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.

LifeBEAM: An interview with CEO Omri Yoffe

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,

Mobile commerce next killer app for biometrics

Mobile commerce is emerging as the next killer application for biometrics. Previously, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. accurately predicted that biometrics would become integrated within a wide number of mobile devices during the last smartphone product release cycle. The consultancy also correctly predicted that integration would be driven by smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung Electronics. Now, another prediction is proving accurate. In a Biometrics Research Note issued in March 2013, the research vendor stated it believed that

$340 million allocated for Aadhaar expansion in Indian budget

According to a recent press report, after an extensive review, India’s new national government has decided to retain and expand Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric database. The Aadhaar program, governed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is currently used to authenticate delivery of social services including school attendance, natural gas subsidies to India’s rural poor, and direct wage payments to bank accounts. The system, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, also provides identification to

Cross Match to offer biometrics solutions through UK government cloud

Cross Match has just announced the debut of its biometric solutions to enable criminal booking, mobile ID, enrollment and border verification, and identification on the UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore. CloudStore is an online marketplace where suppliers can offer their software, infrastructure or platform “as a service” to the UK public sector via the G-Cloud framework. The G-Cloud framework provides vendors with the opportunity to sell ready-to-deploy services to public sector clients instantly. The G-Cloud framework provides a simplified, streamlined process for

$500 billion spent on intelligence, according to U.S. “black budget”

The United States has spent more than US$500 billion on intelligence since 9/11, an outlay that U.S. officials say has succeeded in its main objective, preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack. This fiscal information, published in intelligent estimates colloquially known as the “black budget”, was revealed for the first time nearly a year ago, through whistle-blower disclosures made by Edward Snowden, which were published by the Washington Post. According to the “black budget”, the United States spent US$80 billion on spy

ievo releases “do it yourself” biometric access control system

ievo recently released a new custom kit which allows its customers to enhance its biometric reader hardware for their unique applications. This allows users to effectively create their very own “do it yourself” biometric access control systems to suit the needs of specific projects. The custom kit gives ievo’s customers the ability to create a personalized biometric access control unit that is suited to their specific needs, without altering the look or design of ievo’s existing series of fingerprint readers.

Global eID revenue to reach $54 billion, says Acuity

According to a new study from Acuity Market Intelligence, the global market for national electronic ID (eID) programs will generate US$54 billion in revenues between 2013 to 2018. The firm also estimates that the number of national eID cards in circulation will double from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion during this same time period. “In five years time, half of the world’s population will have a chip-based national eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe,” according to C. Maxine

U.S. military completes test of biometrics system

The upgraded biometrics database repository at the U.S. Department of Defense, known as DOD ABIS, recently completed an internal test, and will now move on to an operational test, the final testing phase before implementing a fully upgraded system. The Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System (DOD ABIS), is the military’s authoritative biometrics data repository, allowing combatant commanders, DOD agencies, and other federal and international partners to use fingerprint, palm print, iris, and facial data to positively identify known