About Rawlson King

Rawlson O’Neil King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com and is an experienced communications professional, management consultant, trade journalist and author who recently published a book about control and electronic networks and who has written numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals about smart home and building technologies. Follow him @rawlsonking2.

UK Biometrics Commissioner issues consultation responses

A recent UK Home Office consultation sought views on new guidance for police chief constables considering applications from the public to have their DNA and fingerprints deleted before the legal retention period expires. UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor responded to the consultation by stating that early deletion of biometric data should take place if no crime was committed, and also if a malicious or false allegation was made. The Commissioner also recommended that early deletion should take place if

Apple Pay praised in reviews, availability criticized

The technology press has been generally impressed with the debut of Apple Pay. As reported previously, Apple partnered with credit card companies, financial institutions and retailers for the new payment service, along with major merchants including Walgreens, McDonald’s, Macy’s and Staples to introduce a NFC-powered mobile payment service. Biometrics Research Group, Inc. has noted that Apple had been preparing to launch its Apple Pay service for months, which would allow customers to use the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to

India to use Aadhaar to provide universal healthcare

The Indian government plans to use its national Aadhaar biometric database to deploy its newly proposed universal healthcare program. As part of the new national government’s manifesto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised radical reforms in healthcare with the introduction of the “National Health Assurance Mission” (NHAM) scheme. The new program’s goal is to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to every Indian citizen. In order to achieve this goal, the Indian government intends to use Aadhaar as means of identification

Biometric tech usage protocols should be evaluated during Ebola airport screenings

Due to the dangers that the Ebola epidemic represents to the United States, health protocols focused on airport screening should consider when biometric technologies should be employed at airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) this week began new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. CDC has sent

Ipsos uses biometrics to measure advertising engagement

Ipsos is harnessing the power of neuroscience to understand the intensity of emotional response in its clients’ advertising campaigns. The global market research company offers its customers the use of a “biometrics kiosk” as a quick and easy way to measure and understand the intensity of emotional response in advertising and other marketing content. The Ipsos kiosk is a “pop-up” booth that can be placed in any brick-and-mortar retail location to measure responses among a consumer sample group matching a

Indian gov’t launches biometric employee attendance system

The Indian government is making its employee attendance records available online. Using the Aadhaar system, employee attendance data will be tracked in real-time and made publicly visible via an online portal. The portal is currently providing a graphical representation of government attendance numbers for nearly 50,000 registered employees in 150 government organizations. Attendance is tracked through the use of a new biometric attendance system that makes use of the government’s Aadhaar system. Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric database, is governed

Explainer: Value Added Resellers in the biometrics sector

A value added reseller is an IT vendor that takes an existing, separate product and adds their own value to it, usually in the form of a specific new application. The value added reseller therefore combines a new service with an existing product and is defined by the fact that they add features or services, usually to the benefit of end-users. Value added resellers ultimately provide an integrated end product that constitutes a turnkey solution. Instead of a technology end-user

PayPal split from eBay will advance mobile payment technology

The proposed split off of PayPal from eBay will create benefits that advance mobile payment technology. eBay announced earlier this week that it plans to separate eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies next year. eBay has stated that by spinning off PayPal, the two new companies will capitalize on their own respective growth opportunities in a rapidly changing global commerce and payments landscape. “eBay and PayPal are two great businesses with leading global positions in commerce and payments,”

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

This week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database. The FBI Laboratory, along with the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, have said that they are actively collaborating to develop a streamlined approach towards automating DNA collection processes from qualifying “arrestees” and offenders that are in custody during arrest, booking or conviction. The goal of the FBI plan is to integrate “Rapid DNA”

LA County Sheriff’s Department to launch biometric ID system with little discussion

According to a NBC television report produced in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is quietly rolling out a high-tech biometric identification system. The new system that the department will ultimately roll out will be the largest law enforcement repository outside of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and will augment the FBI’s Next Generation Biometric Identification Program. The FBI program adds new biometric modalities, which include voice, iris and facial recognition, to