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.

NexID introduces enhanced fake-finger-detection technology

NexID Biometrics LLC has released an enhanced version of its fake-finger-detection technology for embedded fingerprint sensor systems. The newly enhanced NexID software is now available for custom deployments. The company announced the new software capabilities today at the Global Identity Summit, being held in Tampa. “Our newest version of NexID’s fake-finger-detection technology was re-architected to execute the software’s full feature set of analysis and spoof mitigation while running on embedded processors with far less computing performance and resources,” said Mark

Aware discusses new software development kit INQUIRE

In an exclusive interview with BiometricUpdate.com, David Benini, Vice President of Marketing at Aware, Inc., provided some insight about INQUIRE, its new software development kit, which it will be debuting at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa. Aware provides biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, and defense. Products include SDKs, applications, mobile, and a middleware platform. They perform biometric autocapture, hardware abstraction, data formatting, workflow, and matching, for fingerprint, face, and iris. What is INQUIRE? INformation QUality and Identity

Apple adds smartwatch, biometric payment capabilities to iPhone

After months of rumors and speculation in the press, Apple announced it will soon launch its new Apple Watch, a “smartwatch” featuring four sensors that will measure its user’s pulse. The company also unveiled its latest set of iPhones that have added biometric capabilities. Available in early 2015, the new Apple Watch contains a set of four sensors, built into the back of the watch. Using a combination of photo sensors and infrared and visible-light LEDs, the watch can detect

Aadhaar to be used to issue bank accounts to all Indian households

In a stunning policy reversal, India’s new government is examining new ways to expand Aadhaar, including to issue bank accounts to all Indian households. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power earlier this summer, its leader Narendra Modi had criticized the biometric citizen registry as a “political gimmick” that could not adequately address the control of migrants or national security concerns. There was a common belief that the program, which was closely associated with the Congress Party, would be

DNA evidence identifies Jack the Ripper

According to news reports published in UK newspapers including the Daily Mirror and The Independent over the weekend, DNA evidence has unmasked the identity of “Jack the Ripper”, the infamous rapist and murderer who terrorized London’s East End. DNA found on a shawl belonging to one of the serial killer’s victims was definitively matched to Polish suspect Aaron Kosminski. Kosminski was an insane man who had a great hatred for women, specifically prostitutes. He had been identified as the prime

Secrecy surrounds government surveillance programs

Lack of accountability is usually a common theme when it comes to camera surveillance, so San Diego’s public disclosure of its city surveillance program is atypical. In 2011, the city launched a program entitled “Operation Secure San Diego” that sought the participation of private retail merchants in a police CCTV scheme. The city’s police department believes that the use of private store camera systems could help support public safety efforts. Under the initiative, the San Diego Police Department obtained access

Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents

Biometrics could be the ideal tool to protect private consumer data in the cloud. In the wake of an iCloud security flaw that allowed the theft of nude photos last weekend of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and several other female actresses and musicians, Apple should consider integrating biometric authentication into its next iteration of iCloud security. Authentication is the process of validating users, ensuring that they are who they say they are. Solutions range from traditional alphanumeric username

LifeBEAM: An interview with Zvika Orron, CTO and Co-Founder

LifeBEAM specializes in creating unique hardware and software platforms that monitor multiple physiological parameters including heart rate, blood flow and oxygen saturation. The Israeli-based company manufactures a number of “vitals monitoring gadgets”, that include a cycling helmet and sports cap. Leveraging IndieGogo in April 2013, LifeBEAM raised funds from the public to develop the helmet, which uses an optical sensor instead of an ECG chest strap to measure an athlete’s heart rate. By using an optical sensor in the front

Boston spied, used facial recognition on concertgoers

Recent news reports claim that the City of Boston tested an IBM video mass surveillance system at the Boston Calling Music Festival last year. According to a local blog, Dig Boston, a new, sophisticated event monitoring platform was deployed and evaluated which gave authorities “a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity” of the event. Using IBM’s Smarter Cities solution, the City of Boston leveraged its existing camera infrastructure to monitor everyone who attended

Fingerprint recognition provider Technoglobal adopts accretive M&A strategy

Technoglobal Inc., a leading Japanese provider of fingerprint authentication technology, is seeking to acquire new international businesses to spur accretive growth. Technoglobal has decided to continue its expansion not just through organic growth but also via strategic overseas acquisitions. The firm has hired KGI Asia Limited, a pan-Asian financial services group, to assist in identifying purchase targets. KGI Asia is one of the top 10 futures brokers in the region, serving more than 500,000 clients in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan,