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.

Global biometrics market to exceed $10B by 2021: ABI Research

ABI Research has published its “Hot Tech Innovators: Biometrics” report, which forecasts that the biometrics market will exceed $10 billion by 2021. In the report, ABI Research identifies four technologies that innovative and agile startups must incorporate into their solutions to secure significant share in the changing competitive landscape including multifactor authentication (MFA), point-of-sale (PoS), mobile payments, and passive authentication. “Companies can no longer afford to cut corners when it comes to security,” said Dimitrios Pavlakis, industry analyst at ABI

IDEX ASA issues Q4 2016 and year-end 2016 financial results

IDEX has issued its Q4 2016 and year-end 2016 financial results, which recorded revenues of NOK 38.6 million (US$4.6 million) in 2016 compared to NOK 0.3 million (US$36,000) in 2015. In Q4 2016, the revenues amounted to NOK 12.5 million (US$1.5 million), which represents a significant increase over the NOK 0.2 million (US$24,000) in recorded revenues for Q4 2015. IDEX said its ongoing biometric smartcard program with strategic eco-system partners is making considerable progress. The company’s global payments partner completed

NYDFS finalizes cybersecurity regulations for New York financial institutions

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently issued cybersecurity regulations that require New York banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions to create and maintain a cybersecurity program designed to protect consumers and the financial services industry at large, according to a report by Mondaq. The regulations, which take effect on March 1, require all applicable entities subject to come into compliance with most requirements within 180 days of the effective date. However, certain requirements allow up

CrucialTec to release on-screen fingerprint sensor solution this year

Fingerprint module developer CrucialTec said it will begin supplying its on-screen fingerprint sensors that allows for biometric authentication on a smartphone screen, as opposed to the home button, to smartphone vendors around the world later this year, according to a report by The Investor. The move comes a couple years after CrucialTec was granted a patent for new technology to install fingerprint sensors under the display panels of smartphones. Several smartphone vendors have been waiting for the new fingerprint sensors

HID Global’s healthcare ID technology trends point to the growing role of biometrics

HID Global has shared three key identification technology trends emerging in the healthcare sector, which include integrated, compliant systems that are both convenient and connected; connected environments that drive the need to ensure the Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT); and the increasing role of biometrics in patient and provider authentication and EPCS applications. The increasing use of trusted identities in the healthcare sector is driving the demand for advanced smart card technologies and mobile solutions. As the industry shifts its

Microsoft considering using Aadhaar to authenticate Skype users in India

Microsoft is considering using Aadhaar to authenticate users in India of its VoIP phone service Skype, according to a report by The Hindu Business Line. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently met with India’s Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to discuss how the technologies used in Digital India projects can benefit the country. The Digital India initiative aims to make government services available to Indian citizens electronically through improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity. Microsoft said

Hitachi releases new video analytics software for smart cities and digital enterprises

Hitachi Insight Group, Hitachi Ltd.’s global unified internet of things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) unit, released new video analytics software to improve and expand on its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Through a combination of computer vision and advanced analytics, Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) is able to obtain key insights and create real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with operational and business intelligence, smarter transportation, traffic and parking management, and more

IriTech, Egistec sign co-promotion deal to target mobile device and VR/AR manufacturers

IriTech, Inc. has entered a co-promotion agreement with fingerprint sensor developer Egis Technology Inc., which is expected to create more opportunities for the two companies in the consumer technology space while focusing on the mobile industry. With an extensive background in iris recognition technologies, IriTech provides several innovative approaches aimed at emerging industries such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and automotive. The company has made significant investments in research and development to solve various challenges faced by iris

Pindrop research explores how aging can impact accuracy of voice authentication

With the growing adoption of voice biometrics for identification and authentication purposes, researchers are investigating into what the contributing factors of users’ voices changing over time. Pindrop has released new research revealing that voices change significantly with age, even in the short term, which makes the process of voice biometrics-based authentication more difficult to achieve. One of the greatest challenges of authenticating an aging voice is that every individual’s voice ages uniquely and at a different rate, which means there

U.S. congressman supports mandatory biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border

As several members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation criticize a plan to move forward with biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border crossings, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R) says he supports the initiative, according to a report by Auburnpub.com. In an interview with The Citizen, Katko said that while he acknowledges the potential consequences that the screening could have on northern and western New York, he is primarily focused on how biometric technology could strengthen border security. “I think we can