becoming an indispensable

Hoyos Labs gets Frost & Sullivan award for mobile biometric app, HoyosID

Hoyos Labs has just announced that it has won a 2014 Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 North American Customer Value Leadership Award for mobile biometrics. Specifically, the company’s biometric identity assertion platform, HoyosID, uses smartphone cameras to capture iris and facial biometric data to authenticate its users. This is the technology that prompted the award. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award from Frost & Sullivan, which recognizes efficacy and demand for a solution as impactful as HoyosID,” Hector Hoyos, CEO

MorphoTrust opens new biometric enrolment centers for TSA Pre✓ program

MorphoTrust, along with the TSA, has recently opened six new TSA Pre✓ biometric enrollment centers throughout the United States. New locations include the Boston Logan Airport, Charlotte Douglas International, Pittsburgh International, Tampa International, Orlando International and Lambert-St. Louis International. TSA PRE✓ is a biometric expedited screening process for frequent travellers. “The TSA Pre✓ program continues to grow with more than 300,000 registered passengers since the application program expanded last year,” Charles Carroll, senior vice president for identity services at MorphoTrust