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.

MCB Islamic Bank offering Diebold Nixdorf’s biometric ATMs in Pakistan

Pakistan bank MCB Islamic Bank Limited has partnered with German fintech firm Diebold Nixdorf Technology to provide biometric-enabled cash dispensing technology and software to the country’s unbanked population. The new technology, which features biometric authentication and is powered by Diebold Nixdorf’s software, will enable the bank to drive connected commerce, improve the consumer experience, and deliver a seamless experience across its entire network. “As financial institutions expand their reach within the region, we will continue to serve as a true

Britain accepting passport photos captured on phones to simplify facial recognition matching

Britain’s passport office said it will now accept photos taken on mobile phones when British applicants renew their passports online, according to a report by The Economist. Those individuals applying for their first passport will still be required to have hard copy photos countersigned by a professional acquaintance to verify their identity. However, “selfies” are prohibited as all photos must be taken from a distance of 1.5 meter (4.9 feet). The new feature is a part of developing Home Office

Atos using Nymi Band to integrate heartbeat ID into authentication solutions

Atos is launching a secure authentication method through its Bull technological brand that uses the wearable authentication device Nymi Band to verify the user’s identity by analyzing their heartbeat. Evidian Enterprise SSO (Single Sign-On) solution enables users to securely access their data and critical applications via multi-factor authentication biometric methods from Nymi, such as HeartID or Always On Authentication. The solution allows users to authenticate themselves and stay authenticated, as well as seamlessly and securely communicate with authorized workstations, either via

Hong Kong startup Neat approves prepaid cards through facial recognition

Hong Kong startup Neat recently launched prepaid credit cards that enable users to register instantly through facial recognition technology, according to a report by South China Morning Post. Launched in early December, Neat’s prepaid credit cards are designed specifically for students and first-time jobholders with limited or no credit history who can’t get approved for a credit card from traditional financial institutions. “We are targeting the millennial demographic, students or young professionals who … don’t necessarily qualify for a credit

Philippines’ Comelec allocates US$201K to biometric voter registration machines

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allocated approximately P10 million (US$201,000) to voter registration machines (VRMs) and peripherals in anticipation of more voters registering for the upcoming polls, according to a report by Inquirer.net. The bids and awards committee (BAC) posted an invitation to bid on the Comelec website, specifying that the allocation is intended for the continuing registration of voters. The Commission is looking to purchase 130 units of the VRMs, which include desktop computers, uninterruptible power supply

Global biometric adoption rises as smartphone prices decline

Acuity Market Intelligence published “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report“, which reveals that the quarterly average price of a biometric smartphone decreased from $849 in Q1 2013 to $276 in Q4 2016. The report states that there are now 120 sub-$150 models on the market at an average price of $116, a significant increase from the 28 biometric models available a year ago at an average price of $127. There are currently 87 handset vendors offering biometric smartphones, with ZTE

Biometrics to replace passports at Australian airports

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced plans to implement a new biometric system at the country’s international airports by 2020, which will include replacing existing paper ID passports with face, iris and/or fingerprint recognition, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Budgeted to cost $94 million over five years, the Seamless Traveler system aims to make the airport process more efficient by enabling 90% of arrivals to automatically pass unmanned electronic stations at some time between

India to make UIDAI registration mandatory for all Aadhaar authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, is expected to make it mandatory for manufacturers to embed the Aadhaar encryption key into biometric devices using Aadhaar authentication, according to a report by the Business Standard. Although all current Aadhaar-connected mobile devices are STQC certified, embedding UIDAI‘s encryption key into the devices will provide an additional layer of security to the hardware as biometric-based digital payments become more prevalent throughout the country. Amitabh Kant, National

Researchers develop authentication method using an individual’s heartbeat

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a new authentication method to protect personal electronic health records using a patient’s unique heartbeat. The findings, which were presented last month at The IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2016) in Washington, D.C., describe a process in which an individual’s electrocardiograph (ECG) can be used as a password to lock and unlock files. “The cost and complexity of traditional encryption solutions prevent them being directly applied to telemedicine or mobile

Allied report forecasts global biometric sensor market to reach $1.5B by 2022

Allied Market Research has published a new research report which forecasts that the global biometric sensor market will reach $1.5 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2016 to 2022. The report predicts that the global biometric sensors market is positioned to undergo significant growth during the forecast period as a response to the rise in cyber-attacks and security threats, as well as the demand for biometric sensors in smart gadgets. However, Allied states that a high