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."

UIDAI announces plans to add facial recognition to Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has announced the addition of facial recognition to the Aadhaar program to provide more authentication options for users. Aadhaar has previously implemented fingerprint and iris recognition, along with one-time passwords (OTP) for identity verification. UIDAI notes in a circular (PDF) that it is difficult for some users to use fingerprints or iris scans, and that many Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) have not deployed both modalities. The enrollment process for Aadhaar has included the

Cato Institute calls biometric exit program “a big waste of money”

The Cato Institute is calling on the U.S. Congress to resist efforts to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) biometric exit program through a DACA deal, calling it “a big waste of money.” In a post written by Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity immigration policy analyst David Bier, the Institute recognizes the security value and practicality of the biometric entry program, US-VISIT, saying it undermines visa fraud. The biometric exit program, in contrast, cannot be easily

FIDO Alliance lauds first-year progress of Japan Working Group

The FIDO Alliance has announced that membership in its FIDO Japan Working Group (FJWG) has doubled in the first year to 25 companies, indicating what the Alliance calls “a year of great progress for FIDO Authentication in Japan” in 2017. New members to the FJWG include mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI, which joins the country’s other two MNOs in the organization, along with JCB, Japan’s only international payment brand. Deployments of FIDO authentication by major organizations in Japan accelerated over

DISA working on gait recognition for multi-factor mobile authentication platform

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is working to enable seven different types of biometric authentication with mobile devices for identifying people in the field, outgoing DISA chief Lt. Gen. Allen Lynn said at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) luncheon, FedScoop reports. Gait recognition is among the seven different biometrics DISA is attempting to use, in addition to more common authentication modalities like fingerprint and facial recognition, Lynn said. Lynn did not list all seven biometrics the

Startup Bite offering automated kiosks with facial recognition for restaurants

U.S. fast-food chain Jack in the Box is considering deploying automated kiosks to replace human cashiers at its points-of-sale, CEO Leonard Comma said this week. The technology to do so is already available from startup Bite, which makes facial recognition kiosks for quick service restaurants, The Spoon reports. The kiosks consist of iPads with proprietary software and machine learning integrated, and use facial recognition to engage customers with loyalty programs, customized menus, and upselling opportunities. “We think facial recognition can

IDEX hosts investor presentation on capturing the second biometric wave

IDEX hosted an investor presentation on “Capturing the Second Biometric Wave” with CEO Dr. Hemant Mardia, CFO Henrik Knudtzon, CTO Fred Benkley and Chief Products Officer Stan Swearingen this week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The second wave, IDEX says, consists of larger sensor sizes, driven by usability and security, the decoupling of sensing elements from silicon, which significantly decreases sensor cost, and the integration of digital intelligence into the driver ASIC. The company noted Mastercard and University of

Survey shows biometric authentication about to take off among Asian corporations

Nearly a third of all large corporations in Asia believe biometric authentication modalities like fingerprint, face, voice, and iris recognition are far more secure than current practices, and plan to use them in the near future, according to research by East & Partners Asia. The market research firm interviewed 947 chief financial officers and corporate treasurers from the top 1,000 financial institutions across ten major markets in Asia, and found that while only 3.2 percent currently use biometrics, passwords are

Enacomm and Advantel partner to offer financial institutions interactive voice response and voice biometrics

Authentication company Enacomm and voice and data solutions provider Advantel have announced a partnership to provide financial institutions with dynamic interactive voice response (IVR) and other technologies for personalized customer interactions. Advantel will offer AI-powered VPA (virtual personal assistant) banking and the Enacomm Financial Suite (EFS), which includes voice biometrics and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities, to financial institutions under the partnership. “Advantel’s team of experts designs, implements and maintains powerful converged solutions for businesses worldwide,” said Enacomm CEO Michael

Sequrest to enhance Banking Systems solutions’ security with facial recognition

Cybersecurity firm Sequrest announced it has been selected for a strategic partnership by Banking Systems Ltd of Panama, to implement facial recognition for its NexorONE and Bansoft online banking solutions. Banking Systems chose Sequrest to minimize the risk of hacking and unauthorized account access, and enhance the security of its software, which is used by financial companies including banks, credit unions, eWallets, and payment platforms in 40 countries. “Our company mission is to strive to excel by delivering more than

Canadian consumer ready to replace passwords with biometrics: survey

An overwhelming majority of Canadian consumers (85 percent) is interested in using biometrics to verify their identity or make a payment, according to survey results released by Visa. In a survey of a thousand Canadians, Visa found that nearly six out of ten are already familiar with biometrics, with 57 percent having used fingerprint recognition, and 25 percent using it regularly. Experience with voice biometrics is less common, with 39 percent having used the technology, and only 10 percent using