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.

SIBA teams with SIA to encourage airport biometric entry-exit system

The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a key biometrics industry non-profit trade association, announced that it has teamed up with the Security Industry Association (SIA), an industry advocacy group, to establish an “Airport Entry and Exit Working Group“. The working group was formed to represent the identity, document authentication and biometric industry to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, in an effort to support the development of a fully-functional airport border

Webinar addressed myths surrounding 2FA, biometrics

Last week, BiometricUpdate.com was pleased to moderate a webinar entitled “Debunking Biometric Myths: Moving Beyond Passwords to Empower Your Mobile Workforce”, which was co-hosted by EyeVerify and Good Technology. Both companies were represented by Chris Barnett, EVP Sales & Marketing at EyeVerify and Eugene Liderman, Director of Public Sector, at Good Technology, respectively. The webinar examined myths concerning biometrics, mobility, passwords, security and mainly the use of two-factor authentication. The webinar’s sponsors are widely-acknowledged leaders in two-factor authentication security solutions.

Nok Nok Labs & Javelin release mobile security report

This week, Nok Nok Labs and Javelin Strategy & Research, released the findings of a new research report entitled: “Smartphones, Tablets, and Fraud: When Apathy Meets Security”. The report, sponsored by Nok Nok Labs, found that consumer apathy around mobile security has led to insecure personal data on mobile devices. The report notes that at least six in 10 mobile users reuse passwords across multiple accounts. As a result, the prioritization of convenience over security in online authentication has led

Explainer: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a method of accessing computing and financial resources or physical facilities, with more than just a password or personal information number (PIN or passcode). Using a singular password or passcode to access such resources makes a user susceptible to security threats, because it represents a only a single piece of information that a malicious person needs to acquire. The additional security that 2FA provides thus ensures that additional information is required to sign in to

EyeVerify launches updated version of EyePrint ID

EyeVerify Inc. today will release EyePrint ID v2.0, the second version of the firm’s patented technology that eliminates the need to use passwords on mobile devices, at the Money 20/20 event in Las Vegas this week. EyeVerify will provide demonstrations of the new technology at the Aria Hotel at Starvine 10 at 10:30 am PT. EyeVerify’s patented Eyeprint ID technology uses built-in cameras in today’s mobile devices to image and then pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of

SecureTech 2014 being held in Ottawa this week

SecureTech 2014, a leading public safety, emergency management and security event in Canada starts today in Ottawa at the city’s convention centre. The event will feature 50,000 square feet of space with more than 160 Canadian and international exhibits. There will also be prominent speakers, specialized workshops, panel discussions and roundtables aimed at defining and delivering the best practices and solutions for law enforcement, paramedics, firefighters, point-of-entry agencies, and search-and-rescue organizations. More than 2,500 attendees from the private and public

India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme

Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the massive, expanded use of Aadhaar. Since taking power, the new central government has linked several new projects with the biometric identification scheme. The scheme, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, which has provided biometric identification numbers to millions of Indians, was criticized by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the run-up to the national elections. Now

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