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.

Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

India working to replace cash with biometric e-payment

The chief executive of India’s leading economic development agency told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the country could introduce biometric payments within three years, thereby eliminating the need for cash and typical electronic payment methods, including: automated teller machines, along with debit and credit cards. Amitabh Kant, National Institution for Transforming India, was quoted in a CNN news affiliate report as saying that such now commonplace e-payment methods may be “totally redundant” by 2020. According to

NIST updates cybersecurity framework

This week, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an update to its Cybersecurity Framework. The Cybersecurity Framework emerged in February 2014 as a response to a Presidential Executive Order. The goal of the framework is to minimize risks to critical infrastructure in the United States, such as in the transportation, banking, water and energy sectors. The executive order directed NIST to work with stakeholders across the country to develop the voluntary framework based on existing cybersecurity

NIST to launch ongoing face recognition vendor test

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will launch a new, ongoing “Face Recognition Vendor Test”, beginning in February 2017. The test will be aimed at evaluating the face recognition performance on cooperative images, as collected in civil and criminal identity management applications. NIST also notes that the test will additionally evaluate accuracy on more difficult images, including in-the-wild and photojournalism images and non-cooperative surveillance stills. The test will result in performance reports that will include measurements of

RCMP currently examining use of DNA familial searching

According to a recent article in the Ottawa Sun, using family-member DNA searches could help solve Canadian cold cases. With the advent of highly detailed and accessible genetic databases, police forces can now search for DNA samples that are extremely similar, but which are not identical, to identity an unknown perpetrator. Utilizing this technique, law enforcement officials can attempt to analyze “familial matches” in DNA databases, in order to seek out other family members who are the real suspects of

Scientists working on using DNA for computers

Scientists at Brock University believe that DNA will eventually be used to enhance the memory capacity of computers. DNA can generate binary codes just like computers do, and do not require electricity or materials such as silicon, aluminum and cobalt to do so. As a result, scientists at Brock have been examining ways that DNA can utilized to enhance computing capacity. In fact, chemist Feng Li, graduate student Xiaolong Yang, postdoctoral fellow Yanan Tang and undergraduate student Sarah Traynor have

Explainer: Keystroke recognition

Keystroke recognition has been defined by both industry and academics as the process of measuring and assessing a typing rhythm on digital devices, including on: computer keyboards, mobile phones, and touch screen panels. A noted typing measurement, keystroke recognition, often called “keystroke dynamics”, refers to the detailed timing information that describes exactly when each key was pressed on a digital device and when it was released as a person types. Though biometrics tend to rely on physical traits like fingerprint

Trump adds biometrics industry veteran to transition team

According to an FCW report, President-elect Donald Trump has named Michael T. Dougherty, currently CEO of the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA), as a member of his transition team, with responsibility over the Department of Homeland Security. The transition process, governed by the Presidential Transition Act, ensures the smooth transfer of executive power. Dougherty will provide policy advice to the incoming Trump administration, which has made completing the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, now in pilot project stage, a

U.S. privacy rights group calls for facial recognition regulation

According to a report recently published by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law on unregulated face recognition, at least 117 million adults are included in face recognition databases maintained by U.S. law enforcement. The report is part of a year-long investigation by the privacy rights group, based upon the results of more than 100 government record requests. The report voices concerns about facial recognition and other biometric tools because the technology is unregulated. The report found, that

YES BANK offers Aadhaar-enabled point-of-sales terminal

YES BANK, an Indian financial institution, has partnered with Lastmile.mobi to introduce a point-of-sale terminal solution which integrates smart card with Aadhaar e-KYC and Aadhaar e-signing. The device will allow for biometric authentication through iris scanning, and has multiple functionalities, including: cash deposits and withdrawals, purchase transactions, transfer of fund, balance enquiries, e-KYC verification for account opening and e-signatures for account opening. By introducing this system, YES BANK becomes the first financial institution in India to implement such an integrated