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.

U.S. continues to spy on ordinary citizens

During a recent trip to Europe, President Obama said that the U.S. intelligence community was not snooping on “ordinary citizens,” despite many indications to the contrary. “I am confident that everybody in our intelligence agencies operates with the best of intentions and is not snooping into the privacy of ordinary Dutch, German, French or American citizens,” Obama told reporters during a multilateral summit in The Hague. Obama said that due to spy revelations made by the former, renegade intelligence contractor

Biometric voter enrollment engenders rewards and risks

Ensuring quick and precise voter enrollment and identification is the cornerstone of any credible election. Biometric systems are increasingly being deployed in the developing world with the aim to ensure a fair and efficient electoral process. In rich countries, almost everyone has a reliable form of official identification, and biometric technology has traditionally been employed mainly for security and forensics. However, many developing countries suffer from an identity gap where millions of people lack official forms of identification, including birth

Fujitsu: A conversation with Derek Northrope, Head of Biometrics

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology is a palm vein based “strong authentication” solution that utilizes industry-leading vascular pattern biometric technology. The technology offers a highly reliable, contactless, biometric authentication solution that is non-intrusive and easy to use. PalmSecure technology has been deployed worldwide in a wide range of vertical markets, including security, finance, healthcare, commercial enterprises and educational facilities. Additional applications include physical access control, logical access control, retail point-of-sale systems, ATMs, kiosks, time and attendance management systems, visitor ID management and

BiometricUpdate.com comments on biometrics job prospects

Rawlson King, a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com was recently quoted in an article that discussed biometrics as a career option. According to an item in Today’s Engineer, an IEEE publication, King states that the biometric industry is “one of those areas where there will be a tremendous demand for jobs, especially in the future.” As an emerging industry, the Biometrics Research Group Inc., BiometricUpdate.com’s parent company, projects that the global biometrics market will experience fast growth, expanding to $15 billion

Spending on forensic, missing persons DNA biometrics database programs to grow

The Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that law enforcement spending on forensic DNA databases throughout North America will total approximately $750 million in 2015. We project that increasing spending in the DNA biometrics modality will occur due to increased interest surrounding the resolution of missing persons cases. On any given day, there are over 100,000 active missing persons cases in the U.S. and there are approximately 40,000 human remains in medical examiner offices across the country. The Bureau of Justice

Obama’s new measures won’t limit government spying

Despite President Obama directing his administration to reform U.S. surveillance programs in order to make the intelligence community more transparent, spying will continue unabated. While his new guidance to the U.S. intelligence community declares that the United States must not collect intelligence “for the purpose of suppressing or burdening criticism or dissent, or for disadvantaging persons based on their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion”, the continued widespread electronic collection of intelligence will go on. Obama’s administration is only

500 million biometric sensors projected for “Internet of Things” by 2018

The “Internet of Things” can be defined as a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays the entire Internet. Traditionally, the Internet has been defined only by computing and networking equipment, but now the “Internet of Things” paradigm proposes the inclusion  of a wider array of devices, once overlooked. This new paradigm will potentially connect any electro-mechanical device to the Internet with identifying devices or machine-readable instruments. For instance, business may no longer run out of stock

$1,000 Genome will improve health, lower healthcare costs

Last year, the going cost to get one’s genome sequenced was about $10,000. Now it will be closer to one grand.  Illumina, a publicly traded biotech company that specializes in the gene-sequencing machine market, has succeeded in reducing genomic analysis costs by a factor of ten. Through continuous innovation, Illumina technology has broken down barriers in human genome sequencing by increasing data throughput by an astounding rate.  The result has been dramatic price reduction, ushering in the age of the

Go-Trust demonstrates FIDO-based microSD chip

Go-Trust demonstrated its FIDO microSD device at the 2014 International Consumers Electronics Show (CES) this week.  The device allows users to deliver hardware security for mobile devices using the SD and microSD form factor. microSD works with 99 percent of existing laptops and personal computers, and the one billion Android devices in the marketplace today. FIDO microSD supports FIDO login and includes 8GB memory capacity for user storage. “For the hundreds of millions of users and systems integrators who want

Valencell teams with LG Electronics on fitness biometrics

Valencell, an innovator of mobile health and fitness announced at the 2014 International Consumers Electronics Show (CES) this week that its PerformTek Precision Biometrics technology has been licensed to LG Electronics for a new LG Bluetooth heart rate monitoring earphone that will track fitness biometrics. Valencell is a North Carolina-based start-up that offers licensable sensor technology that measures real-time biometrics for fitness monitoring. “Having one of the foremost global consumer electronics brands incorporate PerformTek sensor technology into its products reaffirms