China’s semiconductor strategy is bad news for foreign companies

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. China’s government seems to be taking off the gloves when it comes to competition in the global market for semiconductors and related technology. As the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile devices and consumer electronics, China imported US$227 billion of chips in 2016, almost double oil imports, according to data from China’s customs agency. In 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology created a fund to

Cognitec adds video investigation tools to FaceVACS-DBScan product

The latest release of Cognitec’s FaceVACS-DBScan product combines the company’s image database search technology with video inspection tools for a multitude of investigation use cases. According to a statement from the German face recognition company, FaceVACS-DBScan LE enables fast import of video footage and detailed investigations of extracted facial images allowing police to quickly narrow down suspect investigations. The investigation can reveal, for example, if a suspect was seen in various locations within a set time window, always with the

Fingerprint Cards announces partnership with Linxens

Fingerprint Cards has announced a partnership with Linxens, a designer and manufacturer of microconnectors for smartcards and RFID antennas. The partnership, targeted towards card manufacturers, will see Fingerprint Cards providing its T-Shape sensor module for Linxens’ contactless fingerprint-on-card Prelam. According to a company statement, Linxens’ Prelam technology integrates and connects all the functional components of a smartcard and can be converted into finished cards by means of standard smartcard machinery and processes. As well, Linxens’ tape technology makes the fingerprint

Brazil adopts OSTP Alliance CIPURSE to protect personal data on new drivers’ license smartcards

Brazil has adopted CIPURSE, the OSPT Alliance’s non-proprietary, open standard for secure transaction solutions, to protect personal data including fingerprints and face photos on new drivers’ license cards. Under the new scheme, the cards will be readable by law enforcement officers with an NFC smartphone app, and card-holders can access financial services with fingerprint authentication. The card also allows for public transportation implementations. “CIPURSE was selected as it is a fast, easy to program, open and non-proprietary standard which is

Balabit launches new privileged access management solution

Balabit has announced the launch of its new Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution, which integrates its Privileged Session Management (PSM) technology and its Privileged Account Analytics (PAA) behavior analytics software. The new software is offered as a turnkey solution for large enterprises. It records privileged sessions in granular detail, according to the announcement, and monitors and authenticates users in real-time with sophisticated analytics to reinforce traditional security measures like password management. “Up until now, password management has been the first

Onfido facial and document recognition onboarding platform launches to Salesforce AppExchange

Onfido has announced the launch of its remote onboarding platform on the Salesforce AppExchange to bring its document and facial verification tool to the CRM giant’s Financial Services Cloud and other customers. Onfido uses machine learning technology to enable users to confirm their identity with a photo of an identity documents and a “live” selfie, protecting access to online services. The technology performs automated checks on 600 documents from 192 countries, and is used by 1,500 customers globally, the company

Zwipe publishes report on biometric authentication solutions for payments

Zwipe has released a report on biometric authentication solutions for payments. The report is based upon market research features interviews with 15 leading international experts from academia, financial institutions and solution providers. Zwipe is a Norwegian-based biometric technology firm that is focused on developing and commercializing secure, fast and easy-to-use biometric authentication solutions in three key areas: payments, access control and identification. Zwipe’s report, targeted at industry players, aims to highlight developments in payment biometrics, specifically focused on trends driving

New biometric system boosts Marines data sharing capabilities

A new biometric system deployed by the Marine Corps System Command has led to a 154 percent increase in biometric collections submitted, and 11 watch list hits in its first month of use, dvidshub.net reports. The complete solution is supplied by Aware, according to David Benini, Aware’s VP of marketing and product. It includes an Aware-developed application running on a hardened mobile device from a partner supplier. The Identity Dominance System-Marine Corps (IDS-MC) captures fingerprints, iris and face images, to

Use of automated border control kiosks increases by 71 percent CAGR over four years

The number of digital identification and biometrics-based border control kiosks in use has increased by 71 percent CAGR over the last four years to 2283 kiosks deployed across 71 installations in 59 global ports of entry, according to the latest report by Acuity Market Intelligence. The tally includes Automated Border Control (ABC) Kiosks, Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks, and Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK) at international airports and cruise terminals. “As airports and other ports of entry struggle to keep up

Gemalto considering Atos 4.3 billion euros bid

French IT service group Atos has made an unsolicited offer to acquire Gemalto for 4.3 billion euros ($5.06 billion), or 46 euros a share, dividend included. Atos claims to have secured the backing of the France’s state-owned investment bank Bpifrance, which holds an 8.3 per cent stake in Gemalto, for the deal. Gemalto’s board said on Tuesday that the company has until Friday to review the unsolicited all-cash bid. “The company subsequently informed Atos that it would carefully review the