About Chris Burt

Chris Burt is a writer and contributor to Biometric Update. He has also written nonfiction about information technology, dramatic arts, sports culture, and fantasy basketball, as well as fiction about a doomed astronaut. He lives in Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter @AFakeChrisBurt."

U.S. legislators move to limit drone surveillance and facial recognition

Bicameral legislation was introduced last week to the U.S. houses of congress by Senator Edward J. Markey and Rep. Peter Welch to protect individual privacy from the growing number of government and commercial drones in use. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (PDF) has been referred to the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce. “What happens if there are drones that are gathering, through facial recognition, who is shopping on Main Street and selling that

MorphoTrak cloud service gains traction with field experience

MorphoTrak‘s cloud solution for government and law enforcement agencies, MorphoCloud, was launched in October 2015, and the service is now evolving based on experience gained in the field. While the cloud inherently enables many potential benefits including high availability, performance, and security, the company has gained valuable experience with utilization in the field, which is increasing as agencies adopt MorphoCloud. Offering solutions delivered by the cloud is often referred to as using the “as-a-Service” label, which identifies it as free

National e-payment plan driving biometrics growth in Thailand

Efforts by the government of Thailand are contributing to growth and optimism at companies providing biometric identity systems in the country. The Thai government announced the roll-out of a national e-payment system last year, and the Bank of Thailand seperately notified financial institutions of the need to update customer’s password verification protocols due to fraud. Now, Singapore-based identity management firm i-Sprint Innovations has selected DataOne Asia Thailand as its local authorized distributor, the Bangkok Post reports. “Apart from Singapore, Thailand

Special Report: Mobile Biometrics Applications

This mobile biometrics market report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides an overview of the mobile biometrics market and the elements contributing to its growth towards global ubiquity. The report covers the market for biometric applications on mobile devices as an enhancement or alternative to passwords, which will continue to see enormous growth due to consumer demand for convenient security. This is particularly the case for uses like banking and commerce where security is critical. Other market segments include enterprise

Biometric patient authentication growing throughout healthcare market

The healthcare market is exploring a range of applications for biometric patient identity verification to reduce fraud and human error, and improve outcomes, as shown by a series of announcements over the latter part of February. Healthcare IT security company Imprivata announced this week that it has expanded its PatientSecure patient identification platform. Patient misidentification has become rampant, Impriveta says, impacting patient care and hospital’s financial results. To combat this problem, PatientSecure now features self-service patient registration workflows, and identity

Entrust Datacard building out continuous authentication capabilities

The ability to continuously authenticate a user during a session is a major opportunity for financial and banking companies with mobile customers, says Entrust Datacard global vice-president of authentication Ryan Zlockie. Entrust Datacard will make announcements related to continuous authentication at RSA 2017 and in March, the later related to biometrics, Zlockie told Biometric Update in an exclusive interview. “A lot of things are changing with the banks, that are really putting authentication even more front and center,” Zlockie says.

BluStor to launch innovative consumer password product at RSA

The security industry has already accepted the end of the traditional access control regime of usernames and passwords. What shape the shift will take is less certain, however. BluStor believes it has the answer, in the form of a smart card that acts as a local-storage password manager secured by multi-factor biometrics. At the upcoming RSA Conference, Feb. 13 to 17 in San Francisco, BluStor will unveil its Password Vault, which due to its ease of use as a companion

European rights agency issues opinion on Eurodac revision

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published an opinion on the impact of proposed revisions to the Eurodac Regulation on children. European Parliament had requested the Agency’s opinion on a series of changes as its scope changes in response to the region’s illegal immigration crisis. Eurodac is the European Dactyloscopy fingerprint database, set up to examine applications for international protection. It was originally established in 2000, and updated in 2013. The system is used by EU and Schengen

ZTE achieves facial recognition breakthrough with deep learning

ZTE has achieved a breakthrough in deep learning and convolutional neural networks (CNN), working with Intel, which could enable new cloud applications performing picture search and matching, according to a Tuesday announcement. The companies say many others researching Internet search and artificial intelligence have been trying to reach the performance and accuracy benchmark. ZTE engineers in Nanjing City, China, used Intel’s mid-range Arria 10 FPGA (or field-programmable gate array) for a cloud inferencing application using a CNN algorithm, and reached

Researchers developing emotional brainwave verification system

Researchers are developing a security system that analyzes brain waves to determine the user’s mental state, and provide or deny access to resources based on them. A research paper titled “Brainwave authentication using emotional patterns” by Violeta Tulceanu was published to the latest issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, and describes the use of brainwave biometrics to supplement access control systems. Applications of a security system based on mental state could include control of access to buildings,