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.

Crossmatch, Oxford Computer Group to offer biometric identity solutions to Microsoft customers

Crossmatch and Oxford Computer Group have partnered to offer biometric identity solutions to Microsoft customers. Under the agreement terms, Oxford Computer Group will become an authorized reseller offering Crossmatch’s DigitalPersona Composite Authentication software and support, as well as single finger readers to Microsoft customers. The partnership is expected to be a significant component of the defense against cybersecurity threats, particularly in light of the rise in global breaches. “The ‘breach-a-week’ global business culture is in desperate need of solutions that

UB researchers have developed heart scan authentication system

A University of Buffalo-led research team has developed a contactless authentication system that can scan the dimensions of a user’s heart as an identifier to authenticate devices. “Logging-in and logging-out are tedious,” said Wenyao Xu, assistant professor at the University of Buffalo’s department of computer science and engineering and the lead author of “Cardiac Scan: A Non-Contact and Continuous Heart-Based User Authentication System”, a paper to be presented next month at MobiCom. Xu added that the system would be the

BluStor biometric ID smartcard prevents identity theft and protects data

BluStor has released the new Identity biometric smartcard, which is designed to prevent identity theft before it happens to users or their business. “While other identity theft companies focus on monitoring and alerting, BluStor has taken a hardline focus on preventing hackers from ever getting in your front-door,” said Finis Conner, founder and CEO of BluStor. Identity is a wireless credit-card-sized computer that enables users to take control of their passwords and other personal information by storing that data directly

Inner city bank leverages biometric technology to make banking more accessible

ATB Financial and Boyle Street Community Services have partnered to form community agency Four Directions Financial, which leverages biometric identification technology to make banking more accessible. The move marks the first time a company in Canada has deployed this approach for the underbanked. After more than a year of consultation with inner-city agencies, the companies formed Four Directions Financial to meet the unique financial needs of those individuals living in poverty. The company uses biometric technology to help provide them

Cubic developing subway ticketing system that uses facial recognition, palm vein scanning

Cubic Transportation Systems, the US firm that developed London’s Oyster card technology, is developing new ticketing systems that use facial recognition, palm vein scanning and object tracking in order to reduce queues. According to a report in Wired, Cubic’s biometric ticketing system is designed to alleviate congestion at ticket gates by removing the gates all together. The company’s prototype for the “FasTrack” gateless gate system uses an object tracking system to track passengers as they walk through. “The ridership on

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group want voice biometrics as method of authentication in its call centers

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is seeking to use voice biometrics at call centers to authenticate customers across all services, according to a report by ZDNet. Earlier this month, the bank partnered with Nuance to introduce voice identification technology earlier this month with its Grow by ANZ app. The new app allows customers to make “pay anyone” payments of more than AU$1,000 (US$794.50) automatically, eliminating the need to visit a branch in person. In addition, voice ID

Trustonic enables Koscom SignKorea to provide multi-authentication services

Korean accredited certification authority Koscom SignKorea has selected Trustonic to enable secure multi-authentication services using PINs, biometrics, or passwords. SignKorea is developing a united authentication platform to streamline and secure online authentication for end users of services from security companies, banks and credit card issuers. As part of the project, Trustonic will secure SignKorea’s national public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates on devices. Trustonic’s application protection and secured platform solutions ensure that Koscom certificates are protected. The company’s Trusted Execution Environment

Source says Apple to prevent app developers from harvesting biometric data

Apple has a plan to prevent app developers from violating user privacy regarding the use of its Face ID facial recognition feature for the new iPhone X, available November 3, according to a Fortune.com report citing a source close to the matter. The tech giant has yet to disclose any details about these so-called privacy guidelines, however, Apple has had a consistent reputation for championing privacy which means it is likely to use Face ID responsibly. However, this does not

Biometrics Institute CEO outlines strengths and vulnerabilities of biometric security

Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller recently penned an opinion-editorial emphasizing how stakeholders must balance the strengths and vulnerabilities of biometric technology, as its credibility relies on the industry’s efforts to collaborate globally. The recent rise of biometrics deployments in consumer services has confirmed spoofing as a vulnerability that needs careful management. Moeller states that the weaknesses in biometrics have “spawned a race between those creating and applying the solutions.” She adds that while all biometric systems have some flaws, what

OT-Morpho’s U.S. innovation center explores biometric banking

OT-Morpho officially opened its first U.S. innovation center in Redwood City, California, which allows visitors to experience a biometric and digital journey encompassing banking, payments, IoT, telecom and retail processes for real-life technology integration. The new center will serve as a hands-on lab to demonstrate how service providers who have gone digital have implemented and executed biometric technologies. Visitors to the center will start their journey at “home” and then will eventually immersed in several daily life environments simulating innovative