Valencell releases new biometric sensor modules; announces new integration

Valencell has released two new versions of its Benchmark sensor systems, the biometric sensor modules that incorporates the company’s PerformTek biometric technology, experience and expertise. The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a version designed for hearables, and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of the original Benchmark sensor system for wearables worn at the wrist and arm. The two new modules both have a smaller footprint and more power efficiency than past models, while improving on Valencell’s accuracy. Benchmark sensor

Microsoft files biometric gestures patent, suggests whole-screen fingerprint reader

Microsoft filed a patent earlier this year for a new feature called “Biometric Gestures”, which allows smartphone owners to perform various actions by swiping their fingerprint scanner in a certain direction, according to a report by MS Power User. Google recently added a similar feature for Google Pixel called fingerprint scanner gestures. “In one or more implementations, a computing device includes a biometric sensor, such as a fingerprint touch sensor, that is configured to detect gesture input,” Microsoft writes in

STMicroelectronics, Valencell launch biometric sensor platform for wearables, IoT

Valencell and semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics have launched a highly accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables. The kit includes ST’s compact SensorTileturnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell’s Benchmark biometric sensor system, which deliver a set of sensors to support the most advanced wearable use cases. “Valencell’s Benchmark solution leverages the high accuracy of ST’s MEMS sensor technology along with SensorTile’s miniature form factor, flexibility, and STM32 open development environment-based ecosystem,” said Tony Keirouz, vice president of marketing and applications

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

KnuEdge looking for speakers for heterogeneous neural networks event

As part of its effort to advance neural computing innovation and transform human-machine interaction, KnuEdge has opened a call for papers to be presented at its heterogeneous neural networks (HNN) workshop in April 2017. The event is expected to grow into a series, and is presented in partnership with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego. KnuEdge is looking for academic papers on the benefits of sparse networks in theory and practice from fields

Gait biometrics expert named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Gait biometrics expert Sudeep Sarkar has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Program has 757 Fellows worldwide representing more than 229 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents. Sudeep Sarkar, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering and associate Vice President for Research & Innovation at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, is an expert in the area of gait

Securus successfully defends US patent before board

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled in favor of Securus Technologies regarding a patent invalidation filing by Global Tel*Link (GTL). Despite GTL’s dissention that the patent should be nullified, the court sided with Securus on several key aspects of the biometric identity verification patent. U.S. Patent No. 7,494,061 B2 covers technology relating to identity verification using biometric monitoring during operation of a device, such as a secure inmate telephone in a prison or jail facility. “We were

BioCatch obtains 9 new patents in 2016

BioCatch has expanded its patent portfolio to over 40 granted and pending patents, with nine new patents obtained this year alone. The company’s IP portfolio expansion was led by its recently filed patent entitled “System, Device, and Method Estimating Force Applied to a Touch Surface,” which covers technology that enables device makers to omit the use of expensive hardware that are traditionally needed to estimate the force and pressure applied to touch surfaces on devices. Designed for the small screen,

NSF awards grant for research to speed up biometrics data processing

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant to a team from Clarkson University researching computer engineering to deal with the heavy workloads demanded by biometrics. In a Tuesday announcement, Clarkson University said the grant will be used to acquire a heterogeneous high-performance computing cluster for use by a four-member research team. “Our project is a small-scale super computer with a lot of horsepower for computation ability,” said research team leader Chen Liu. “It has many servers, interconnected to

Neurotechnology fingerprint algorithm for smart cards passes NIST MINEX III evaluation

Neurotechnology announced that it submitted its MegaMatcher On Card fingerprint matching algorithm implementation for smart cards for the NIST Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) III evaluation and passed all key steps of the evaluation process. The MINEX III evaluation is a series of tests involving fingerprint templates designed to establish compliance of template generators and template matchers for the SP 800-76-2 Biometric Specifications for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) U.S. government program for interoperability, native accuracy and ANSI INCITS 378 standard compliance