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.

Researchers find voice recognition systems easily tricked by impersonators

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have published a new study that reveals that it is relatively easy for skilled voice impersonators to dupe advanced voice recognition systems because they aren’t efficient in recognizing voice modifications, according to a report by V3. Though the majority of new mobile devices are integrated with built-in voice recognition and command capabilities, many of these systems fail to have adequate security mechanisms in place. As a result, these systems can be compromised by

CN deploys FST Biometrics’ IMID solution for access control

FST Biometrics has successfully deployed its In Motion Identification (IMID) solution, integrated with Automatic Systems‘ SmartLane turnstiles, at CN’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada. FST’s contactless system is installed at all perimeter access points of CN’s headquarters, as well as at the entrance of the corporate child daycare center. Canadian integrator Infynia Security oversaw the implementation and integration process at CN’s headquarters. The process included installing FST’s IMID software and Automatic Systems’ SmartLane turnstiles to provide access to its 3,000 employees,

Digital Barriers partner to incorporate facial recognition into AV fleet

NEXT Future Transportation and Digital Barriers have launched a joint integration program involving embedded computer vision software. Digital Barriers’ SmartVis live facial recognition and EdgeVis live video streaming capabilities will be incorporated in the modular vehicle solutions developer’s patented autonomous mass-transportation and goods-movement fleets. The partnership will enable the development of a new user experience in mobility where an individual’s face provides them with secure access to various connected services and in-vehicle preferences. At the same time, the deployment of

Apple patent covers secret biometric ID tracking system of unauthorized users

Apple has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering technology that implements secret biometric ID and tracking of unauthorized users, according to a report by Patently Apple. Filed in Q2 2016 and published on November 14, patent 9,819,676 introduces a new advanced biometrics security measure that collects fingerprints as a means of identifying unauthorized individuals attempting to unlock a person’s iPhone, tablet or MacBook. The biometrics of an unauthorized individual trying to unlock a person’s

NEXT Biometrics reports improved gross margins and revenue

NEXT Biometrics has issued the interim results for Q3 2017, with improved gross margins and revenue, and results for the first nine months ended September 30, 2017. The company’s Q3 revenue increased to NOK 25.4 million (US$3.1 million) compared to NOK 24 million (US$2.9 million) in Q2 2017. Meanwhile, the company’s gross margin improved to -4 percent in Q3 2017. In October, the company began production shipments of NB-2034-S2 fingerprint sensor to US Tier 1 notebook manufacturer, as well as

FIDO Alliance forms European working group

The FIDO Alliance has launched a FIDO Europe Working Group to accelerate the use of FIDO authentication standards in Europe. The launch of the Working Group comes at a time when financial services firms, telecommunications companies and the broader ecosystem are working towards balancing new regulations with rapidly changing customer expectations. FIDO authentication reduces organizations’ and users’ dependence on passwords by providing interoperable, cryptographic, on-device authentication that is more secure and easier to use than passwords and one-time passcodes. At

Fingerprint payment cards to reach 160m shipments by 2022

ABI Research has published its latest Biometric Technologies and Applications report, which finds that biometric technologies are consistently growing their presence in more banking applications. The report states that embedded fingerprint sensor payment cards are the latest addition finally ready to go public. Fingerprint embedded payment cards will experience a significant growth over the next years reaching 160 million shipments by 2022 with a 5-year CAGR of approximately 400 percent. While the Middle East, Africa and North America will be

DHS S&T to host series of biometric technology rallies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is hosting a series of Biometric Technology Rallies aimed at supporting industry innovation and advance technologies that assist DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) operations. DHS will use the results of these rallies to inform planning activities by sharing the information with industry participants to improve product capabilities, as well as with researchers to enable the development of next-generation capabilities. The first Biometric Technology Rally will be held

Apple developing redesigned 2018 iPad with facial recognition

Apple is developing a redesigned iPad that could be released as early as 2018 that integrates key iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and the Face ID facial recognition feature, according to a report by Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter. Despite these new features, the new iPad is unlikely to include an OLED screen, which more accurately reproduces colors. The sources, who asked not to be identified talking about private product development, confirmed that at least one new

AimBrain combines facial authentication with iDENprotect security software

AimBrain has partnered with iDENprotect to combine iDENprotect’s software based hardware-backed security technology with AimBrain’s facial authentication module. Under the partnership, the companies will provide enterprises with an integrated ‘device-plus-identity’ authentication solution to combat unauthorized systems access and fraudulent transactions without requiring additional security hardware devices. “The partnership with AimBrain and its intelligent biometric solution creates additional contexts about the user, improving security and performance,” iDENprotect CEO Craig McDermott, said. “Combined with our superior authentication and trust technology, customers can