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Fingerprint Cards tops Sweden Technology Fast 50 again

Fingerprint Cards is the first company to take first place for two consecutive years in Deloitte’s independent ranking of Sweden’s fastest growing technology companies, the Sweden Technology Fast 50. Fingerprint Cards saw growth of 6,858 percent. The company’s line of touch sensors come in 55 smartphone models with 23 different manufacturers. The company was founded in 1997 and is listed on the LargeCap list since 2016. Fingerprint Cards is the first company ever in the Swedish ranking’s fourteen-year history that

IDEMIA provides biometrics-based passenger processing system at Changi Airport

IDEMIA (formerly known as OT-Morpho) has deployed a complete passenger processing biometric system at the newly opened Terminal 4 at Changi Airport in Singapore. Changi Airport originally selected IDEMIA in September 2015 to provide biometric identification and authentication services as passengers pass through the airport’s terminal. The solution is based on IDEMIA’s MorphoPass Airport Solution which provides automated passenger ID checks using facial recognition at all departure control points. The system includes a centralized platform used by airlines and the

CPI, Zwipe partner on easy biometric upgrade for data center cabinets

Chatsworth Products (CPI) has partnered with Zwipe on a highly secure, easy-to-deploy, dual-factor biometric access control system for data center cabinets using Zwipe Access Cards and CPI Electronic Access Control (EAC) Solutions. Zwipe Access offers contactless, biometric authentication in a fingerprint-activated card. By touching the sensor on the card, the card owner verifies their identity, and the positive fingerprint authentication allows the card to communicate with the reader. The fingerprint data is registered and securely encrypted and stored on the

Kickstarter campaign launched to fund biometrics-based global ID startup

Biometrics-based global identity system startup GID has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise €25,000 in funding to support software development and manufacturing. The system captures user biometric data, and uses it to generate a unique, 15-digit alphanumeric code with a proprietary algorithm. The user does not have to remember the code, as it can be accessed with the fingerprint sensor instantaneously, according to launch announcement. GID account holders also receive GID email and messenger accounts, a cloud data storage account

Secure Identity Alliance welcomes ID4Africa as advisory observer

ID4Africa has joined the Secure Identity Alliance as an Advisory Observer. ID4Africa will support the Secure Identity Alliance’s work advocating for trusted digital identities for all in Africa and will provide valuable knowledge-sharing and insights on launching successful and sustainable identity programs across the continent. ID4Africa Executive Chairman Dr Joseph J. Atick will represent ID4Africa. Dr. Atick brings more than 25 years experience with many of the world’s leading identity programs and is an active partner of many international organizations

9M enrolled in Malawi identity program

Nine million Malawians have been successfully registered in the country’s nationwide identity program using biometric registration kits from Laxton Group. Laxton was awarded the contract by the United Nations Development Program in February 2017. The biometric registration kits were used by National Registration Bureau officers to register new applicants and amend existing records for the nationwide registration campaign. Laxton’s solution included the delivery of 2,000 registration kits, a central biometric record management system, in-country project management, and training of National

AI facial recognition startup SenseTime secures investment from Qualcomm

Chinese artificial intelligence facial recognition startup SenseTime Group has secured an investment from Qualcomm as part of a $500 million funding round that will close later this year, according to a Reuters report. Qualcomm confirmed the investment in a statement. The firms did not disclose the size of the investment. In July, the startup raised $410 million from Chinese investors, which, at the time, was reportedly the largest single financing round for any artificial intelligence company. Earlier this year, it

Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020

A government official has confirmed that Costa Rica will issue citizens ePassports by 2020 and that the project will soon be put up for open tender, according to a report in The Costa Rica Star. Gisella Yockchen, director of the General Migration Direction, said the total project has an estimated cost of $25 million, and consists of three four-month stages from the moment the tender is finalized. The first stage involves the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification sytem (AFIS)

Precise Biometrics reports sales drop in tough capacitive sensor market

Competition in the capacitive sensor market caused a drop in sales for Precise Biometrics in Q3 2017, resulting in an operating loss, the company said as it reported its quarterly financial results. Net sales declined 56 percent year-over-year to approximately SEK 10.1 M, and the company’s operating margin fell 64 percent to a loss of SEK 6.5 M. Precise Biometrics CEO Håkan Persson said that a small number of companies with competitive advantages from early market entry dominate the market

NEC announces change in executive leadership, expanded presence in Washington

NEC Corporation of America (NECAM) has named Masahiro Ikeno its new president and CEO. Ikeno previously oversaw activities for all NEC subsidiaries in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his EMEA assignment, Ikeno worked closely with NECAM as VP of the global business unit and general manager of the Americas and EMEA divisions. He also worked in the United States from 1994 to 2002 as director of business planning for the server division. “I look forward to the new