Top Biometrics News Stories, Week of April 19

Biometrics Week in Review: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint hack, Fingerprint Cards order for touch sensors, CardLogix encoding engine for ID cards and badges, SmartMetric biometric ID card, Biometrics at ‘CES on the Hill’, Apple patent application about biometric spoofing, PayPal Samsung fingerprint integration, Quixter launches palm vein payment system, Kenyan government kicks off biometric database project and an editorial on biometric voter enrollment. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on this past

Top Biometrics News Stories, Week of April 12

Biometrics Week in Review: Cognitec boasts NIST test results, Eximbank deploys fingerprint authentication, AGNITiO’s mobile voice biometrics platform, banking apps with voice biometrics, Fujitsu ATMs with biometrics and NFC, PayPal Samsung fingerprint integration, Steve Thies interview, iris recognition white paper and an editorial on biometric voter enrollment. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on this past week. Cognitec boasts NIST face recognition vendor test results – Cognitec announced that its facial recognition

Banking Apps to Feature Voice Biometrics, Audio Virtual Assistants

Two major banks will soon introduce the use of audio virtual assistants combined with voice biometrics in their mobile apps, says Nuance Communications. According to a report by Bank Innovation, USAA is currently using Nuance’s virtual assistant Nina while US Bank is testing a voice assistant for a select group of credit card customers. More banks are currently in talks to follow suit. The combination of a virtual assistant with voice biometrics is an innovative approach that could potentially change

GCR Launches Biometric System with Business Automation

IT products and services consulting firm GCR announced on Wednesday it has introduced a credentialing system that couples the power of biometrics with business automation and other aspects. Dubbed AirportIQ Secure Credentials, the new system offers continuous validation of background, identity verification of aviation workers and binding of biometric and biographic information to the individual. The system, which GCR says is actively being marketed to other airports, manages the entry and maintenance of identity information, prints badges, interfaces with access

Stanford Researchers Develop Video Game Controller with Biometric Sensors

A Stanford University research team has modified an Xbox 360 control pad to measure a player’s heart rate, rate of breath, deepness of breath, and movement to calculate how excited a player is by the game. Creator Gregory Kovacs, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, told Stanford News that he replaced the back of the controller with his own customized device which features metal sensor pads, a light-operated sensor and an accelerometer. Using biometric sensors, the modded controller takes

Animetrics launches facial recognition API for commercial licensing

Animetrics has just released its first API for commercial licensing. The new API, called FaceR, gives developers to ability to write programs based on Animetrics’s facial recognition technology. According to the company, the FaceR API will yield advanced facial recognition apps in the commercial and enterprise markets. Animetrics says this is its first foray into the commercial space. The new API provides the critical functions for face detection, facial features detection and 2D to 3D pose correction. Animetrics currently holds the

NTIA launches new privacy process for commercial facial recognition

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced a new privacy multi-stakeholder process regarding the commercial use of facial recognition technology. The first meeting regarding this new process will be held of February 6, 2014, and subsequent meetings will be held throughout the year. According to the administration, the goal of the new process is to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology. Stakeholders will discuss how

Central Bank of Nigeria teams up with Dermalog for biometric POS, ATMs

The Central Bank of Nigeria has contracted Dermalog Identification Systems to deploy a biometric technology throughout the country’s banking system. In particular, this project, worth more than $50 million will see the introduction of biometric ARMs, point of sale machines, as well as biometric fraud detection systems. Reported by ThisDay Live, the deal comes as increasing cases of money laundering and other fraud have severely affected the Nigerian economy.   According to CBN Governor Mallam Sanusa Lamido Sanusi however, none of these

Tesco uses face detection to target ads in gas stations

Tesco is set to introduce facial recognition technology at certain gas stations to target ads to its customers standing at the counter to pay. Reported in BBC, Tesco has contracted the screens from Amscreen. According to the report, the new digital ad screens contain a camera which will estimate age and gender to target its ads. The company is specific to point out that the systems won’t record data and won’t specifically identify people – other than by gender and age.

Global market for commercial biometrics to reach $6.15B in 2019: Frost & Sullivan

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan estimates that the global biometrics market will reach $6.15 billion in 2019, thanks in part to increasing awareness across industries. The research, Analysis of the Global Commercial Biometrics Market, is now available from Frost & Sullivan, as a part of its Automatic Identification Growth Partnership Service program. “Better end-user recognition of the unique capabilities of biometric technologies, including enhanced security as well as physical and logical access control in applications, has helped vendors win