About Justin Lee

Justin Lee has been a contributor with Biometric Update since 2014. Previously, he was a staff writer for web hosting magazine and website, theWHIR. For more than a decade, Justin has written for various publications on issues relating to technology, arts and culture, and entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @BiometricJustin.

CBP asked to disclose about use of biometrics at U.S. entry and exit points

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a D.C. federal judge to order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disclose information about its use of biometric information at U.S. entry and exit points, according to a report by Law 360. The Department of Homeland Security has been fast-tracking the system based on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The move comes just a few weeks after EPIC urged the TSA to consider other options for expanding

FPC issues Q2 2017 report, announces Qualcomm partnership

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has released an interim report for Q2 2017, which saw revenues amounted to SEK 823.4 million (US$100 million) compared to SEK 1,666.1 M (US$202.2 M) in Q2 2016. The gross margin for the quarter was 36 percent, while operating profit amounted to SEK 72.0 M (US$8.7 M), compared to SEK 675.1 M (US$82 M) in the year-earlier period. Meanwhile, the company’s earnings per share before dilution amounted to SEK 0.10 M (US$10,000) compared to SEK 1.72 M

BIO-key approved for Nasdaq listing

BIO-key International, Inc. announced that its common stock has been approved for listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market, effective with the start of trading on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The company said its shares will continue to trade under the symbol BKYI. “Our Nasdaq listing is a significant milestone for BIO-key and our shareholders, that underscores our ramping sales momentum so far this year,” Michael DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key, said. “We continue to see growing interest in the

Delta testing fingerprint recognition boarding pass at Arlington, VA airport

Delta customers now can use fingerprints instead of their boarding pass to board any Delta aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Delta’s biometric boarding pass experience that launched in May at the DCA Delta Sky Club is now integrated into the boarding process, enabling eligible Delta SkyMiles members who are enrolled in CLEAR to use their fingerprints as proof of identity to board their plane. The final phase of Delta’s DCA biometric boarding pass test, which will take place

Visa study finds Australians prefer biometrics over PINs for payment authentication

Visa released its sponsored YouGov study that found that Australians are slowly accepting the idea of making payments via Internet of Things (IoT), as long as they can use biometrics for authentication, according to a report by ZDNet. The report states that 29 percent of Australians are comfortable with the idea of using internet-connected devices, such as a virtual assistants or smart fridges, to make payments. The figure, which more than doubles the 12 percent reported in September 2016, is

TSB Bank to add iris recognition to mobile app

TSB Bank will introduce iris recognition capabilities to its mobile banking app starting this September, enabling customers to login to their bank account by simply glancing at their device, according to a report by the BBC. As a result, TSB will become the first bank in Europe to offer the technology. Customers will need the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 device and register their irises to use the feature. The banking mobile app currently enables TSB customers to log on to

BrainChip AI software helps police search video for identifying patterns or faces

BrainChip Holdings Ltd. has released the artificial intelligence-powered BrainChip Studio, which is designed to help law enforcement and intelligence organizations rapidly search enormous amounts of video footage for identifying patterns or faces. Leveraging spiking neural network technology, a type of neuromorphic computing that simulates the functionality of the human visual tract, BrainChip Studio is able to work on low resolution video and requires only a 24×24 pixel image to detect and classify faces. The software includes advanced facial detection, extraction,

Aetna rolls out FIDO, behavioral authentication for healthcare data security

FIDO Alliance executive director, Brett McDowell, reiterated in a blog post a report by the Wall Street Journal in which Aetna’s chief security officer Jim Routh discussed how the company adopted FIDO Authentication to improve the security and usability of its online services for its customers, partners and employees. Aetna is currently in the midst of a multi-year rollout of its next-generation authentication (NGA) platform across mobile and web applications. With NGA, Aetna is developing new industry best practices for

Global healthcare biometrics market to surpass $2.8B by 2022

Market Research Engine released a new research report that forecasts that the global healthcare biometrics market will undergo a CAGR of 19.2 percent from 2016 to 2022 to exceed more than US$2.8B by 2022. The research report details the driving factors of the global healthcare biometrics market as increased financial profits, providing a practical option to passwords, decreased healthcare fraud attacks, governments supporting the adoption of biometrics in healthcare, and developing countries being integrated by biometric solutions in healthcare set-ups.

Apple patents technology to discreetly call 911 using your fingerprint

Apple has patented a new technology to more discreetly call emergency services by simply touching the iPhone screen, aimed at helping users evade potential attackers, according to a report by CNBC. Initially filed back in 2013 and published on July 18, the patent application for “Biometric Initiated Communication” details technology that would sense the “manner” in which a finger touched the iPhone screen to trigger a 911 call. The filing explains that the iPhone would analyze a number of criteria