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Fujitsu begins internal deployment of its palm vein authentication technology

In an effort to drive enhanced security and streamlined operations, Fujitsu is rolling out a large-scale deployment of its PalmSecure palm vein authentication technology within the company. Palm vein authentication will replace the password-based authentication used by approximately 80,000 employees in Japan to access their virtual desktops. Smartcard-based authentication installed at the entrances to workplaces at two offices in Japan will also make the switch over to palm vein authentication. A field trial with 5,200 employees working at these locations

Suprema sets up Middle East operations

Suprema continues to expand its global operations with the establishment of Suprema Middle East FZCO. The new operations are located in the Dubai Airport Free Zone. Mohamed El Shenawy has been appointed to lead the regional sales team and focus on the new business development as well as supporting existing business partners in the region. “Suprema Middle East FZCO is committed to help our strategic partners and customers in the Middle East,” explains said SY Lee, Director of Global Business

BIO-key updates fingerprint algorithm, biometric service platform

BIO-key has released updates of its WEB-key biometric service platform and fingerprint algorithm software. New features in WEB-key 4.0 include support for one-time passwords, proximity cards, security questions, passwords and PINs, support for Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, an updated user interface for customization and branding, support for device based authentication via Windows Biometric Framework, and expanded audit logs. BIO-key’s NIST-tested, core fingerprint algorithm VST has also been updated to include Windows, MAC OS X, and Linux

Speed up implementation of biometrics technology to secure borders: WTTC

According to Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the implementation of biometrics technology to facilitate secure borders is the single biggest opportunity for the travel and tourism sector in 2018. “Biometric technology has been evolving over many years and we have seen gradual implementation across the sector for some time,” explained Guevara. “However, in order for the step change which needs to happen to improve security and create jobs through increased tourism

Zwipe raises additional $1.2M in latest equity capital round

Zwipe reported today that in December it raised an additional $1.2 million (NOK 9.6 million) on top of the $4.3 million (NOK 35 million) private placement of new shares announced November 30. The size of the equity capital raise was increased to meet demand for shares from existing shareholders. The latest equity capital round brings the total raised in equity, debt, and grants since inception to $25.6 million (NOK 208 million). Key employees of the Norwegian biometrics technology company including

Defense ministry deploys BIO-key biometric management platform

BIO-key revealed that the cybersecurity group of an unnamed government defense ministry has selected and deployed BIO-key’s WEB-key server-based biometric management platform, as well as BIO-key fingerprint scanners, to protect its existing federated Microsoft Active Directory environment. The US$257K initial purchase order will enable strong authentication for the users of defense ministry IT systems and is expected to lead to additional opportunities as the solution is deployed more broadly. According to a company statement, BIO-key worked closely with the ministry’s

FacePhi exceeds forecasts, reports 307% jump in profits

With 21 banks now using its software and services, Spanish facial recognition firm FacePhi is reporting a 307 percent jump to a net profit of 457,205 euros for 2017. The company feels this upward trend will continue in 2018, given FacePhi’s aim to increase the size of its international business with a presence in the U.S., European and Asian markets. Shares in FacePhi rose by 60% over the year, from €0.68 on January 1, 2017 to €1.09 on December 31,

Nissan’s SUV concept uses a fingerprint reader to unlock doors

Nissan has debuted its six-passenger, three-row Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion”) SUV concept at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS 2018) in Detroit. The vehicle uses a fingerprint reader instead of a key fob to unlock the doors. The interior design incorporates advanced graphic user interfaces and autonomous driving technologies. The displays and infotainment system can be controlled by gestures and eye movements. The infotainment system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple’s Car Play setups. The interior

Intersec 2018 to feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries

Intersec will open for the 20th time in Dubai next week and will feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries. The three-day event will span 60,000sqm of exhibition space across 13 halls, and features 19 of the world’s top 20 commercial security solutions providers. More than 32,000 attendees are expected from 129 countries. The show is divided into seven sections including Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information & Cyber Security, Smart Home & Building

Precise Biometrics appoints new CEO

Precise Biometrics has appointed Stefan K Persson CEO. Current CEO Håkan Persson has resigned effective immediately. Stefan K Persson is currently an EVP with the Bang Olufsen Group and will assume his new position by August 1, 2018. Until then Göran Thuresson, CFO, be acting CEO with Torgny Hellström as Executive Chairman. “I am very pleased to be part of Precise Biometrics future journey and drive the company to the next level,” said Persson. “Biometrics is an extremely interesting area