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.

British Airways introduces facial recognition border control gates at Heathrow airport

British Airways is introducing facial recognition-based border control technology that will seamlessly and quickly identify passengers at boarding gates in London’s Heathrow Airport, according to a report by Bloomberg. Facial recognition devices at the airport’s main security-screening area in Terminal 5 capture a traveler’s facial features along with the boarding pass. The kiosks then run a facial scan at the gate to verify the traveler’s identity, allowing them to board the plane without displaying any documents, according to a British

Nigeria to make biometric ID mandatory for port users, using biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s minister of transportation has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any seaport facility in the country in an effort to improve security, according to a report by Business Day. Isichei Osamgbi, head of corporate communications of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said in a statement that “it is now compulsory that every port user including workers can only have access into ports on the presentation of the issued unified biometric ID.”

NEC to demonstrate biometric enterprise solutions at Enterprise Connect 2017

NEC Corporation of America is demonstrating its range of Smart Enterprise technologies, which include several biometric solutions, at the upcoming Enterprise Connect 2017 conference. During the conference NEC will deliver an interactive presentation that will prove how any size company can use Smart Enterprise solutions across the organization. NEC will also exhibit its line of biometrics, communications, analytics, security, cloud, and SDN solutions that maximize the benefits of a Smart Enterprise strategy. The company’s facial recognition software NeoFace recognizes registered

QiSQi develops mobile automated biometric ID system for law enforcement

QiSQi Identification Technologies developed the MABIS (mobile automated biometric identification system) platform and app that can register and identify fingerprints, faces, and iris within less than a second. The app operates on a standard Android mobile phone, enabling users to seamlessly and quickly deploy its capabilities without investing in any additional hardware. Equipped with mobile and touchless biometrics software from Diamond Fortress, the app obtains high-quality fingerprints via the mobile camera. The face recognition has 2D/3D enhancement features, which enables

MouseComputers releases Windows Hello facial recognition camera for Windows 10

MouseComputers recently made available its Mouse Facial Recognition Camera For Windows Hello (CM01-A), which allows Windows 10 users to add facial recognition capabilities to their existing device, according to a report by Supersite Windows. The company first showcased the camera last year at the COMPUTEX Taipei 2016 conference. The product was previously available only in the Asia Pacific market, but can now be purchased in the US through Amazon. Priced at $69.99, the MouseComputers peripheral camera features an infrared camera

Mount Airey Group, Acuant to release chip reader for passport authentication

Identity solutions firm Mount Airey Group, Inc. is partnering with data capture and authentication firm Acuant to release a comprehensive authentication solution for border control. Acuant’s newly developed chip reader technology, Acuant CHIP, will serve as an integral aspect of AssureID which is integrated with Mount Airey Group’s Ozone e-Passport authentication technology. The partnership offers the first-to-market certificate chain validation for passports, including country-specific policy controls. Acuant CHIP conducts multiple authentication tests including basic access control (BAC) to cryptographically access

NIST to measure benefits of five identity management pilots

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Trusted Identities Group (TIG) revealed in a blog post that it will invest $750,000 to assess the benefits of five state and local government identity management pilot projects it funded in 2016. In an effort to find a more effective authentication method, the measurement agency plans to award $750,000 to one vendor that can measure the benefits of NIST-funded pilot projects and find new opportunities for further widespread adoption. Founded in 2015

Innovatrics releases mobile version of facial recognition platform

Innovatrics has released a mobile version of its facial recognition technology, IFace 3.0 Mobile, which is designed to be seamlessly integrated into mobile applications to include facial biometrics as a second factor authentication feature. The new mobile version is designed to meet the needs of financial institutions, commercial organizations and mobile application integrators. IFace 3.0 Mobile features a facial library footprint of only 10 MB, making it the optimal storage size for mobile devices. In addition, face detection, template extraction,

FIDO Alliance protocol enables businesses to integrate mobile apps with authentication APIs

Nok Nok Labs revealed in a blog post that the FIDO Alliance has developed a solution that can help businesses integrate their mobile applications with various authentication APIs. The protocol could particularly be useful if Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 features facial recognition technology instead of the current fingerprint sensor, as it would prevent businesses from having to “recode, redesign, retest and rework their existing systems” to adapt to new technology. Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, which is set for release in

Australian government to launch digital pass verification service in early 2018

The Australian government is operating a private beta test of a new digital identity platform designed for users of online government services to provide authentication without having to continuously resubmit their identifying documents, according to a report by InnovationAus.com. Using Govpass, which is set to be launched in a public beta in early 2018, people will be able to complete their identification process by providing their personal details, an identification document such as a birth certificate or drivers’ license and