Lawsuit alleges Apple Pay violates patents related to biometrics

Device security company Universal Secure Registry (USR) filed a lawsuit in a Delaware Federal District Court Sunday against Apple and Visa, alleging patent violation by Apple Pay. Kenneth P. Weiss, CEO of USR, holds 13 patents relating to authentication systems using a smartphone, biometrics, and secure one-time token generation for financial transactions, according to the lawsuit. USR alleges its technology protected by those patents is at the core of Apple Pay. The suit also alleges that Weiss had extensive meetings

BIO-key issued U.S. patent for improving small fingerprint sensors

BIO-key has been granted US Patent #9,646,146 for the “Utilization of Biometric Data”, enabling BIO-key and its licensees to use existing small area fingerprint sensors to capture significantly more surface area. The method leads to greater accuracy when performing a match, which in turn leads to better end user experiences and higher security fingerprint authentication scenarios using small area sensors. The technology will allow device manufacturers, application creators, enterprises and end users to instill greater trust in the security of

Startup Xjera Labs develops advanced facial recognition system

Singapore-based startup Xjera Labs has developed a face recognition system that uses artificial intelligence to detect and identify a person or an object from CCTV footage within minutes, according to a report by International Business Times. In development for the past five years, Xjera Labs’ neural networks can detect individuals, vehicles and objects from video footage with a 97 percent accuracy, based on a database of 20,000 facial images taken from CCTV footage. Neural networks are large networks comprised of

Kantara issued $2.4M in grants to develop digital ID and privacy solutions using smartphones

Kantara Initiative has received multiple research grants of up to $2.4 million, which it will use to develop three innovative digital identity and privacy solutions using smartphones including mobile device attribute verification, mobile authentication and physical access control. Lockstep Technologies, Gluu Inc. and Exponent Inc. are also working on the projects with Kantara and the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a research center at the Rutgers University funded by the US Department of Homeland Security

EyeLock issued patent for single camera system to acquire iris and face biometrics

EyeLock has been issued U.S. Patent No. 9,646,217 relating to a single camera system designed to acquire iris and face image biometrics by adjusting the lighting between the two acquisitions. “Our latest patent continues to strengthen EyeLock’s position in the mobile and broader Internet of Things (IoT) sectors,” said EyeLock CEO Jim Demitrieus. “The compact design of this solution leverages a single camera component to perform multiple functions, resulting in a lower total cost to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and

University of Surrey testing blockchain for wearable biometric data‎ storage and analysis

The University of Surrey has won funding for three blockchain initiatives focused on healthcare, voting and digital archives that will store and analyze wearable biometric data, according to a report by V3. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is providing the university with a total of £1.1 million (US$1.4 million) for three bids that use distributed ledger technology (DLT), the technology behind blockchain that is used in Bitcoin currency. The first project, ‘Co-operative Models for Evidence-based Healthcare Redistribution’

Microsoft files patent application for digital pen-based authentication technology

Microsoft has filed a patent application relating to a ‘system and method for authentication with a computer stylus.’ In other words, authenticating a user by what and how they draw on the screen, according to a report by BGR. According to patent application #2010/0155153, Microsoft is looking to use the pen-based authentication technology for its Windows 10 feature, Windows Hello, which allows users to log in using facial recognition, iris, or fingerprint. The technology uses a combination of a unique

Eyelock patents technology for predicting timing for quality iris images

EyeLock has been issued a U.S. patent relating to technology that uses conditions of the iris to predict a time sequence for acquiring a high probability of quality iris images. As noted in the application for U.S. Patent No. 9,633,260, the invention uses conditions about the iris to predict an upcoming time window during which there is a high probability that quality iris images can be acquired for biometric purposes. During this limited timeframe, a limited number of images with

Researchers develop quantum biometrics technique to identify people

Researchers at National Technical University of Athens in Greece have developed a way to exploit quantum mechanics to securely identify individuals, according to a report by Technology Review. Michail Loulakis and his team say that quantum biometrics makes identification more accurate and harder for fraudsters to exploit to gain unauthorized access. Based on the principle that the human eye can detect single photons, the new technique involves special light-detection equipment that relies on rhodopsin molecules in retinal rod cells to

Novetta VP appointed to ISO editor position

Novetta vice president of special projects, Michael Thieme, has been appointed editor of ISO/IEC 30107-4, a performance testing standard related to biometric presentation attack detection. This performance testing standard will address spoofing and presentation attacks against mobile devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones. “This appointment further solidifies Novetta’s role as a thought leader in emerging biometric and identity-related technologies,” said Tiffanny Gates, Novetta president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to supporting this important and challenging work.” According